You’ve probably heard the phrase “what you are is what you eat”. It’s a common phrase used in conversations about health, wellness and the undeniable connection between food and our bodies.
Today we wanted to take a moment to talk about this phrase. But not just how the phrase emphasizes the importance of nutrition and the connection between food and our bodies. We also want to discuss how the food we choose to consume directly relates to who we are, our values, and what kind of world we want to live in. Specifically, we want to talk about why we should be mindful of what we consume as food and even how we consume it.
The best thing to do is to ensure that you eat healthily. The best way to do this is to understand food and food consumption. Eating intentionally, meaning eating with the purpose to serve your body with nutrition and to fuel it with good intentions. Not because you are bored or stressed. Simply put, you are what you eat, you eat what you are, and you’ll definitely become what you put in your body both from a moral standpoint and a physical standpoint.
What You Are Is What You Eat
Food is a must. We all need it to survive. However, it’s important to consume good food that can help nourish the body. Good food and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. What you eat directly reflects your health, values, and overall wellbeing.
Food Directly Impacts Our Health:
The connection between the food we eat and our health is scientifically proven at this point. If you eat a lot of junk food, your body becomes unhealthy. It can suffer from obesity, chronic diseases, type 2 diabetes, hear disease, physical weakness, malnutrition and, in worse cases, cancer. Eating unhealthy can harm your gut, impact your skin health, blood pressure, increase inflammation, & so much more.
The Effects of Food on Our Body & Mind
The food you eat directly impacts how you feel and show up in the world. Even if it doesn’t lead to disease, if the food you eat isn’t healthy and nutritious, you won’t feel your best. It’s important to eat foods packed full of nutrients so you can have higher energy, better mood, and regulated hormones. Studies have even shown that eating foods like salmon packed with Omega 3’s and B12, can help regulate mood disorders. Consuming low quality food is less nutrient dense, and can even impact your body chemistry. If your food is packed with hormones, your hormones can be impacted. When the animals you consume aren’t healthy, they won’t pass along the nutrients you need for better performance in your life either.
How Your Food Choices Reflect Your Values
All in all, healthy eating goes a long way. It even extends and touches our values. When people look at eating food, even processed food, how it’s harvested, grown, and even sold to the public, can be a critical reflection of our values and lifestyle. If you consume food produced in an immoral or unethical way, you’re not impacting the planet or animals in a way that reflects your values. This doesn’t, and shouldn’t feel good. We all want to feel good about the food we eat and be able to enjoy it! So ethically sourced food is essential in that conversation.
Therefore, as humans, critical thinking in choosing where to buy and consume food based on our values should become the norm. You can totally show your love for the environment and the community by choosing to support local farmers. You can express your respect for the Earth by choosing sustainable producers. Choosing to eat humanely treated animals can be a reflection of your love for animals. What we eat is such a huge part of who we are, so choosing to eat healthily, ethically sourced products is definitely a part of that.
Do you believe the food you eat directly reflects who and what you are?
Remember, ethical food consumption is a continuous goal we can try to achieve. Both for your body and a reflection of who you are as a human being. It is a choice, a lifestyle, and a reflection of values. It is a never-ending process, so choose to be good to yourself and choose to eat good food that can make you feel good about yourself, your body, your physical health, and the direction of our planet.