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We Are What We Eat


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We have all heard the saying, “We are what we eat,” but I wonder how many of us really thought about that. I mean, really? Have you ever stopped to really think about what that means. We all know that we seriously won’t look like that Krispy Kreme donut or a bunch of grapes, but in a sense we will resemble what we put into our bodies. This brings to mind that Pedisure commercial, as well as the Nutrigrain bars commercial. In the Pedisure commercial you have one kid dressed as an order of french fries and has no energy, while another kid is dressed like a bottle of Pedisure and has tons of energy. In the Nutrigrain bars commercial you have one woman with a donut wrapped around her waist (or two huge cinnamon rolls in place of her buttocks in another version), while another woman munches on her Nutrigrain bar looking stunning. Now, I am not going to go into me views on either of these mention products in this post. That is for another day. But it does make you think about how true it is that we do, in a sense, become what we eat. 

Are you tired all the time? Word down? Fatigued? Skin breaking out all the time? Feeling sluggish? Sick constantly? Can’t seem to get rid of that extra pounds that has lingered far too long? Well stop to think about the things you are putting into your body. If you have to, keep a food journal of what you eat each day (do it for about a week to make yourself aware). Sometimes we just don’t realize what all we put in our bodies each day. Sure those handful of M&Ms don’t look like much. That small “snack size” bag of chips isn’t that big of a bag. That soda (diet or regular) wasn’t that big of a glass. We have all sorts of ways of justifying  excuses. Am I saying that we can’t ever enjoy a treat every now and then? Absolutely not. But we can’t call it a “treat” if we are consuming it all the time. And by all the time, yes, I am even talking about eating/drinking it everyday. 

Did you know that drinking just ONE can/bottle of soda a day adds up to you consuming 50 pounds of sugar a year? And that is just for regular soda. Diet soda is not a “healthier” substitute for regular soda. Diet soda causes kidney damage, weight gain, tooth enamel damage, and bone loss. Not to mention it is made with ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, which cause more harm than good to our bodies. Yikes! By cutting out the snack size bag of chips everyday, one can shed over a pound per month. And I am not sure that we even consider how much salt is in those bad boys. 

I suggest replacing sodas with water. You can even flavor our water with lemon, lime, strawberries, and other fruits. Swap those snack size chip bags for raw veggies, all natural popcorn, or raw nuts. If there is a candy jar in your office avoid walking by it, or if it is specifically your candy jar dump it out. Pack healthy snacks to take to work with you, while you’re running errands, or even on outings. Fill that candy jar with raw almonds instead. Purchase a reusable water bottle to keep filled throughout the day (make sure to drink your water throughout the day, as well). 

Our bodies need the right foods in order to function properly. When we are putting more of the wrong foods and drinks in our bodies, our bodies function slower. We feel sluggish, fatigued, and sick. When we put more of the right foods and drinks in our bodies, our bodies perform at their best. We feel energized. We aren’t as tired throughout the day. We aren’t sick as often. We just feel better in general. I don’t know about you, but I like feeling good. I want to have energy to get done what I need to get done each day. I want to look and feel my best. I want to stay away from the doctor as much as possible. I want to treat my body right. After all our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit. 

So, now what do you think about the saying, “we are what we eat”? What are you eating? 

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