We have all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” The phrase originated in an 1826 manuscript written by a French lawyer by the name of Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. It read “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
Food is a good thing. It gives you strength and life. As a trainer and coach, one of the most common questions I hear is, “How many calories should I eat to lose weight?” Diet companies want you to believe counting calories is the only way to a healthy body. I always get a good laugh when I go out to eat and I see the calorie content on the menu next to the meal. In my years of experience, I’ve learned that the key to losing weight is eating high-quality nutrient rich food in moderation, combined with exercise and enough sleep. A healthy body begins in the kitchen and is sculpted in the gym.
“You are what you eat,” also applies to all of the information we take into our minds during a twenty-four hour period. The things we think about, watch, talk about and listen to are all food for our minds.
Make it a goal to feed your body and your mind things that build you up. If you ingest negativity, flush it out and move on. Make changes so that you surround yourself with positivity instead.
Eat food that contributes to your body’s strength and health. The protein, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function at its peak can all be found in real foods and vegetables. There is no need for expensive powders, supplements or shakes.
Read books that stimulate your mind. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to have strong values. If you have free time, consider taking free online college courses. I have had great experiences with free online courses from both Hillsdale College and Dallas Theological Seminary. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars to learn in today’s world.
It’s also important to have a healthy spiritual life. After all, our bodies will eventually fail, but through Christ we have eternal life. I feed my spirit by spending time reading the Bible and time in prayer. As I’ve increased the quality of the things I’m feeding my mind, body and spirit, my quality of life has improved at the same time.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you – whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.