You Are What You Eat: What does this phrase mean?

The phrase “You Are What You Eat” was known to have originated in the 1800s in Germany.

In an essay titled ‘Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism’, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote: “Der Mensch ist, was er ißt” which means ‘man is what he eats’ in English. He was stating that the food one eats affects one’s state of mind and health.

You are what you eat

The actual phrase didn’t emerge in English until the 1900s. During the hippy era of the 1960s, the hippies adopted the phrase as a slogan for healthy eating.

Some commentators have also suggested that the idea has a religious rather than a dietary basis. Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are changed into the body and blood of Jesus.

Apart from all those beliefs, the phrase ‘You Are What You Eat’ is literally true. It is important to eat good food in order to be healthy and fit. Every one of your cells replaces in about seven years. Those new cells are made from the food you eat.

When you eat consciously, you can eat whatever you want. You should think about whether you are eating because of hunger or something else. Feeding the belly is not feeding the soul. So take a good look at what you have got on your plate. It is about to be a part of you.

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