We Are What We Eat

Remember the old, “You are what you eat” campaign? It was an attempt to remind people to think about what they put into their bodies. After all, those are the only nutrients bodies have to build from. Back then, I don’t think we comprehended the cellular turnover rates that science has discovered. We were just discovering building blocks back then.

And we continue to discover more each day.

I believe it’s true that we are what we eat, even beyond the physical. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually… I am what I eat, every single day. The food I put in my mouth nourishes (or not!) my body. What I see, hear, and feel, what I speak, write, and think… that is all that my mind, emotions, and spirit have to build from.

For me, it is a minute-by-minute practice of choices based on this belief:
Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually
We are what we eat
Let us feed each other good things.

Most importantly, this counts for what I choose to feed myself. (How I treat myself is the basic guide for how others treat me. That’s worthy of a post all by itself, so I’ll now return you to your regularly scheduled feature.)

Extrapolate how frequently the body needs food for blood sugar stability, nutritional balance, etc. and apply that to the mind, emotions, & spirit. This is not a once-a-week or once-a-day deal. As a matter of fact, people who are serious about taking care of their bodies make sure that their bodies have fuel at least every 2 hours. Hmmmm.

What I eat matters. How often I eat matters. How I eat matters, too.

If I have a nutritionally complete meal and rush through it, I set myself up for indigestion, hiatal hernia, and so on. Again, all of this applies on all levels. When someone thanks me for something I’ve done, or tells me what they love about me, I take the time to soak it in. It wasn’t easy at first, but I’ve been practicing for a while, and I’m getting better at it. It’s good food for the mind, emotions, and spirit.

This didn’t just happen overnight. Little choices, little changes, have added up over time. Yes, I’ve eaten my share of McDonald’s in this lifetime, and I’ve absorbed my share of abuse. Slowly but surely, I’ve made changes. The french fries were hard to give up. It took a few years, but the last time I had Mickey D’s fries, they didn’t even taste good. Giving up emotional abuse took time too, but I learned when to walk away.

I think life happens like that a lot. What we see, hear, feel, speak, write, think, etc. is what we are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually absorbing. If we’re used to low-nutrient food (on any level), we will settle for it. However, if we get used to wholesome, nutritious, delicious… then nothing else will satisfy.

Little choices turn into big changes. I wish you a day of love for your body, mind, emotions, and spirit!


  1. I love the idea that what we “eat” is a mental, emotional, and spiritual activity, too!

    Thanks for the insight:)

  2. This is so true, Joanna. Well said, I enjoyed this.

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