You ARE what you eat

Kelloggs Commercial

How many times have you heard that line? “You are what you eat?” Well, you may not physically appear exactly like the food or foods that you consume like the commercials above bluntly put it. But in essence what you consume affects how our body systems work, including that of the body’s biggest organ, the skin.

You have a choice in what you’re made of

The idea for this post came to me because my boss got a new piece of equipment the other day. Its called the QMRA machine. It can test a number of things based on an electrical current run through your body and tell you what’s wrong (or not so wrong with you)

Surprisingly it did come up with a lot of stuff. But what amazed me more was the fact that they gave a lot of nutritional advice when it gives you suggestions based on what might be wrong. Ironically Jamaicans don’t pay enough attention to what they eat on a daily basis (or what they don’t eat).

Most times this only comes of importance when either, they suffer a heart attack or stroke, or discover that they are diabetic, or when obesity starts affecting their day to day activities. All of these highlighted conditions are non-communicable, meaning preventable (for the most part).

This is the sad reality of it all. Despite the fact that what we take into our bodies IS a conscious choice. “You have a choice in what you’re made of”

So please, nobody is saying you can’t eat the Burger King and KFC and the Devon House Ice Cream, because you can, and you should!  (We deserve to indulge every now and again) But you NEED to be consuming your 6-8 glasses of water and your 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables, cutting down on the fats and sweets.

How does YOUR daily plate look

So if you were to portion all the foods you consumed each day, how would YOUR plate look? And in turn what is this saying for your body. Literally food for thought.