Cells in our bodies die and are replace by the nutrients we get from the food we eat. In six months your body is completely made up of new cells and tissues! What you put in your mouth not only has an effect on your weight/body shape, IT DETERMINES WHAT YOUR BODY IS MADE UP OF! And, how efficiently your body will work.
So when you hear that saying – “you are what you eat” – it’s not just a figure of speech… If you eat lean kangaroo meat, you too will be lean and energetic! On the other hand, if you eat heaps of really fatty grain fed cow, you too will get fat and move slowly.
It makes sense for the protein foods, because they have brains and personalities – but what about our other food groups? How do we become colourful and healthy vegetables and fruit as opposed to energy sapping sugar and fat storing refined carbohydrates?
Well, when I put it like that it sounds perfectly logical that eating nutrient dense foods will result in being well and feeling good – whereas, filling your belly with heavily processed grains, sugars and alcohol (or as they are more well known these days, “empty calories”) will lead to feeling sluggish and your body being more inclined to store fat.
There is PLENTY of evidence showing that eating patterns based on lean protein, plenty of vegetables, healthy fats, some fruit, little starch and no sugar result in lean, athletic and energetic people! Whereas eating patterns (or gorging) comprised of high carb, low nutrient, low protein, high saturated and trans fat contents will end up with your organs being choked by fat and not being able to fit into your jeans anymore.
Yes, you can burn calories by doing more exercise but you can’t change the composition of your insides unless you change the types of foods you put in your mouth!
Take home message…
Think about the quality of the food that passes your lips. If you wouldn’t feed it to your kids or pets, why would you want it as part of your cells? Remember, you are LITERALLY what you eat so make better choices. Only you have control over your internal make up!