You Are What You Eat (or absorb)

You’ve certainly heard this expression many times. I have also heard the expression, “You are what you absorb.” To me this makes a little more sense since we do not absorb everything we eat. This may be due to problems with our gut or our stomach. I have people in my family who are having trouble absorbing everything they need through what they eat. So, have you ever really thought about what it means? Along with this, do you think about this when making your food choices? My wife and I started making different food choices about 6 years ago. That decision has made an extreme difference on our health.

In some ways, we actually do become what we eat, literally. Have you ever seen an example of your blood plasma after eating a fast-food hamburger? What was previously a clear liquid becomes cloudy with the fat and cholesterol that absorbed from eating that fast-food hamburger. We have taken into consideration where all the products come from when they make that hamburger and have decided not to eat any fast-food again, ever.

And then, when you think about it some more, we become healthier by what we don’t eat. When we switch from eating a lot of meat to a vegetarian-based diet, we become less fat, less prone to many types of cancer, or other diseases. Our cholesterol can improve, drastically. When we’re leaner and eating fewer animal products, then many other health and fitness issues are reduced. The incidence of Type II diabetes is reduced. I know mine was. Blood pressure begins to fall into normal ranges. When you’re healthier, you’re taking fewer medications, on a normal basis. Even if you have a prescription drug benefit in your health care plan, you’re still saving money with fewer co-payments on or for medications.

If you have a family history of high cholesterol or high blood pressure, or some of the different diseases that weren’t so prevalent prior to the 1970s, then it’s particularly incumbent on you to revise your eating habits. Moving towards a more vegetarian diet has been shown statistically to reduce the incidence of so many of these diseases that have come around to industrialized countries. Vegetarians are statistically healthier than omnivore persons; they’re leaner and many actually live longer.

Isn’t it time to think about what you want to be and to eat accordingly? My wife and I did. Do you want to be sluggish and fat for the rest of your life? Do you want to take the risk that goes with eating all the unhealthy foods you are now eating. Or, do you want to look like and be what a vegetarian person is like? Leaner and fitter with a longer anticipated lifespan. It’s never too late to change what you’re doing and eating to increase your chances for a longer, fitter life.

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