Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.
I hope you have all been having a good week of finding the good. I’ve been busy, with auditions, and callbacks, but I have tried to be positive and not get bogged down in the negative. To help this, I have taken Facebook off my phone. I didn’t delete my account or anything, I just made it a bit harder to spend time there. That’s good.
Today, in my attempt to find the good, I have started a Paleo Whole 30. For those of you just joining us, that is 30 days of no sugar, no sweeteners, no grains, no soy, no dairy, no processed food, no alcohol, no cheating. I’ve done this before, and my body reacts very well to this program. If you would like to join me, just Google Whole 30 Challenge. It’s not as difficult as you might think, and who knows, maybe you’ll like it.
Now don’t get me wrong, after this month is over I will sometimes drink wine, and eat cheese, and occasionally have cake. But I also know that I don’t don’t feel as good when I do that. I’ll never be perfect, but as long as I keep trying that’s what counts.
This brings me to today’s TRIVIA SUNDAY! topic: Who coined the phrase “you are what you eat”?
We all know what this means; if you eat better food, you will have better health. Kind of a no brainer. In fact, the earliest known printing of the phrase is from a 1923 beef advertisement in the Bridgeport Telegraph for ‘United Meet[sic] Markets’ which read, “Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” This idea was in line with the new Catabolic diet created by the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr. In 1942 he wrote the book You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet. In the 1960’s the phrase really entered popular speech when the hippies started to champion the new Macrobiotic lifestyle. Since then, the phrase has been a part of everyday life.
However, it goes back a bit further.
In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante (Physiology of Taste, or Meditations of Transcendent Gastronomy), “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.) Same flavor, different package. See what I did there?
Thanks to Phrase Finder UK for the information.
I know a lot of folks think that Paleo is a fad diet, and that there is no proof that it works. To them I say, “Cool.” I don’t know if this diet is right for everybody, but it’s right for me. I feel better. I lose weight/size/belly fat. I have more energy. And, this is the biggie, I don’t feel gross after eating my food. Seriously, eating wheat make me feel gross. It also makes me feet swell, and I feel flushed, and very sluggish. So there you go. Again, I’m not saying I will never eat cake again, but I know how food makes me feel, so I’m going to eat the food that makes me feel good! If you pay close attention, you will see that you are, in fact, what you eat.
That’s all for today. Until next time my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!