Do you ever wonder where the saying "You are what you eat" originated? Yes, true, it implies the now gospel truth that our bodies, and subsequently our health, become what we put in them in terms of food. As a growing, frail young child, I first heard this from my mother. And not wanting to sprout greens out of my ears, it made me even more resistant to eating my vegetables. I didn't mind turning into a cow, though.
Then I learned Hippocrates wanted "food to be thy medicine and thy medicine be food." So this adage regained its more accurate meaning for me. Historically, the first recorded instance of the phrase was in Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's Physiogie du Gout ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante published in 1826. He stated, "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!
This month, our nutritionist par excellence will guide you through the real meaning of how the right choice of food can transform you into a healthier, disease-free human being. Let her walk you through how you can personalize your diet for your particular lifestyle, body type, and health goals. Remember that topping the World Health Organization's list of critical illnesses are lifestyle diseases--illnesses brought about, indeed, by what you eat.
Yours in preventive health,
Benedict Francis D. Valdecañas, MD, MSc, FPOA, FPCS
Aegle Wellness Center
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