You are what you eat.
We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat,” but what does it really mean? How does the food I eat become part of me? Let’s say I eat hard-boiled eggs and a homemade smoothie for breakfast. I feel energized. I get a little pep in my step from the sweet fruit in the smoothie and the fresh greens I sneak in there. Why do I feel great eating this REAL food?
How on earth does the food I eat become part of me? Let’s dig in.
Your body is made of cells (about 37 trillion of them!). Your cells are involved in thousands of chemical reactions that together make your body function. Energy from the carbs, proteins and fats you eat is needed to fuel these reactions. Each reaction also requires enzymes, or catalysts, to make the reaction happen. The enzymes need a cofactor to ensure an optimal reaction. Cofactors are the vitamins and minerals that come from the REAL food we eat. So, WHAT you eat is really a big deal.
REAL food gives your cells exactly what they need to function properly.
For example, let’s talk about how your body uses the nutrients found in a scrumptious meal of grilled wild Alaskan salmon with a citrus and bell pepper relish served with freshly broiled asparagus. (Okay likely not a meal you make mid-week!) Here’s just a handful of the goodies this meals provides your body including, but not limited to:
- Protein – used for energy and regeneration of skin, muscles and bones
- Omega 3 fatty acids – used for energy, insulates the organs and reduces inflammation and decreases blood pressure
- Vitamin C – strengthens immune cell function, promotes regeneration of collagen and enhances mineral bioavailability
- Vitamin D – regulates healthy development of all cells in your body
REAL food also tells our cells to stay healthy.
Yup. Sounds wild, huh? It’s for REAL. The budding science of nutrigenomics is proving that REAL food has thousands of special nutrients to keep our cells healthy. These nutrients are alive. You can’t make them in a laboratory. They only exist in REAL food.
Phytonutrients are in plants (“phyto” means plant in Greek). You’ve likely heard of a few phytonutrients like beta carotene in orange veggies or resveratrol in grapes. Zoonutrients are in REAL animal foods and include omega-3 and choline. These phytonutrients and zoonutrients are used by plants and animals to fight off disease and infection.
The study of nutrigenomics has found that humans use these nutrients the same way. Phytonutrients and zoonutrients talk to our cells to keep them healthy. They essentially give our cells daily pep talks to ensure they don’t get diseased. REAL food gives us SUPERPOWERS!! Hallelujah!
The more phytonutrients and zoonutrients we consume, the more likely we stay well!
So, REAL food transforms HEALTH. This is BIG news. I know!
Take a breath. Don’t empty the pantry just yet, your family will freak.
Have faith that every small, steady change to eat more REAL food will result in big impact.
I’m living proof. You’ve got this, mama.
ACT (Action Changes Things):
Choose one REAL food you’re going to add to your family’s diet
the next time you hit the grocery store.
I’m so curious. What are you starting with?
Need any ideas? Tell me in the comments below.
To life, love, and REAL food,