You Are What You Eat Drink And Think

In 1826 Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-Moi ce  que tu manges, je te dirae ce que tu es”. Whist means ‘Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are’.

In an essay titled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote “Der Mensch ist, was er iBt.”  This translates into English as ‘man is what he eats’.

From this beginning via a very torturous route we arrive at todays adoption of this saying “You are what you eat”. So even back in 1826, nearly 200 years ago we knew food and health were inextricably linked. Today, nearly 200 years on we still are confusing people by double talk, a calorie is not a calorie, energy in energy out is to simplistic, we can put on weight but we can’t take it off. The human body tries to prevent humans from taking weight off as part of a built in survival mechanism, inherited from our paleo days where feast and famine were common occurrences.Continue reading

Have We Moved Too Far From Our Animal Base

We Are Primates

This is something I often find myself thinking about. We are primates and regardless of how we change our appearance,education, lifestyle or behaviours we are still classified as monkeys.Today’s vegetables and fruit seem a lot sweeter than those fruit and vegetables we grew in our, almost quarter acre vegetable garden from 1952 until 1975. Marketing plays such a role in everything we do today it would be inconceivable not to believe it played the chief role in food production as well. When was the last time you eat vegetables that you knew were bitter? Bitter vegetables could be a lot better for you than the new improved sweeter version. European settlers that first settled Australia struggled to get enough food so foraging was necessary if you were going to have enough greens on the table and a lot of the greens were bitter.Continue reading