“You are what you eat”

"banana costume"One of my most vivid memories of elementary school lunch is my gym teacher getting on the stage in our cafeteria and telling us that “You are what you eat.”

I think he did this on several occasions. He said if we eat fatty, unhealthy foods, we will be fat and unhealthy. If we eat lean, nutritious foods, we will be lean and healthy.

So no eating pizza, hot dogs and potato chips for every meal, he said. And more eating fruit, vegetables, and rice.

Well obviously this message is widespread in today’s world. We know healthy foods are better for us than unhealthy foods. But I think the approach of teaching kids this message early on, with a simple or catchy phrase, is a great one.

You can read for hours and hours about healthy eating, but all you really need to know is “You are what you eat.” And that hard-to-forget phrase will stick with you forever.

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