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Представлено сочинение на английском языке Ты то, что ты ешь/ You Are What You Eat с переводом на русский язык.

You Are What You Eat Ты то, что ты ешь
Food is the main source of life force and human energy. But how does it influence us and change our body? That’s what I want to think about in this essay. Еда — это главный источник жизненных сил и энергии человека. Но как она влияет на нас, как меняет наше тело? Об этом мне бы хотелось поразмышлять в своем сочинении.
«You are what you eat!» — people often say this phrase reframing a famous words said by the ancient Greek doctor and philosopher Hippocrates. I totally agree with this statement but you shouldn’t take it literally. I think that the meaning of Hippocrates’ phrase is that food gets into our body and doesn’t fully leave it, some parts of it stay inside. After food splits into protein, fats, carbohydrates and other useful substances, it goes straight to our blood stream, becomes a part of our cells that make up our organs and tissues. «Ты то, что ты ешь!» — часто говорят люди, слегка перефразировав известное изречение древнегреческого врача и философа Гиппократа. И я полностью согласен с этим утверждением, но его не стоит понимать буквально. Думаю, смысл высказывания Гиппократа заключался в том, что еда, поступая в наш организм, не выводится затем из него полностью, а частично остается в нем. Расщепившись на белки, жиры, углеводы и другие полезные вещества, она попадает в кровь, встраивается в наши клетки, из которых состоят органы и ткани.
The way we eat directly influences whether or not our muscles grow or we get extra fat. If your bones and teeth will be strong or not. If our body will be strong and skin clean. If our stomach will digest food well and our heart will do its job properly. От того, как мы питаемся, напрямую зависит, увеличится ли наша мускулатура, или, напротив, появятся лишние жировые отложения. Будут ли крепкими наши кости и зубы. Станет ли сильным тело и чистой кожа. Сможет ли наш желудок хорошо переваривать пищу, а сердце без перебоев выполнять свою работу.
I believe that when we eat a lot of bad food with high amount of artificial additives we ruin our body. Just like this food we become low-grade and synthetic from inside. Мне кажется, что употребляя в пищу вредную еду с большим количеством искусственных добавок, мы портим наш организм. Мы, как эти продукты, словно бы сами становимся такими же некачественными и синтетическими изнутри.
A human can live perfectly fine in harmony with the nature where there is everything we need including food. That’s why our nutrition should be as much natural and organic as possible because that’s the only way to keep us healthily and prolong our life. Человек прекрасно существует в гармонии с природой, где есть все необходимое для него, в том числе еда. Поэтому наше питание должно быть максимально естественным и органическим, поскольку только так можно сохранить здоровье и продлить свою жизнь.




Tell me what you eat, and Ill tell you what you are. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer and politician 2


The aim of the work is to know how colour foods can help you to come over different illnesses, and how colours influence to our health and mood. 3






6 25 healthy fruits and vegetables for your health Apples Avocado Banana Blackberry Blueberry Cantaloupe Cherry Cranberry Dried figs Grape Grapefruit (pink) Kiwifruit Mango Orange Papaya Beet Broccoli Carrot Celery Eggplant Green peas Kale Olives Spinach Tomato




8 protect you from many serious illnesses and can keep older people active for longer.


9 are brain food. help you keep your mind on things and really improve your power of concentration. have lots of vitamins C. help your body fight off infections. are also fantastic for your eyesight.


10 are natures way of helping us to stay happy. make you more optimistic. make you laugh. are the best jokes in the world.


11 are great when you want to relax, calm yourself down or keep your emotions under control.


12 are soothing, both emotionally and physically, and prepare you for a good nights rest


13 make people more creative keep you looking young!


14 Blue food can refresh your mood before sleeping. Orange food should eat if you have a difficult exam to study for. Green one should eat if you are feeling very nervous about meeting someone. Purple one should use if you are worried about getting lines and wrinkles. Yellow colour – if youve been feeling a bit sad lately. And if you are taking part in a championship swimming match use only red food.


15 Healthy Foods Vitamins, minerals, fibre Protein Carbohydrates Fruit, vegetables Chicken, milk, cheese, yoghurt, meat, fish Eggs, rice, potatoes, cereal Unhealthy Foods Sugar, fatSweets, biscuits, fizzy drinks, butter, oil, chocolate, crisps, cakes


16 ProblemsSolutions underweight Eat three well-balanced meals and three or four snacks per day. overweightEat less and take regular exercise. tirednessFollow a low-carbohydrate diet. indigestion Avoid spicy foods and eating fast or late at night. tooth decayCut out sugary drinks and snacks. dry skin Drink more water and eat more oily fish, nuts and seeds. lack of concentration Eat lots of iron-rich foods and have a good breakfast. frequent illnessEat foods rich in vitamin C.







The phrase “you are what you eat” has been repeated many times. Each person saying it may have had a slightly different agenda. Sometimes the agenda is to promote viewpoints on nutrition and health. You are what you eat, and if you eat “bad food” you will have bad health. Or, perhaps, you’ll even be a bad person. Yes, sometimes, it is philosophical. Food is culture.

In fact, one of the most brilliant statements I’ve read concerning the culture of food is that a culture’s food traditions are much like language (forgive me, but I cannot recall the originator). Humans can make a very wide range of sounds. Hundreds, in fact. Yet, all human languages only use a relative handful of those sounds. The way we speak says a lot about us as a people, both what we aspire to and how we wish to be perceived.

Much the same is food. There is a great diversity of food that humans can eat. We are capable of using a broader range of food than any other animal. Yet, in any human culture, only a fraction of that food diversity is expressed. What food we eat and how we eat it says a lot about us as a people, both what we aspire to and how we wish to be perceived.

So, yes, we are what we eat. When viewed in this light, the statement may seem a bit more profound than a simple observation about “bad food.” In fact, these very observations speak to the above!

The original expression spoke to food and identity. It was not yet quite a simple admonishment about proper nutrition such as “eat your vegetables, you are what you eat, you know.” Yet, it was still a statement about what we should eat, as much as a statement about what we do eat.

Although it is not known who may have been the very first to utter this phrase, or some version of it, the earliest readily identifiable use of the phrase was by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, in 1826, in his seven-volume book The Physiology of Taste.

The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

He wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” He was literally saying that a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health could be determined by what they ate, and indeed, their very character revealed. The idea that good food led to good character and good health and that bad food corrupt, both morally and physically, has hung on ever since, in some way or another.

Brillat-Savarin would have a hard time making good on his claim today and would perhaps be shocked at how open food-culture has become. It is doubtful he would have expected to see people from modern, developed countries seeking out the “ethnic” foods that are so common-place today. In her classic book, Food in History, Reay Tannahill had this to say about his statement:

If Brillat-Savarin had been alive today [1970’s], he might have thought twice before he said: “Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.” Certainly, he would have qualified it, for no sane analyst of gastronomic history could be expected to deduce a Liverpool pop singer from yogurt and unpolished rice, or a Manhattan millionaire from black-eyed peas and chitterlings; to connect Scotch whisky with a Frenchman, or French bread with a Japanese. But these apparently wild deviations from the logic of the table—although they have more to do with contemporary social pressures than with food do reflect a new and more general attitude of flexibility in the prosperous countries of the world and among the richer classes in developing countries.

After Brillat-Savarin, the German philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feurerbach, in 1863, repeated the idea in his essay Spiritualism and Materialism, saying, “A man is what he eats.”

Friedrich Nietzche, although he used many more words, certainly seemed to agree with the notion. In Ecce Homo, from 1908, he wrote,

But as to German cookery in general—what has it got on its conscience! Soup before the meal; meat cooked till the flavor is gone, vegetables cooked with fat and flour; the degeneration of pastries into paperweights! Add to this the utterly bestial postprandial habits of the ancients, not merely of the ancient Germans, and you will begin to understand where German intellect had its origin—in a disordered intestinal tract…German intellect is indigestion; it can assimilate nothing.

Despite the early origins of the idea, the most famous use of it which is most responsible for its continued use today is that of English nutritionist Victor Lindlahr. In the 1920’s he said ‘Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.’ Then, in 1942 he parlayed this conviction into an extremely successful book: You Are What You Eat.

According to Lindlahr, “food is medicine,” an idea that is still extant.

The macrobiotic movement of the 1960s relied on much the same message. There was, and always has been a moral undercurrent to the message. Although many use it to try to convey straight-forward nutrition advice, the moral implications are always there: If you eat bad food, you’ll be a bad person. A good person eats good food.

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Hello Everyone!

Today we have the next episode of my «Fit-to-Eat News«. And we move further on.

Today I want to share with you the conclusions made while «MagicFitGourmand» training we recently had. They are about food. The training turned out to be «Everything-Allowed». I made up my mind not to give the girls at training plain usual information, which can be found in the books or on the internet, as to the healthy nutrition, healthy digestion and healthy combination of the foodstuff.

We went experimental way. The essence of «Everything-Allowed» was in the fact that we removed all restrictions and ate what we wanted to. Everything we wanted. One day we even went shopping for a lot of food and then analyzed every item of it.

Now, after the training is over, there is still some foodstuff at my place as we cooked here. We threw away a lot of foods during the training. We threw them away as we did not need them in fact. Something was bought just because of some emotional state. Some of them were just the items prohibited for the person before, because of being unhealthy or harmful. When I was throwing it all away today it occurred to me that all this stuff does not coincide to what is inside me, to my inner state.

During the training the girls led by me came to the conclusion that a person who follows the healthy way of life and is guided by his intuition, he becomes a person-intuition living here and now and knows his priorities, he knows for sure what he wants at this very moment.  All the day round while training I asked them a lot of questions:

Do you really want to eat? 

Are you hungry? What do you want?

What is there in this food good for you?

What do you really need?

Why do you choose this very food at this very moment?

We had the whole day work with our eating habits and not only eating ones.

As a result, today I want to get rid in public of the foodstuff which is not characteristic of me. I open my fridge or some drawer and realize that some things irritate me there and that will continue.

My Mom, for example, has brought some 5-years-old-cognac to present somebody, no one knows whom. I would not drink it for sure. For me to present somebody alcohol is unacceptable as I support the healthy way of life. I may accept the idea of presenting wine, as I drink it myself and what I consider good for myself, I wish for the others as well, definitely.

The next things I came across while cleaning is canned corn bought by one of the girls. I have no idea how it can be eaten as well as peas and beans. I want to get rid of it. I prefer healthy food.

This is some kind of caviar, almost vinegar free. I will leave it as it can be served as some kind of sauce for salads.

Once we wanted to drink Bacardi. Now I have a bottle of it, but I will not drink it.

I will pack it all and put in the street. I do not like the idea of simply throwing food away and hope somebody will make use of it. Definitely this is not mine to throw food away. I like to buy things, and even if my fridge is half empty, it’s cool for me to stay alone and to realize what I really am.

What else I would like to show you?

In my last day I wanted some salmon, but I remembered a girl who dealt with fish. I can cut the raw salmon in pieces myself and salt it, as it is extremely salty elsewhere. I started doing it after a meal and looked at the fish, remembering that it’s not natural as the girl had told me. I will give it now to the dogs, definitely.

What else do I have in my fridge which does not appeal to me?

I have bought some cottage cheese and asked for a good one, but it turned out not to be natural.

What else?

Mayonnaise. It was my wish, really. I wanted mayonnaise, but I will not eat it as it’s all vinegar.

What else?

This is some kind of pesto. I will leave it. It’s some kind of butter with garlic. I will carry it away and hope somebody will make use of it.

One more thing: I do not know what to do with eggs. I won’t eat them. During the training we cooked banitsas with spinach, eggs and white cheese. It was tasty, but then we felt heaviness. We decided not to cook it any more. I hope somebody will see what I am doing. Crazy Russians!

What do I have here?

Frankly speaking there was something incredible here, lots of sweet things. Now it’s almost nothing. Rafaello, I will not eat it, I think.

I eat something sweet almost every day. But what do I do?

Yesterday I wanted something sweet and I drove into the coffee — bar, where I knew they make very tasty Turkish desserts. I took one of each kind. I was driving and thinking about something sweet and realized what I wanted and where I can buy it. I also saw some kind of chocolate dessert and I would eat a small piece, as I eat in small pieces. I ate this Kinder in little lumps.

What else?

This is some Indian sweets sugar free we were given in an Indian shop. I  won’t eat them, I never suck lollipops and chew anything. Coconut cookies, somebody liked it here. Nesquick, definitely not mine. I will get rid of all these, otherwise it will stay here forever.

The rest I will leave. Here I have muesli, which I will never eat as they are, but can add to my porridge sometimes.

There was so much stuff here! There were even things bought by mistake but we threw them away almost immediately.

We found this interesting thing here. It is calcium which you add to milk and get cottage cheese, but we got only sour milk instead. I will leave it as it’s interesting for me to experiment with it. All the rest is as it was here before but for the dark buckwheat the girls bought. I am not sure I will eat it. I eat green one, next video will be about it. I like the effect of green buckwheat very much. I will also leave this thing «Corny». Possibly I will eat it as a sweet dessert.

The rest what remains are general things like coffee, nuts, sesame seeds. So I am glad to have done this!

What else do I have here?

A bottle of wine. I even do not know how much wine we have thrown away. A girl who bought it can buy a bottle, try a glass and throw the bottle away if the wine is not tasty. I realize that a person-intuition is always moved by the inner right decisions, even in the sense of wine. I will leave this bottle as I liked this wine very much, though I prefer white wine. I liked it and I will let it stay. Possibly I will want it. I have the following strategy, I can leave foodstuff for a week or two if the expire date allows.

With the girls: we noticed if we did not eat something for a day or two, I asked them if they wanted to throw something away, if it was not yet spoiled we left it. Still we threw away a lot, but what I liked in the process was that we made the conclusions ourselves.

We could have investigated the nutrition through Ayurveda, microbiotics or something like paleodiet. We discussed the combination of foodstuff. One of the latest things we discussed was about what a slender person eats. We looked at it from different points of view. In fact the food can be analyzed from the two points of view: what its nutritive efficiency is and what features of character it forms in us.

On the one hand we analyzed what a person feels while eating exactly this thing and what he becomes. On the other hand we though over the qualities the foods have, which a slender person, for instance, eats. For example we have it here now: fruits, raspberry, strawberry, baked apples, vegetables, avocado, greens, vegetable oils, nuts. In fact I think there are much more items, but for a girl who worked with it, this was very important.

To my mind this topic is one of the most interesting ones. I would even like to make a research on this topic. It’s interesting to analyze your own character and I agree with the phrase «Tell me what you eat and I will tell who you are».

The products in the bag are definitely not me. I do not have these qualities.

Let’s see what I have.  I have bought some potatoes as I want to make banitsa with potatoes. I have 1 kilo of potatoes, greens,  1 apple, 1 banana, several peaches. In recent days I have found ricotta. It’s the only kind of cheese to my liking, I will leave it. That is all, may be a little bread also. Now I consist of raspberries and figs. Here they have very tasty big, fresh raspberries, like wild ones. I like it very much and even decided to freeze some. I buy it almost every day. Yesterday I bought wonderful figs. I ate around half a kilo of figs in a day. It’s very tasty. So I am mostly raspberry and figs now, maybe some greens and other substances.

That is my understanding of how to move further on and how to develop intuitive eating, choosing only what a person really needs.

Taking into consideration what we have investigated lately, what we have tried, we made attempts to adjust to one another and analyze each other’s characters through food. For example one of us took some food and everybody tasted it. We had a day when we satisfied everybody’s wishes. We went to a coffee-bar or a restaurant one of us wanted to and while she was making a choice we analyzed, tried to predict it and to explain it.

Once a girl chose a dish named «Princess». It was some kind of white bread with ham or some meat on it or some spread and cheese on top. It was baked and it was terribly fat-laden. When it was brought to us, I am sure the waitress was surprised a lot. All three of us first smelled it, then looked at it, then the girl who had ordered it, started to taste it. What happens to a person at this moment? The person slows down and can realize whether she really wants it or not. As a result she tasted it and did not like. We tasted it as well and gave it back. Then we went to another restaurant to feed another girl. So we had very interesting days, which helped us to get to know each other better. I am sure this is the right direction to develop.

I like this topic and I like what I have found out during this training. I am sure it’s due to it I start to slow down even more and I want to get rid of the things which do not coincide with me. I want to create my own atmosphere in eating. I want to choose my own foods, listening to myself. I want to eat food of better quality. I want good natural healthy food. I like the direction where I am moving now, where the girls are moving and what is happening in this aspect.

I want to ask you: have you ever asked yourself why the person chooses certain foods?

Why do you choose what you eat?

For instance when I bought the nuts, macadamia, the girls did not like them. There were three of us: Lena and Olesya. Later on Lena tasted them again and liked them. She even bought some to take with her home to remember with macadamia what had been happening here. Such moments inspire me a lot.

I would like to guide you in this direction.

What food do you choose?

Why do you choose it?

Have you noticed that people of certain character choose certain foods?

Have you noticed, for instance, that people drinking alcohol have also certain character and certain features?

What does it all mean to you?

Do you understand what is behind the choice of foods of a certain person?

Did you ask yourself such questions?

Write everything to me, write on my site.

We will move further on with you.

We’ll go deeper into this aspect with you. I think I’ll give you some tasks from this training and that should be very interesting, I hope it will move you further on towards your slim figure, beauty, health, youth and dreams.

Thank you very much for your support, for your positive feedback and for your comments!

I am waiting for you at our next training.


Are you looking for a way to tell people to clean up their diet? If so, you could tell them, “you are what you eat.” This post unpacks the meaning and origin of this expression.

The meaning of the expression “you are what you eat” is that our lifestyle and diet choices impact our health and well-being. You are what you eat defines your health status, and if you’re feeling sick or dealing with chronic health issues, your diet is usually to blame for your current problems.

So, you are what you eat means that you only feel as good as the energy and food you put into your body. Living an unhealthy lifestyle will eventually catch up with you.

Example Usage

“Look at that guy there in line at the burger stand. He must weigh 500-lbs. I guess you are what you eat, and he needs medical help, not a burger.”

“He went into surgery for a triple bypass. The doctor said it was likely from poor dietary choices over his lifetime. Oh well, I guess you are what you eat.”

“That girl looks so young despite her age. She says she’s a vegan and fasts regularly. You are what you eat, and it looks like that’s working for her.”

“You are what you eat, so stop going overboard on the sugar and saturated fat. You’ll end up with heart disease and hypertension.”

“Don loves chicken; it’s his favorite fast food. That’s why he ran away from the fight the other night. You are what you eat, hey Don?”


The expression ” You are what you eat” comes from French lawyer Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. He coined the term in 1826 in his writings, “Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante,” where it appears like the following.

“Dis-Moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Translation: Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you what you are).

However, the earliest example of the phrase in print comes from the Bridgeport Telegraph in 1923 in a beef advert for the company “United Meet Markets,” where it appears as follows.

“Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

The modern version of the saying first appeared in English in the early 1930s. American nutritionist Victor Lindlahr believed that our food determines our health status. He was one of the first “diet gurus,” creating his method known as the “Catabolic Diet” in 1942.

Phrases Similar to You Are What You Eat

  • Eat well to feel well.
  • Eat to live, don’t live to eat.

Phrases Opposite to You Are What You Eat

  • The See-food diet.

What is the Correct Saying?

  • You are what you eat.

Ways People May Say You Are What You Eat Incorrectly

The phrase “you are what you eat” doesn’t mean that you take on the physical characteristics of the things you eat. For instance, if you eat a plant-based diet, you are not going to magically transform into a vegetable. The saying means that your lifestyle choices play a role in determining your health.

Acceptable Ways to Phrase You Are What You Eat

You can use “you are what you eat” when referencing someone’s diet and how it impacts physical health and well-being.

It suits both negative and positive connotations. For instance, if someone is overweight and has poor health, an examination of their diet would likely reveal they ate poorly.

Conversely, a person in good physical and mental health would usually have a good diet. The saying is a way of expressing that the food we eat plays a huge role in our energy levels and our physical and mental health.


  • 1 Meaning
  • 2 Example Usage
  • 3 Origin
  • 4 Phrases Similar to You Are What You Eat
  • 5 Phrases Opposite to You Are What You Eat
  • 6 What is the Correct Saying?
  • 7 Ways People May Say You Are What You Eat Incorrectly
  • 8 Acceptable Ways to Phrase You Are What You Eat

If you want to know something about a person, ask them what they eat. It is amazing how much it says about us! Someone’s eating habits give you an insight into their life and mindset. In most cases, these habits tend to reveal the character of a person (their determination, commitment, awareness, etc.) and, of course, their lifestyle. After all, we are what we eat. Everything we bring into our system through food or the exchange of energy with other people, things and jobs, will also be released in our environment in the form of physical appearance, health, the frame of mind, behaviour.

I am my choices

I stopped eating meat spontaneously. For a long time, meat was on my menu two to three times a week, and on the days when I did yoga exercises or meditate (which involved energy transfer), I avoided eating meat and other products of animal origin (eggs and dairy products). As advised by my teachers, I tried doing this and adopted that practice. I realized that my energy was different on the days when I don’t eat meat and that the ability of my body to perform yoga exercises varied, depending on whether I ate meat or not. I felt lighter, stronger and more flexible when I was not eating it. I was entirely baffled by that. Still, that made sense. If our body is filled with prana (life energy), and we take in prana through the food we consume during the day, among other things, it is only logical that this energy should be as vibrant as possible for our body to follow suit. The energy of killed animals is certainly not that. I understood that quite well, but I kept eating meat. Old habits die hard! Especially the eating habits we have developed (i.e. that were imposed on us) from the day we were born.

The story we do not want to hear

My awakening began with the following thought: I eat the flesh of a killed animal which, while breathing, spent its whole life locked in a damp and dark barn, not being able to see the sun or meadows, perhaps never in its lifetime. It came to this world only to be imprisoned, fattened, killed and processed into food. Let us not consider this ethical side for a moment. Not to mention that animals, like humans, are capable of experiencing various emotions and sensations, primarily fear (also the survival instinct of all living beings). In moments of fighting for life, in particular in moments of violent death, a huge amount of fear and stress hormone is released into the tissue. And it stays there. In that steak, sitting on my plate. When we “feed” on such flesh, it raises in us emotions that are quite similar in terms of vibrations (anger, rage, irritability, unrest, etc.). Our true nature is nonviolence. We should live a life without violence in thoughts, words and actions. Only then are we able to express our true nature, and that is unconditional love. The opposite is fear. Out of fear, a feeling of helplessness arises; that feeling manifests through aggression, which is only a defence mechanism. We should always keep in mind that we are responsible for the choices we make.

We arise from the light, we return to the light

The sun is the source of all life on earth. The sun, combined with other elements of nature (earth, air, water, ether or space) keeps the entire planet and all the living world on it alive. The sun is able to turn a seed into a tree or any other plant, a new life. These plants will tomorrow be food for the animals on a sunny meadow, thus taking living energy into their system – the chlorophyll of plants, which absorbs the light. Then we eat that healthy meat, the meat boosted with oxygen, chlorophyll, solar energy, i.e. life energy, and reap all those benefits – only second hand, actually. We could eat a plant immediately, entirely skipping an animal in that food chain between the sun and our body. Namely, that meat makes us strong and healthy. Okay, let us take a few steps back. And where seats this whole process in the life of a cattle that was born and lives in a barn, only to die in a slaughterhouse, screaming in agony? I wondered, what am I actually eating? A corpse, dead meat, fed with antibiotics (to keep an animal healthy in an unhealthy environment) and hormones (to make an animal grow as fast as possible and end its young life weighing as much as possible), fed with processed food rich in additives that can deliver all that. Next, that dead meat is frozen and who knows how much time will pass until it reaches a consumer. Then I defrost it (“bring it back to life”), flood it with spices so that it acquires a tolerable taste, and then cook it at 200 degrees for an hour. Then I “consume”. At 200 degrees, everything dies, both bacteria and parasites, let alone all the fine nutrients from food created by the combination of solar energy and chlorophyll from plants.

Food choice is equal to the level of awareness

After a retreat I attended, I stopped eating meat entirely and have never had a craving for a steak or a piece of fish ever since. I am utterly convinced that I was blessed with a major shift in my state of consciousness during the retreat, and that this happened to me so easily, naturally and spontaneously, without facing a moment of weakness or crisis.

Occasionally, I eat eggs and cheese, sometimes more frequently, and sometimes less; these are farm-made products, originating from a tested and controlled environment, never from an unsustainable environment – I do not support it either ethically or morally. On the contrary. I believe that the dairy and egg production industries are no less exploitative than the meat industry. I do this in the name of my body, my spirit and all the animals in the world that end up unfairly on someone’s plate. In the name of cubs separated from their mothers, deprived of their only food (milk), as well as the relationship with their mother.

Living foods

Another thing I do only for my mind and body – I eat raw food much more than a thermally treated one. Only this food is “living” food that contains prana, i.e. life energy. Only living food has the ability to heal affected cells in our body. Thermally processed food (all over 40 degrees) lacks that power. It cannot regenerate the affected tissue. When our body is free from excessive digestion of food and the selection process on toxins and healthy enzymes, then there is no waste of energy, and people are not sleepy or tired after eating. Parasites in our body do not eat living food. On the contrary, they eat processed, prepackaged food, full of flavour and appetite enhancers. In the absence of such an environment, which benefits their growth and development, they are forced to leave such an environment, or simply die. Some people do not believe in the existence of diseases, but only in the states of balance or imbalance of the body. These words hide a great truth and lucky are those who comprehend and realize it. If we live in concord with our soul and feed our body with living food, we will be able to deal with stressful events and react to a toxic environment without fatal consequences for our health. It is also a huge misconception that only high-calorie foods give you strength and stamina. It is just one more concept adopted by upbringing, the environment in which we were raised, as well as under the influence of the media that support the food industry and develop a consumer culture. Whoever has not tried to eat less in terms of quantity, but high quality (more living food) cannot even suggest otherwise.

We are here to experience and taste

I also know that we have “descended” into this material world for a reason. We have been given a body and senses to experience that world. Everyone should follow their instinct and their own growth and development, and to live with it accordingly. I do not support making any pressure. As long as someone has been given the experience to live a certain lifestyle, no matter how seemingly destructive it may be, it is better for a person to go through that experience entirely and then experience “a wakeup call”, a realization, to learn a lesson, rather than changing themselves at any cost because of others. Until our karma regarding any aspect in life is completely fulfilled, there shall be no actual transition to a new “level”. I know that there are people who do not eat at all; they live only by feeding on life energy from the sun. None of us should try to look up to them. You just do not experiment with those things. It was either given to you or not. If it was, you will know; there will be no evaluation or hesitation.

Food choice as an indicator of our level of awareness

On the other hand, some choices can be made consciously, of course. Experimenting with food is the same as experimenting with certain techniques, experiences and some such. I often found awkward hearing that someone was on a special eating regime because of health issues, or they just wanted to lose some weight, strictly followed the diet, only to say (and often nutritionists and doctors say that) that we can treat ourselves to some unhealthy food we love from time to time. What they meant by “treating”?! I guess, they mean we can allow ourselves to feel weak and satisfy a need, a habit, addiction, etc. How can we treat ourselves to something unhealthy? In fact, only when we eat healthy, nutritious and living food do we treat ourselves. Our body will show us that. It will be remarkable, strong, light and clean.

Food choice is much more than satisfying hunger

Through food, we connect with the elements of the Earth, and thus with our being. Each person must take responsibility for the food choices they make. Responsibility towards ourselves, our body and spirit, and responsibility towards the world, the planet and other living beings with whom we share it. Only when we truly connect with the food we eat, when we experience it on a cellular level, when we realize which systems of our being and in what way feed on it – then will we be able to make choices that stem directly from our awareness, not instinct.

Author:  Dejana Vojnović, graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade she has been working as a foreign language teacher for ten years. She completed her psychology training in transactional analysis and at the same time became interested in a more in-depth spiritual search, which continues today. Using her own acquired knowledge and what she has experienced, she has been working as a consultant for several years.

Aug 28, 2020Editorial Team

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