Filed under: Food + Health, J500 Week 6 | Tags: body type affects metabolism, contrasting personalities to our foods, cultural foods, eating choices reflect who we are, effect of experiences and family traditions
While I was growing up, I was exposed to many different cultural foods. After my parent’s divorce, my dad introduced my sister and me to a local Indian restaurant. When my stepmom came along, she introduced us to her favorite type of food, Thai. And in high school I had a few friends with different ethnic backgrounds, in which I learned about different types of food from. Before encountering these cultural foods, I was a little skeptical to try them, because I didn’t know if I would like them. However, I usually try new foods at least once. And I’m glad I did, because these cultural foods have been an important part of my family.
This led me consider my personal eating habits, and how they reflect who I am. I don’t think the saying ‘we are what we eat’ necessarily holds true; I think it’s more about ‘what we eat reflects who we are.’
Believers of the former popular saying argue that ‘we are what we eat’, because if you eat fatty and sugary foods, you will gain weight and become fatter, and vice versa, if you eat healthy foods, you will lose weight and become skinnier. This may be true for some people; however, it is not true for everyone. Someone with a high metabolism could eat a lot of bad foods, and not gain a pound. It all depends upon your body type.
Also, I would like to beg to differ that ‘we are what we eat’ in regards to our personality. Sometimes they are just not compatible. For example, I know plenty of people who like sweets, and whose personality is not so sweet.
Let’s also consider the literal meaning of a food. Simply said, we are not animals. I mean just because I eat parts of a pig, doesn’t mean I’m a pig; in fact I’m far from it, I’m one of the most organized people I know.
This concept is more focused on ‘what we eat reflects who we are.’ I say this because our bodies conform to what we eat. We can’t control how that affects our bodies; it will either affect us in a negative or neutral way.
We can also be shaped based our cultural experiences and family traditions with foods, like I mentioned above with the Indian and Thai food. My family isn’t Indian or Thai, but it shapes our family values. Everybody enjoys different types of food, and that shapes who they are, what they eat, and where they go. A certain restaurant can be a family tradition, and mean something to that family. For example, when I was a younger, we always went to a nearby country club for Easter brunch every year. It defines us because we have many memories from there.
From a literal standpoint, I can’t stand here and say ‘I am what I eat’, that just doesn’t seem right to me. I look at it from the viewpoint that ‘what we eat reflects who we are.’ We are shaped by what we eat, we are not what we eat.
8 Comments so far
Leave a comment