Tell me what you eat and i will tell you what you are сочинение

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.

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.


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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Origin of “You are What You Eat”

The exact source of this phrase is unknown but it is said that Anthelme Brillat-Savarin used this phrase in his book, “Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante” published in 1826 and it translates in English as, [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].” Later in his essay, Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism in 1863-64, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach also used this phrase in almost similar meanings. Both imply the same meanings that food we eat has a bearing on our mental and physical conditions.

Meaning of “You are What You Eat”

It is a metaphorical expression implying what people eat could eventually affect their lives. If they eat healthy food, they will feel healthy, and if they eat rubbish and junk food, they will not feel healthy. It is because these are the types of foods, which affect human weight and consequently affect hair condition, organs, teeth skin, and brain cells, etc. To simply put it, food defines your physical and mental character.

Usage of “You are What You Eat”

The phrase means that to become healthy and fit, one needs to eat balanced and good food. For instance, if you eat consistently a variety of life-sustaining, healthy and whole foods, then your body would glow and give you better feelings. If you eat mostly nutrient-dense foods, such as whole plant foods including beans, onions, berries, seeds, green vegetables, and fruits, you would get a heavy amount of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, phyto-nurtrients and carotenoids  that keep human body strong, healthy and also protect it from high cholesterol, cancer and heart diseases. However, in case you live on fast foods or junk and trash, it will certainly affect your bodily organs and lead to several physical ailments as well as impacts your mental condition.

Literary Source

This phrase first appeared in Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s book, and is translated into English as;

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

In fact, it intends to encourage and motivate people to be health conscious in that they need to consider every food item before they take in.

Literary Analysis of “You are What You Eat”

On the surface, the phrase conveys that to be healthy and fit, your intake of food should be good. However, the interpretation could go deeper as, foods contain different nutrients including vitamins, amino acids, minerals, etc. and our human body cells are made up of these nutrients. When we eat this food, our digestive system extracts these nutrients from food, and it becomes part of body cells, and finally, this food makes us feel strong and fresh if it is balanced diet or weak and tired, if not containing sufficient ingredients. Hence, it affects our thinking too. Literally, we become what we eat. Also, there are a number of healthy and unhealthy eaters around the world, yet the statistics prove that some people are healthier than others, depending on which type of meal they eat daily. That is why the use of this phrase indicates a mental makeup of a nation.

Literary Devices

  • Metaphor: Food is a metaphor for human beings.