When I was growing up, my Mom used to say: “dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres.” Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who are. Still true today. If you hang around a bunch of disrespectful, irresponsible people, you’ll eventually act like them.
And so it is with food. If everyone around you eats junk food, guess what you’ll eat. And guess what you’ll look like. I can always tell what a person eats by the tone and color of their skin, the heft around their middle, the puffiness on their face and neck.
Incidents of Diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol aren’t skyrocketing in a vacuum. It’s the junk we’re using to produce our food. And these problems only get worse with age.
So I’ve amended my Mom’s wise words. “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” “Dime que comes y te diré quien eres.”
In the last decade my eating habits and lifestyle completely changed. For many reasons. And my body has changed as a result. I look younger. My skin is soft. My health is better. If I do get sick, I bounce back quickly. I am happy knowing that the food I put in my temple is farmed sustainably. I beam with pride when my daughter asks for salads and fruit, instead of processed snacks.
What do you think a lifetime of ingesting food grown in pesticide-laden soil does to a body? That poison lodges in tissue. And, if not removed, creates disease.
Last week it was my great honor to address hundreds of Latino entrepreneurs as a speaker at the Latina Style Magazine Business Series. Many people approached me afterwards, but two women really stuck out. They asked how I maintained my vitality and shape. I said I walked the talk. I eat well. I exercise. I meditate and pray. I give thanks every day. I do what I love. I purchase food that makes me feel good to buy, eat and share with my family.
I’m not saying change everything in your life now. I’m saying start making smart changes. Before you know it, your eating habits and lifestyle will change. And so will your body.
There are no secrets, EcoRicans. The body needs healthy, organic fuel. You fill it with corroded fuel and you get a weaker, less efficient machine.
You are what you eat.
Think about that next time you reach for a bag of wood-cellulose-laden chips. Buy a bag of organic ones instead. And crunch away!