You Are What You Eat

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me, “You are what you eat.” The phrase seemed silly to me at the time, but I learned that when I ate healthy foods, I became healthier and stronger. When I ate junk food, I was lethargic and listless.

Over the years I found the same “transfer” to occur in the entertainment foods I ingested, whether books, movies, or television programs. I tended to think, speak, and act like what I steadily consumed.

In computer-speak, I believe the phrase is, “garbage in – garbage out.”

If this concept is indeed true, then what I “feed” my mind and spirit is as important a choice as what I feed my body.

A short New Testament book called Philippians gives me a pretty good grocery list. I especially like The Message version:

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by
filling your minds and meditating on things
true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—
the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly;
things to praise, not things to curse. … Do that, and God,
who makes everything work together, will work you into
his most excellent harmonies
(Phil. 4:8,9 MSG).

We have quite a social smorgasbord from which to choose these days. Let’s choose wisely.


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Etta returned her attention to the tables along the wall, looking for spots to place what she’d brought. On either side of the colorful arrangement, women had set the food in specific groupings. Platters of sliced turkey, ham, duck, chicken, and quail anchored one end, with side dishes and breads leading the way toward pies, cakes, puddings, and cookies at the opposite end. The bounty was overwhelming in light of the small community from which it sprang.

After squeezing her pies, bread, and dressing into appropriate sections, she noticed Bern visiting with a new couple near the door. She didn’t recognize them, but as they spoke, Bern glanced her way and then back again quickly, as if he didn’t want her to see him. The curious act gave her pause, but she tucked her baskets beneath the long cloths of the food tables and went in search of Gracie. ~Mail-order Misfire


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2 thoughts on “You Are What You Eat

  1. Karen Gee

    So true! Those are definitely words to remember and live by.
    Our bodies are the Temple of God. We should consider ourselves by choosing wisely.
    Now I’m preaching to myself!
    Thank you!!

    1. davalynn

      Absolutely, Karen. Sometimes we ourselves are the one who needs to hear our message!


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