You Are What You Eat

you are what you eat

It’s time for Tuesday Tips and Tidbits!

This week is dedicated to my mother and her strong belief in food for health.

I came across this quote the other day and it reminded me of my mother.  When I was growing up, she would often use this quote from Hippocrates, and still does.  She is a strong believer in how diet impacts your health and ability to heal.  She would also use another well-known quote, “you are what you eat.”  When I was little, I would laugh at this notion, and it didn’t sink in.  But, as I got older, these lessons and quotes she would often use really impacted me.  Although, it wasn’t until my 20s that I began thinking about food this way, all of her lessons and home cooked meals have strongly influenced me.  Much of my food philosophy comes from the way I grew up.  My mom had two summer gardens and what we couldn’t eat, she would can.  She would make most of our food homemade and we ate mostly vegetables, beans, and lean meats.   I am so thankful for her influence!  She is a very healthy woman and really understands food and its relation to our body.  Thank you mom for your tireless hours in the garden and kitchen, so that I would know what real food was from a very early age.

Since it is almost St’ Patrick’s Day, I thought I would share some green spinach recipes!

Spinach Pesto

spinach pesto foodgawker6

Shells and Spinach

shells and spinach foodgawker

17 Responses to“You Are What You Eat”

  1. 03/15/2016 at 9:51 am #

    What a lovely mother you have and a healthy influence!

    • Zoale.com
      03/15/2016 at 9:54 am #

      Thank you Lynn! We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but we always had good and healthful food. She was willing to work very hard, so we would be healthy. I really appreciate it and she has been such a strong influence on me.

      • 03/15/2016 at 10:05 am #

        That is so special, more important than toys and money and vacations!

      • Zoale.com
        03/15/2016 at 10:23 am #

        Yes, I totally agree…much more important!

  2. 03/15/2016 at 11:14 am #

    I agree – we are what we eat. I am trying to cut back on carbs and it is difficult 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      03/15/2016 at 11:54 am #

      It is really hard, isn’t it? To bad bread is not a vegetable 😉

  3. 03/15/2016 at 12:41 pm #

    This is such a lovely post Antonia. Your mom sounds like a wise and very remarkable woman 🙂
    Several years ago we had a TV programme called You are what you eat. I was obsessed with it, as it is absolutely so true! I, too this day am a firm believer in that saying. 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      03/15/2016 at 1:57 pm #

      Thank you so much Lynne! She really is! I am too, and it is really true, especially as you get older. That sounds like a great show!

  4. 03/15/2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Your mom had some wonderful lessons that she passed onto you Antonia. I believe that many of our healthy eating habits take hold in our younger years, and it sounds as though this was the case for you! It’s amazing how much better you feel when eating natural, non-processed foods isn’t it?!

    • Zoale.com
      03/15/2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you Heather! That is so true and I totally agree with you. You may stray a bit during the college and young adult years, but you tend to return to how you ate growing up. Yes, it is amazing the difference in how you feel and how certain foods just make you feel so weighed down. I hope my little ones will take these lessons through adulthood too 😀

  5. Mom #2
    03/16/2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Great advice. We can learn a lot from our mothers!! 😉 Both recipes are Delish!!

    • Zoale.com
      03/16/2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you! That is very true! Mothers are the best teachers 😀

  6. 03/17/2016 at 6:55 am #

    Smart woman!! And you’re wise to follow her advice! Healthy eating makes healthy bodies – Thanks Antonia 🙂 🙂

    • Zoale.com
      03/17/2016 at 9:21 am #

      Thank you Linda, she is 😀 You are so right…it makes such a difference! I feel very fortunate to have grown up this way.

      • 03/17/2016 at 9:32 am #

        Fortunate, lucky & absolutely blessed! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        03/17/2016 at 9:34 am #

        I totally agree Linda! I look back and think of how hard she worked so we could eat right, and I am amazed. She has inspired me to do the same for my kids as well. Thank you 😀

      • 03/17/2016 at 9:48 am #

        🙂 🙂

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