You are what you eat.
This is true in every sense.
- Metaphorically: if you eat only junk food, you become kind of like junk food yourself, full of fat and chemicals, unhealthy and not pleasant to look at.
- But also biologically: our cells replace themselves constantly, old cells die and new cells are created. Those new cells are not made out of nothing, they are made of what we consume to stay alive – food and water.
The average cell life differs widely, skin cells have a relatively short lifespan of 2-3 weeks, red blood cells about 4 months, white blood cells more than a year, whereas colon cells live only for 4 days. Brain cells are not replaced (remember that when you go out to have a drink the next time); neurons in the cerebral cortex, for example, are not replaced when they die.
Most parts of your body get replaced, and this new cell material is not made out of nothing: you are made of the food you eat.
Because of this it makes sense to take great care of what you eat, since cells made from vegetables and fruit are naturally stronger and generally more efficient than cells made out of BigMac’s.
Everything is food
Everything we eat, whether plant, mushroom or animal, once was a living being, just like us. It is important to always remember that everything, including us humans, is food and will be consumed by some other species at one point. This is the best example for the interconnectedness of the community of life – a vast network of millions of species on a planet, all of which grew out of the same single-celled prokaryotic cells (such as bacteria) in the oceans of the Archean era 3.8 billion years ago, which in turn was made possible by the creation of the different elements throughout the cooling of our universe after the big bang. So every kind of energy has ultimately the same source – this is not only the teaching of various religions, but also a simple scientific fact.
Daniel Quinn called this ‘energy’ that lies within every living being the “fire of life”. The fire of life once burned in everything you eat – but that doesn’t mean the fire is out now. The fire was passed on to you. The fire that once burned in the plants and animals you eat helps to keep your own fire alive and strong. Once you die, your fire of life is being passed on to the microorganisms, insects and animals that feed on your corpse. Energy is never lost, and we are all different parts of the same journey through time.
The importance of wilderness
All things are most happy in their natural, wild state. This is true for humans, for every other animal, for plants, and also for ‘non-animated’ things like rivers.
Wild foods are what every other animal eats, so we humans should include it in our diet if we want to be healthy and strong.