When you can’t open your Instagram app without stumbling across dozens of food pictures from the most popular lifestyle bloggers, it’s easy to see how far the phrase “you are what you eat” has come. In the social world, you are truly what you eat, or at least what you put on your plate _ there is rarely photo evidence that Instagramers indeed eat what they post online. Maybe the colourful and healthy breakfast they showcase with the neon-green kale smoothie is only for the camera, and in reality, they gorge on pop tarts and microwaved crumpets. It’s impossible to know. But as the entire profile popularity can be constructed on your ability to display the food you claim you eat in the most elegant and stylish manner, it seems that our social choices of food define who we are and whether we’re worthy of social approval, aka of a like. But aside from the social media world, in real life – #OutsideofInstagram – the food you eat make you the person you are. And here’s how it works!
When the wrong food hurts you
If you think that food should be a pleasure, you’ll immediately sympathise with the constant pain of people who suffer from IBS. According to patient.info, the irritable bowel syndrome is a medical condition in which certain types of food are painful to digest. Patients experience stomach cramps after eating, and they often struggle with bloating and constipation. Unfortunately, the only solution to tackle this disease is to change your diet. The sensitive guts of people with IBS means that they need to reduce their intake of onions, pulse, apples and fruits that contain stones, milk and dairy food, fatty meals, alcohol and caffeinated drinks. In other words, you can avoid most restaurants and nights out because IBS doesn’t want you to have fun.
When a little bit of the right food can turn your mood
Thankfully food isn’t always your enemy. If you’re experiencing high stress, sometimes a little treat can go a long way. For instance, a lot of people, can worry about money or maintaining a healthy work/life balance. But when you feel that you need a break from your stress bubble, it’s time for comfort in caloric but homeopathic doses! A square of dark chocolate can help to improve your mood visibly as it increases the production of serotonin, aka the happy hormone. If you need something warm, have a large cup of tea or homebrewed coffee to help you relax. There’s a comforting feeling in holding a warm mug between your hands.
The food that protects you
Finally, if you want to stay healthy and avoid colds and infections, you need to find ways to boost your immune system. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and helps to promote healthy gut flora. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and help to keep infections from entering your body. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory which helps to get rid of toxins. And don’t forget your dark leafy greens that are rich in vitamin C!
Are you really what you eat? The answer is yes. While you may not want to draw a personality report from the food on your plate, you can certainly decide on your health when you choose what to eat.