How Healthy Are You?

Do you agree with the saying "You are what you eat". It's a notion that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.

Did you know that in the 1920s and 30s, Victor Lindlahr a nutritionist strongly believe in the idea that food controls health and developed the Catabolic Diet.

The ideal Catabolic Diet consists of foods that are very low in calories, fats and carbs but high in fiber. Remember that it is the high amount of fiber that will cause the body to exert more energy in digestion. A lot of fruits and vegetables are considered catabolic. If you want to try this diet, be sure to consume plenty of fruits like apples, tangerines, grapefruits, pineapples and grapefruits. You might also want to load up on various kinds of vegetables like celery, spinach, lettuce, carrots and cauliflower. To avoid eating only fruits and vegetables everyday, you can add some lean meat to your meals.

In 1942, Lindlahr published You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep healthy with diet. That seems to be the vehicle that took the phrase into the public consciousness. Lindlahr is likely to have also used the term in his radio talks in the late 1930s (now lost unfortunately), which would also have reached a large audience.

The phrase got a new lease of life in the 1960s hippy era. The food of choice of the champions of this notion was macrobiotic wholefood and the phrase was adopted by them as a slogan for healthy eating. The belief in the diet in some quarters was so strong that when Adelle Davis, a leading spokesperson for the organic food movement, contracted the cancer that later killed her, she attributed the illness to the junk food she had eaten at college.

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