You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on. —–Benjamin Franklin
This quote from Benjamin Franklin seems appropriate when applied to our eating habits in our country today. “You are what you eat” being the ‘useful truth’ in this scenario. An old saying which means that the food one eats has a bearing on one’s state of mind and health.
So this “useful truth” has been “known” for quite some time. (I found it dates back to European writers in the mid 1800s, although the specific phrase was published in 1942 in English by a nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health.) This is when the phrase went public.
If it was “generally received and practiced on” by the vast majority of our population since the 1940’s, no doubt we would have a much healthier country. There appears to be a tremendous lack of general nutritional education, understanding the current reality of our food industry, and personal responsibility. In just my own life, I have grown through many decades of ill or mediocre health to finally embrace this wisdom!
Naturally, there is so much to learn about what we eat and why. But isn’t it amazing how nutritive food is one essential we all need that has the capability of healing, nourishing, rebuilding, and curing?
It is happening. We can see all around us this ‘useful truth’ finally bearing fruit! There is a major nutritional, whole food revolution happening in the US and I am ecstatic to think of millions turning to nutrient-rich, organic foods to gain their optimal health–one conscious choice by one person, one meal at a time.