The phrase “you are what you eat” interests me. As a dietitian, I can’t really disagree with its intent. I do believe that one of the keys to health and vitality is eating a well-balanced, varied diet.
But as the parent of a child with autism, sometimes I enjoy looking at things literally. My daughter would interpret that phrase as: “If I eat a banana, I will become one.” Given that the holiday season is packed with turkey dinners and leftovers, I wonder what it would be like to become a turkey.
If you look up the definition of ‘turkey,’ it doesn’t just mean ‘country between Eastern Europe and Western Asia’ or ‘large fowl.’ Another definition of ‘turkey’ involves being an inept person; someone who is clumsy, foolish and stupid. That’s not good at all, and certainly no one reading this blog is any of those things. In this case, you’re definitely NOT what you eat.
Here’s how you are better than a turkey:
- You are interested in healthy living.
- You are looking for credible and current nutrition information written for British Columbians.
- You found the HealthyFamiliesBC blog.
- You are reading it right now.
- You feel profoundly lucky that you don’t have a neck wattle.
In fact, the only way you are like a turkey is that you can’t fly. And that’s ok.
So, go ahead. Keep eating your leftover turkey – here is a recipe to get you started. But, just to be safe, you should keep reading our blog too. Happy New Year!