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You are what you eat

  1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
    ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago

    What we eat affects not only how our bodies look but also how we think. Certain chemicals affect our brains and so it affects our choices and our choices make us who we are.

    So does that mean that if you're a meat-eater,you're more predatory socially? Does being a vegetarian make you a docile creature.

    Any thoughts?

    1. Obscure Divine profile image59
      Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm highly omnivorous and I'm far from finicky, so I often think about everything.  But, when really hungry, I'm solely a carnivore...and during those times, I simplify my thoughts to a caveman's actuality in a pristine fashion of self-core awareness.

      1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I appreciate the poetry, but now I don't know exactly what you mean.

    2. SummerSteward profile image61
      SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm vegetarian, and I am FAR from docile. Just trying to be an ethical consumer. I don't think it has anything to do with instinct, we have evolved enough to live outside of instinct in some regards, making ethical choices one of those.

      1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        well you know, the ability to make an ethical choice shows that the hunger for killing something in order to live is making you less predatory as you go along.

        But heavy meat eaters cannot live without meat. Show them dead cow and they'll think oh...poor cow, now when do we cook it.

        1. SummerSteward profile image61
          SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          That's absolute rubbish. I was a heavy meat eater for 20 years. I not only can live without the desire to eat meat, but not even a craving. I grew up on sausages for breakfast, turkey for lunch and beef for dinner.  Not to mention  jerky's and animal product cheeses for snacks.  Thanks to mom very little fruits or veggies. Not only am I more clear headed, but I have a healthier digestive system to boot. It's been 6 years and I have found that eating healthier in this manner incites a desire to continue doing so.

          Being healthier also encourages a mindset to be more aggressive about what it wants. Being evolved past the point of instincts, I think "predatory" takes on a different context.

          1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
            ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            many people are predatory, they just express it differently. Our instincts you'll be surprised is heavily influenced by our biochemistry which is directly influenced by food ingestion.

            Autism has been found to reduce in gravity when cow's milk is taken off the diet. SO, doesn't that say that if you drink the milk of cows too much at some point in your genetic line, you start becoming like a baby cow. No language, just repetitive twitching of in our case fingers the way cows twitch their tails and ears...

            I'm just saying, maybe we shouldn't be stealing the poor baby cow's milk. Our teeth look like horse and goat teeth. we don't have canine. so why are we eating meat?

            1. SummerSteward profile image61
              SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I'll agree with you there. I have worked with several autistic people and often they are allergic to dairy, or just as precaution put on an entirely vegan organic diet. Also having allergies or peaks in behaviors when food dyes  and preservatives are added to their diets.

              I don't claim to know the scientific facts your aiming for here, but I can tell you that as soon as I dropped meat from my diet, my metabolism increased and my digestive system made leaps and bounds in the direction of improvement. I lost over 40lbs.

              I've often thought with the introduction of bleached flour and an emphasis on meats and dairy we have walked away from what could be considered a natural diet for us and has led us instead down the way to obesity.

              1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
                ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                The ability to intellectualize food ingestion to think of the future is very forager. Case in point you.

                As for meat-eating, check out the Greek One. Another case in point. The biochemistry is addicted to it, so even if its not logical given the serious implications on our long term survival and the planet we live in, they still will choose on the basis of what the biochemistry is calling for.

                "I eat meat, I am already primed for meat eating, don't change the system!"

                Meat eaters will eat at the expense of what it eats. Because well, it's food. In the same vein, (pun intended) meat-eaters will have no qualms to be top of the food chain psychologically. I'm on top, you're food sort of mindset. The body needs to have that apathy in order to enable the body to ingest the dead animal.

                The more you eat vegetables, the less you have these hormonal behaviors and are able to think clearly about choices.

                Deer thinks, should I go this path or that path? Hmmm.....wait. I think something is looking at me. what's that? A lot of deliberating going on when you're an herbivore. You stay alive by being away from danger and thinking in advance.

                Predators however are territorial, a little lazy and lethargic with occasional spurts of energy.

                I think if meat eating is reduced, coffee drinking will go down with it as well (and that is a sad sad prospect, sorry caffeine addict)

    3. profile image0
      WildIrisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If I eat chocolate does that mean I'm sweet?
      Meat eater or vegetarian a side, man is a predatory creature.

      1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        If you eat chocolate, you will have a lot of serotonin, you'll be happy and feeling sexy.

        Also, when you get your period, don't you crave chocolate...it's the magnesium. If you don't satisfy this craving, you'll have PMS.

        Doesn't that point to how food directly affects behavior. Happy chocolate eater on one side, the wrath of khan on the other-sans chocolates.

        1. Greek One profile image78
          Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          well, you ARE right about eating chocolate and feeling sexy

          http://healthinmotion.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/eating.jpg

          1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
            ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            thanks, that is definitely reason not to eat anything for a year.

            1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
              ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              LOL! scary!

    4. sooner than later profile image59
      sooner than laterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I would say meat eaters are more hostile.

    5. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Cecil:
      The old adage we are what we eat was edited and changed. It now reads: We are what we "assimilate" of what we eat.
      I am also very omnivorous, but I will not eat "beef."
      Beef is difficult to digest. It may hang around in the gut for days fermenting (rotting) before being ejected. Bacteria can thrive in it and it can cause problems in the gut before being "dumped."
      Beef is also too fatty, the protein in it is hard to metabolize and cattle is fed with hormones that increase their size and weight. Chickens are also fed hormones but, damnit, I love chicken....lol
      I try to eat foods that supply "complete" proteins, are moderate in complex carbohydrates and low in fat of any kind.
      I try to restrict my intake of "simple" carbs and the fats I do consume must not be "partially hydrogenated oils" of any kind and certainly not any, or extremely little animal fat.
      We have evolved to be "Human" because we became omnivores with a high intake of animal protein.

      1. Obscure Divine profile image59
        Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Naturally organic meat is totally fine; yummy!  Fish is also great, as long as it is not in highly polluted waters.

      2. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Well we needed to eat, and with the lack of substantial food around, we learned to eat meat. We are survivors, ya? But excessive meat eating is detrimental to our health and the planet's. So are we going to persist on this habit we acquired?

        Buddhist countries have smiley people,and they are generally more peaceful (except for India, they are the most argumentative people to ever attend any meeting, as a generalization of course) These people most of the time do not eat meat, or garlic.

        Western people in places where burgers, steaks and pork are the staple are more "Are you talking to me? ARE YOU TALKING TO ME,WHAT ARE YOU SMILING AT?"

    6. ITSecurityAnalyst profile image60
      ITSecurityAnalystposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You are what you think and write.

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        eeeewwwwww!

        1. myownworld profile image81
          myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol

      2. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That too... but that's another forum.

  2. EyesAndEars profile image59
    EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago

    oh, please.  i think it refers to depressive/suicidal/happy thoughts not being a predator because we eat meat!   lol

    1. Obscure Divine profile image59
      Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Uhh, you landed on the wrong forum thread.  Psychology is somewhere else, or you could also try alternative medicine.  Ha-ha!

      1. EyesAndEars profile image59
        EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        i stand by what i say.  i happen to be a meat eater, and i like some vegetarian foods, but am definitely NOT predatory!   LOL

        1. Obscure Divine profile image59
          Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Okay..., then why did you mention depression, suicide, and demented thoughts of delirium?  For a whole minute, I thought we were talking about "you are what you eat" or something, and you start getting psycho-active upon the possibility of mental ailments from predatory actions - due to seeking food.  LOL!

          1. EyesAndEars profile image59
            EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Certain chemicals affect our brains and so it affects our choices and our choices make us who we are.

            i was referring to this comment. i think this is referring to depressive/suicidal/happy thoughts, not whether or not a person is a social predator!  lol

            1. Obscure Divine profile image59
              Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Well, I choose to claim hogwash when I see it. 
              The "Mental Health" category is here:
              http://hubpages.com/forum/category/2427

              Thanks, Ha-ha!  big_smile

        2. ceciliabeltran profile image85
          ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          well are you competitive and a little moody sometimes?

          1. EyesAndEars profile image59
            EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            isn't everyone?   lol

            seriously, though, i eat more salads during the spring and summer months, but my actions and behaviors dont change lol  only my thoughts of fitting into a bikini when I go to the beach   lol

            1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
              ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              well the bikini definitely inspires predators, so on the summer and spring months, you start behaving like prey! Just kidding.

              I don't know, steak eaters tend to like competitive sports more, don't you think?

              1. EyesAndEars profile image59
                EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                what is it with the idea of predators??   lol

                hmm, steak eaters like competitive sports....i think you might be right!  i'm not big on steaks...not much anyway...sometimes...but not much!  lol

                1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
                  ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  nothing, its just an idea I've been bouncing around in my head. smile Need to lose weight, hence the preoccupation with food.

      2. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        no, it could say that. anything is cool here. you can even say certain foods make you behave in certain ways, the way catnip affects cats.

        1. Obscure Divine profile image59
          Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          If foods or the concept of predatory actions make you suicidal & depressed like she mentioned, then no, I don't think it fits in here - under this forum thread.

  3. profile image0
    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    Oh! I reckon that makes me a real pussy.

    1. EyesAndEars profile image59
      EyesAndEarsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      leave them kitty cats alone, i say!!!   LOL

    2. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      and here I was thinking you were just and old dawg!  but still, I am gonna teach you a few new tricks, anyhow!

  4. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    arggghhhhh!  what are those beans doing to me?

    (poot)

  5. myownworld profile image81
    myownworldposted 6 years ago

    And I eat lots of nuts! So................. ?

    1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
      ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      you like shopping, right?

      1. myownworld profile image81
        myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        ok. I'm a woman, what do u expect? wink
        C'mon, that was too easy...give us something better than that!

        1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
          ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Well nuts, nuts are rich in protein but they are also rich in parasites, which is why some people are allergic to it. So I would say you probably are irritable suffering from occasional acne which leads to poor self-esteem on the days you have them....just a wild guess.

          nuts give you acne. (you wanted more so I'm giving you more....no disrespect intended.)

          1. myownworld profile image81
            myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            big_smile ..nice try, but mercifully I have clear skin... (Welcome to scan that pic if you like - it's my present one.. nope, u won't find a zit, sorry!)
            As for low self esteem....so the days I skip nuts, I'll have a high one...? ok. that's a first... hmm....

            1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
              ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              well ofcourse you eat more than nuts right? just as an example.

              1. Greek One profile image78
                Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                have you ever eaten the nuts off of a fruit??

    2. Obscure Divine profile image59
      Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Was that an ambiguous statement?  tongue

      1. Greek One profile image78
        Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        she said "eat" silly

        1. myownworld profile image81
          myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile wink

        2. Obscure Divine profile image59
          Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Hey now, I've heard it called that before.  Not everybody uses the term swallow, since it is so cliche.  Ha-ha!

          1. myownworld profile image81
            myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol so what does that make you, cocky??

            1. Greek One profile image78
              Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              hahahahahs

            2. Obscure Divine profile image59
              Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Ha-ha!  No, the provider...

              1. Greek One profile image78
                Greek Oneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                you have to admit, you do get a little 'testy' sometimes smile

                1. Obscure Divine profile image59
                  Obscure Divineposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Testicles?  WTF?  LOL!  big_smile

                  1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
                    ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    ok, time to call your girlfriend Obscure.

  6. Greek One profile image78
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    So THAT's why they call me a 'lard ass'!!

  7. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    I  have   been   eating        crow  all   day!


    gotta run out for more Rolaids now.

  8. ceciliabeltran profile image85
    ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago

    Oh but isn't it a fact that our biology supports our food choices. Meaning if you have to chase the rabbit/bison, you have to have an aggressive soup in our brain? But if you're getting your nutrition from foraging, you won't need as much stress producing hormones.

    Just saying, beef eaters tend to watch more basketball and football than tofu eaters, who lets say likes to do crafts like beading or other hand-eye coordination things,foraging skills basically.

    The stress hormones your body produces that will help make you crouch around like a lion trapping a gazelle is translated as manipulative strategies to gain a promotion for instance. Tofu eating would require you to have the focus to actually pick the soy of a plant, so lots of concentration and attention to details would result. you'll be more patient.

    If you eat both, like Obscure, you probably swing from being a predator and a docile animal...much like obscure.

  9. Greek One profile image78
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    what did you say about my teeth???

    http://www.flimflammer.com/uploaded_images/horse_teeth-793536.jpg

    1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
      ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      LOL! you need to brush horsy!

  10. Greek One profile image78
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    i like chemicals and hormones!!

    I like chicken that has been scientifically altered to meet the needs of my taste buds!

    I like bloody slabs of cow carcasses the leave me constipated for days!!

    I like it and you can't make me stop from gorging off of the 'fat of the land' (literally)

    However, in a spirit of compromise, I will have some carrot cake

    1. myownworld profile image81
      myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile  true wisdom.....!

      (and lol @ obscure!)

  11. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    well ok, smartypants, I am nuts!  and what have I been eating?


    beans!


    SO MUCH FOR THAT THEORY!  whoooowhooooowhooooo

  12. Greek One profile image78
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    leave the guy alone.. he is ballsy the way he comes on here and... oh oh. I did it again

  13. waynet profile image46
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    Then I'm a filthy takeaway with grease dripping off.....

    1. SummerSteward profile image61
      SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      eeewwww. I can't believe you just said that!!! haha smile

      1. waynet profile image46
        waynetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Tis true, I need to diet and keep fit or else I'll have a heart attack....oh well!

        1. SummerSteward profile image61
          SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          tis okay. Sometimes I eat french fries or a slice of greasy cheese pizza. smile

          1. waynet profile image46
            waynetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm pizza! cool

            1. SummerSteward profile image61
              SummerStewardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I know right!?!?!?

    2. myownworld profile image81
      myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ok. that does it. I'm never ordering takeaway again!

      (at least hubby will be happy... roll)

  14. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    I'd like two orders of eyes and ears - to go, please!  and could I have extra tartar sauce with that, please?  OH!  and a tall cherry coke!  Thanks.

  15. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    und zoo  eef one eats much yogurt?

    1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
      ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      i don't know, I suppose you start acting like bacteria?

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        slimey

  16. ceciliabeltran profile image85
    ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago

    ok, lets all have dinner guys. I think that's the whole point of this thread....and once again 3 hours down the drain.

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      no, no, don't throw it down the drain!  there are children starving in China who would eat that!

      1. ceciliabeltran profile image85
        ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        err, trust me the food in china is great. it's my own refrigerator that's the problem. think I'll go for pizza.

  17. profile image0
    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    y'all have made me hungry and now my predator mode has kicked in. where is my ephalant gun?

  18. Supatrupa profile image62
    Supatrupaposted 6 years ago

    Oh I'm definitely a predator.. As a soldier one of my duties is to eat otherwise I will not survive...

  19. sxyshiningsmile profile image60
    sxyshiningsmileposted 6 years ago

    i agree with you.

 
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