Timeless Diet Quotes

Fish and vegetablesBeauty is a concept that is interpreted differently in each country.

The way a person should look like, the ideal weight and shape and how a person should eat to stay fit are things that are strongly connected to peoples’ culture and tradition.

Although we live in a modern world, where technology has developed to such an extent that almost anything is possible, some of the old principles and diet advice are still very much alive.

Either they’re part of a country’s culture or they’re just sayings invented by famous people, some food quotes or proverbs are still used nowadays and recommended by nutritionists everywhere:

1. “One should eat to live, not live to eat” (Benjamin Franklin)

This quote is the one that best describes the purpose of food. One shouldn’t turn food into a sport or a favorite activity. Food should be eaten to survive and be healthy. I’m not saying that you should starve yourself and eat only when you’re really hungry. But eating because you’re bored or have nothing else to do is just as bad. One should respect the most important meals of the day and eat only when your body tells you to do so.

2. “Eat a lot of foods that stand on one leg, in a moderate amount the ones that stand on two legs and rarely the ones that stand on four legs.” (ancient Chinese quote)

This quote might be the reason why Chinese people are considered healthier than most others. It basically advises us to eat lots of vegetables (one leg meaning the root), poultry in a moderate amount and pork or any other types of meat in a small amount. This quote resembles a lot with the servings recommended by the food pyramid.

3. “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty”. (Japanese proverb)

The Japanese people, as well as the Chinese, are known for their slender physique. This proverb emphasizes on the importance of tea in our lives. Tea contributes not only to a healthy body but also to a sound mind. The healthier we are, the happier we are.

4. “Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork.” (English proverb)

This proverb describes the most common health problems of the present: bad eating habits and obesity. Not eating healthy or weighing too much can lead to serious health issues that can turn out to be fatal in some cases, fact that most people don’t acknowledge yet. This proverb is more of an advice: try to have a common sense diet and aim for a healthy weight.

These are only a few of the most important food proverbs and quotes from which we can learn. Searching for food quotes from different cultures, I ran into an anonymous saying that really surprised and amused me at the same time: “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.” Funny or not, it might have a glimpse of truth in it. Now I’m asking you the same question as the one who invented it: could this be just a coincidence?

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