June 23, 2017

“You are what you eat” (among other things)…



“You Are What You Eat”             
Dr. Victor Hugo Lindlahr (1895-1969)
       Pioneering American health food advocate
       The title of
his popular and influential book, first published in 1942, which promotes the idea that eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (a “Catabolic Diet” by Lindlahr) is the key to good health.
       Lindlahr is generally credited with popularizing the phrase, though a
s noted on the great Phrase Finder site, versions had been floating around as far back as the early 1800s French food gourmet Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) included the aphorism “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” in his 1825 book The Physiology of Taste. German philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach (1804-1872) said in an 1863 essay “A man is what he eats.” 
       “You are what you eat” was picked up and recycled by many nutritionists and food writers in the 1950s. In the 1960s, it gained new popularity as a slogan used by organic food advocates, further popularized by the 1968 semi-documentary music/comedy film
You Are What You Eat, which features musicians Peter Yarrow, Barry McGuire, Tiny Tim, Paul Butterfield and lots of Hippies.

Donald Trump Think Big book


“You are what you think you are…Oftentimes, perception is more important than fact.”              
Donald Trump
       Former businessman turned politician; elected the 45th President of the United States in November 2016
       A comment Trump made in book
Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life (originally published in 2007)
       I suspect many people would likely agree that The Donald has adhered to this belief throughout his business and political career.

Social Media Logotype Background


“You are what you post.”              
       An aphorism about social media posts on the internet – made by
more than 800,000 posts on the internet. 



“You are what you is
You is what you am
A cow don’t make ham...
You are what you is
An’ that’s all it ‘tis.”

Frank Zappa
       American musician, filmmaker and entrepreneur
       Lyrics from the title song of Zappa's 1981 double album You Are What You Is

Farla Efros


“You are what you wear. Today, it’s becoming more and more important to choose your apparel consciously and to make sustainable fashion choices.”             
Farla Efros
       President of retail strategic firm HRC Advisory, which advises corporations on ethical operating practices
       Quoted in
a 2016 HuffingtonPost article about “fair trade” fashion wear

James Burke, producer & author


“You are what you know.”              
James Burke
       British science historian, documentary producer and author
       In his excellent book
The Day the Universe Changed (1985)

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“You are what they eat.”              
       Advertising slogan for the movie
Critters 3 (1991), one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s early films



“We are what we think.”              
Buddha (563-483 B.C.)
       Indian spiritual teacher whose teachings are the foundation of the Buddhist religion
       This is the popular English translation of the opening words of Verse 1 of
The Dhammapada, as translated by Thomas Byrom in the mid-1970s. Although Byrom’s version has been widely read and quoted, it’s a loose, creative translation that has been criticized as inaccurate by some Buddhist scholars. Another alternate, somewhat more literal translation of the line is: “All things have the nature of mind.”

Weekly World News, Nov 6, 2001


“You are what you were. Expert reveals how past lives control everything you do – TODAY!”              
       Headlines from a story on page 15 of
the November 6, 2001 issue of the Weekly World News
       I still miss the print version of WWN, but I’m glad there’s
an online version now.

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