You Work What You Eat [Health] — 2022

Written by Bolivar T. Caceres

All mothers push off the quaint platitude, “you are what you eat,” and mothers are beyond correct in countless ways. The human body is a machine, and the fuel it needs is food, for it is food that determines the energy one possesses and, therefore, determines the level of energy one can exert. But it goes beyond one being either inert or active; what one eats also affects one’s mood and faculties. It also affects the scope of one’s productivity.

There is a word for a drowsy, zombie-like inertia in the urban parlance after gorging a large unhealthy meal: the itis. In this state, one is tranquil like a cow out for pasture, soon to be put down, but here, one is already put down. It is a state where productivity and activity are non-existent notions. Furthermore, there are exorbitant consequences to the force that decides to disturb one in this state, even at the risk of breaking character.

It is heartbreaking to see a fellow human without energy from unhealthy eating; it is tantamount to seeing one at the opposite spectrum, emaciated from hunger. Those who lack the resources for proper meals with vitamins and proteins will more often than not be weak-willed, despondent, and depressed, seeking food at any means, constantly hurting themselves or others for leftovers.

Eating food, especially a balanced diet — grains, cereals, fruits, greens, beans, dairy products, etc. — provides one with sharper faculties and can even enhance the lucidity of dreams. A good meal brings happiness and often good conversations. At work, one is alert, active, productive, and present. Working on an empty stomach contributes to a bad mood and sloppy work habits. One feels aggrieved and soon refuses to do any work without a meal.

For an alert and productive day, have a robust breakfast with fruits, eggs, whole-wheat toast, and a tall glass of water, coffee, or green tea. Mother is right: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Have a large and enjoyable lunch filled with greens, fruits, and proteins. A big lunch keeps one metabolism going at its apex. It provides energy for the next half of the day.

The worker bee should keep snacks around like peanuts, grapes, and yogurt. Last, when you eat dinner, don’t swallow down a large or heavy meal overflowing with fat, oil, and sugar. A portion of delectable chicken pasta with peppers and onions is a good example. The keynote here is to eat healthy without stifling one’s mood, alertness, and productivity, even after work. One shouldn’t feel sluggish after a meal or feel like not working.

If you’re short of meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, check out this article: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/easy-healthy-meals

Also, Dinnerly has excellent options for a balanced diet at a reasonable price, five meals for $65. The desserts are fantastic! Use my code to sign-up: https://dinnerly.com/v/2FC6DC.

Bolivar T. Caceres is a Bronx-based artist and writer. His poems appear on ShortEdition and Ariel Chart. He is also the author of the chapbook Outside My Garret Window published in 2020. He currently curates and writes for the quarterly film blog, Film Studies 401. Connect with him on social media @BolivarTCaceres and at www.BtcArt.co.

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