Why You Need To Watch What You Consume

Shafeeka Hafeez
7 min readOct 19, 2019


Because you are what you consume.

For a good portion of our lives, we’ve been told that “we are what we eat.”

When I was a child, my mom would sit me down and give me an earful before force-serving leafy greens onto my plate. The struggle to keep them down was real.

Now that I’m an adult, one might imagine that times have changed. But my mom hasn’t. She would still refuse to take no for an answer.

She’s right though. Our physical and mental well-being depends a lot on a healthy, balanced diet.

But, it isn’t the only thing that has the potential to define who we are and what we would become.

There are other things that are equally important.

Allow me to break them down as follows:

1) Food Consumption — the composition of your diet determines the composition of your body.

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An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.

Confession: I can’t remember the last time I ate an apple.

But — hear me out. The last apple I intended to eat survived three whole weeks outside the fridge. When I did the math of its shelf-life, including the time it would have taken to reach a tropical country like mine — I vowed to never touch an apple again.

But the above saying can still stand — assuming that the apple is fresh.

A well-balanced, nutritious diet, with lots of greens and fruits, has the potential to keep the doctor away.

In fact, the first thing you need to fix for a healthy body, mind and soul, is your diet.

The nutritional content of what we eat — carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats — goes a long way, deep into our body. They determine our composition, from cell membranes to bone marrow, blood, hormones, tissue, organs, skin, and hair.

Dr. Steven Kelly, an Oxford scientist, goes a step further, and presents evidence to prove how our diet can…



Shafeeka Hafeez

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