Everything that you currently are, you once ate
Everything your body has ever done comes from one source: food you’ve put in it. That Five Guys burger was broken down in your colon, became lung cells, which were then compressed to exhale the carbon dioxide currently leaving your body as you read this sentence.
Food is, quite literally, the stuff of life. How wonderful! Every molecule of your beautiful body was once food. Then you ate it. And it became, well, you.
That spicy noodle soup you’re slurping will become skin cells on your forearm. The protein bar you grabbed for breakfast will become brain processes and hormone secretions. Everything that you currently are, you once ate.
It sounds nuts. We don’t usually think of food this way.
But when we do, meals become moments of serene gratitude and joy. Food, the human body, life: these are miracles.
And that’s why at meals, we give thanks.