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Assuming you believe that you are what you eat, how long does a change in diet take to manifest itself?

Asked by judyprays (1282 points ) March 19th, 2009

i have decided to eat only exquisite foods in order to be more exquisite. how long do you think this process will take?

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MarshallO's avatar

A lifetime. If I were what I eat, I would be the Pillsbury Doughboy.

casheroo's avatar

well, what’s your definition of “exquisite foods”

SpatzieLover's avatar

Then you’ll probably look like this or this in no time! ;)

SpatzieLover's avatar

BTW~ judy, I’m refining my diet by both consumption and quality, myself. Personally, I think it takes about a year, maybe a bit longer.

I started slowly, by altering what types of foods I buy for my family, first. Now that were nearly HFCS free, are trans fat free, and are eating mostly organics, things are moving quicker in the right direction for us all.

westy81585's avatar

Chemically speaking, it depends on what it is that you’re eating. Some stuff is processed quickly and finds its way into your cell structure within hours. Other stuff takes longer and could take weeks to cycle into your system in place of the old diets materials.

If you eat healthy for a period of a week or so (like no fast food, lots of fruit/veggies/water/unrefined foods), you’ll notice you feel better (especially if it’s after a long stretch of eating crap food).

westy81585's avatar

Side note, organics are RARELY better than “none-organics.” And in many cases they’re actually worse. Not to mention they very rarely meet the nice standards that they sell themselves on (open range chickens usually have a patch of land not big enough for a bed connected to their regular barn, and are typically too terrified/unphysically able to step outside). Also, they tend to be a huge drain on the economy, as they’re usually shipped further.

Unless you are growing it, or know specifically who’s growing it, “organic” foods are a waste of your time and money.

casheroo's avatar

@westy81585 Organic and non-organic are two totally different things. They have to follow strict regulations for it to be organic. Yes, some companies do the minimul, like Horizon’s, I love their milk but they do not treat their cows properly..even though it’s organic, it is not something I would purchase.

When we started eating healthier, we stopped getting fast food, no sodas with HFCS..all the soda we buy has natural cane sugar in it. Those were the first small steps we made. Then we started buying all natural, or organic foods.

judyprays's avatar

i was hoping 3 days, but a year seems more reasonable. i eat pretty well already, but thought it would be interesting to take it up a notch. the concept is i only want to eat food that i would want to look like – but also want to eat it in a way that is exquisite. a quick blessing before, good portions, plate it beautifully, enjoy each bite…

MarshallO's avatar

@judyprays By your last description, I assume, then, that this Question was meant as a joke.

SpatzieLover's avatar

At Judy, I would read up on how Giada treats food (BTW~she JUST had a baby and looks more exquisite than ever).

She definitely eats only a bite or two of each delicacy she enjoys.

Jack79's avatar

I eat a lot of pork which I guess makes me a pig.
Been on a cheese diet recently, which makes me cheesy.
Swapping to corn soon.

judyprays's avatar

it might be a funny question but it was no joke…

Jack79's avatar

Well you don’t become more exquisite by eating more exquisite foods if that’s what you mean. I thought you were joking because this could not be taken seriously.

Now if you asked “how long will it take for the toxins to go out of my body after becoming vegetarian?” the answer would be “a few months”. Or how long will it take to lose weight after going on a diet, the answer is “straightaway, but gradually”.

But no, “you are what you eat” is simply a metaphor and you will never fly by adding duck to the menu.

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