You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat is a saying that has been around for a while. Back in 1825 Anthelme Brillat-Savarin personally challenged the readers of his book The Physiology of Taste to “Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are.” Not only was he the ultimate “foodie” of his time, he actually “got it” that the components of our diet definitely affect our well being. The brighter souls among us understand that “garbage in” to a system only results in “garbage out” but even “knowing so” doesn’t help us change our habits particularly when it comes to “fast food.”

It wasn’t until 2004 that it occurred to someone to turn the concept of You Are What You Eat into a television show. That someone was Gillian McKeith and the year was 2004. This British personality and author is totally responsible for the attention-getting format which appears to have worked for a time. The three big tests for the participants were (1.) being photographed in their underwear, (2.) a display of the foods eaten for the duration of a week, and (3.) a chemical examination of their feces. It was thought that these physical humiliations provided sufficient motivation to slim down and would give a good laugh to all the viewers.

Here’s a seven minute YouTube of the show including horrendous The Table of Food displayed to a couple who McKeith helped to slim down. Their primary problem was that they ordered out every meal of the day and consequently were eating hardly anything fresh.

Initially McKeith was severely criticized for her use of the title “Doctor” which was later changed “holistic nutritionist.” And the reputation of the school where she studied, the Clayton College of Natural Health, was loosing its footing from a class action suit filed by its students. Also many viewers also were made uncomfortable with her frequent mentions of eminent death caused by a number of reckless nutritional habits. Eventually the public had enough of the truth.

“There is nothing more uplifting than finding how to create the best version of yourself. So, working with people who want to improve the way they feed themselves; body and soul is really exciting.” ~ Trisha Goddard

In March of 2021 it was announced that You Are What You Eat was being brought back to life. This Channel 5 incarnation will be hosted by Trisha Goddard, a well known television British actor and television presenter. And, yes, the “flabby photos,” “table of food” and the “poop test” will return as well. Very wisely Goddard will share the stage with Dr. Amir Khan and a number of very conventional health experts. This time they will produce results based on proven scientific dietary and exercise principles. All this combined could make this show a smash!

Gillian McKeith

Trisha Goddard

Gillian McKeith was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Libra. Her INNER Self is ruled by the Moon and Venus governs her OUTER Self. People born in the #19 MON LIB Dayology Signature are usually respectful of others and their rights. At least they should be. And that is what made McKeith so entertaining. She really knew how to break social rules and get away with it.

Trisha Goddard was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. The Moon rules her INNER Self and her OUTER Self is governed by Saturn. Those of the #22 MON CAP Dayology Signature are hard workers and eager to succeed. Even though she is known as the television queen of light-hearted debate, she is up to facing some serious matters in this new undertaking.

It’s no accident that Goddard was chosen to replace McKeith. Both women are born on Monday, the Day Ray that is perfect for capturing the imagination of masses and giving the appearance of concern about the welfare of others. The initial version of You Are What You Eat ran totally on an emotional level. The principles of nutrition were barely mentioned; it was filled with disrespectful and revolting revelations. The second time around will hopefully be more responsible.

The actual difference between these two women is that McKeith is a Libra while Goddard is a Capricorn. And that’s a big deal. Libra tries to straighten things out but Capricorn enjoys taking things to a new level. So it may be a while before this reboot makes its debut in Britain and even longer until it is replayed on BBC America, but meanwhile we can investigate the concept of letting better food choices improve our lives, because that is how nutrition works.

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