Monday, October 3, 2011

Overheard In The Elevator

(Two guys in their mid-20s or so enter the elevator mid-conversation)

Dark-Haired Guy: But you are what you eat man. I mean, if all you eat are carrots all day, you're going to start developing some characteristics of a carrot. And the same thing is true of celery. That's how I feel.

Light-Haired Guy: That's crazy, man.

Dark-Haired Guy: Yeah, but it's true. If you eat, let's say, Tabachnik Soup and that's all you eat, you're going to start developing some personal characteristics of Tabachnik Soup!

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Speaking of "you are what you eat," this issue of the New York Times Magazine is quite interesting and important. I especially enjoyed this QandA at the end by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. I'm in the middle of reading his book right now, and I have to say, it really makes you think about what you eat. Every decision you make in life should be informed and a conscious choice, and deciding what you put in your body is no different. (Then again, I don't think you'll start developing personal characteristics of Tabachnik Soup, no matter how often you eat it. What are personal characteristics of Tabachnik Soup anyway?)

5 comments:

Ezzie said...

I agree. It's why I avoid fruits and nuts. :P

(Though I think they found that many gay people had high soy diets growing up or something.)

Erachet said...

Yet you drink lots of coke... :P

SJ said...

a) That is an amazing conversation. Love it.

b) I think I'm going to start developing the personal characteristics of ice cream. So I'll be...sweet. And cold. Sort of contradictory, huh?

c) Ezzie, I think that study was a totally bogus thing that crazy people came up with. Don't tell me you really buy that.

Ezzie said...

Erachet - That's why I'm both awesome and able to quietly get people going, just like Coke. :)

SJ - I have no clue, I overheard it in conversation from someone who was presenting it as an argument related to parenting. It didn't make much sense to me, other than in the sense that people are more openly gay on the coasts, where people are more likely to eat soy. That they are correlated does not equal causation, if the correlation even exists.

I was saying it as a joke, though. :)

Erachet - You should read my grandmother's "legacy". It's right up this alley re: what you put in your body. It's also a wee bit crazy.

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