34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!
Eating healthy is hard, I get it, I really do! I’m currently pregnant with my third child and had morning sickness to the point where I just ate anything I could keep down. But, believe me, it’s hard to eat healthy even when not pregnant, especially if you don’t feel motivated or inspired in some way to eat healthy. That’s why I love keeping these healthy eating quotes around for whenever I feel a tad bit of inspiration to eat well!
These quotes are ones to live by, ones that society should live by, and ones you should teach your children to live by. Let’s raise healthy kids and be healthy ourselves!!
Enjoy the quotes below, I hope they inspire you to eat well…even when you don’t want to.
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Healthy Eating Quotes
“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.” ~ Heather Morgan.
This healthy eating quote is key in eating for health instead of eating for pleasure! And, really, what more inspiration do you need if you post this quote on your fridge to read everyday? I bet you’d take an apple over cheez-it’s with this quote in mind. Share it with your kids and family to help them see the connection between food and health. If they know that the choices they make will effect how they feel and how likely they are to have or not have health issues in the future, they may think twice before heading towards the processed snack foods.
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ~Ann Wigmore
This healthy eating quote is along the same line as the one above; eat well to heal yourself, or eat poorly to not live as long.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates
Along the same lines, but this quote is ancient and so valuable it had to be listed here. It also shows how sad society is; we have had this information since the time of Hippocrates, yet look at how the general population eats. Take note of this ancient knowledge and eat well!
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison
I wish there was more preventative care for health through nutrition; that doctors were required more nutritional training than they currently have. Where I am now, my OBGYN, who is also my girls pediatrician, seems knowledgeable about nutrition. And, had no worries when I told her I eat a mostly vegan diet. However, the first pediatrician my oldest child went to, the same doctor I had as a kid, it was obvious he didn’t know much about child nutrition; when he tells me and my husband that our barely 1 year old can eat pretty much anything and insisting on feeding her meat and dairy. (I didn’t, of course, finding healthier, plant based alternatives, instead.)
“The best doctor gives the least medicine.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Unfortunately, that’s not what it seems like doctors think. Obviously, there are some doctors who are great at not prescribing medication as a first instinct. But most regular doctors, they went to school for medicine, not nutrition. So, it’s not entirely their fault. Honestly, health insurance should pay for everyone to see a nutritionist once a year for preventative health; they’d save so much money in the long run! Plus, we would have a healthier and more health aware country. I didn’t understand the connection between what I ate and how I felt til college, imagine if kids understood this while still very young.
“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.” ~Unknown
This may, or may not, be an appropriate quote to share with kids. But, it does hold a bit of truth in it, not entirely, but a bit. You can certainly eat healthy for cheap, but it’s not always going to be a quick meal. An exception to healthy eating being quick would be eating a piece of fruit or raw veggies, like a salad. The most truth from this quote comes from the quote referring to unhealthy food as fake. Healthy food is real and whole; wouldn’t you rather be and feel real and whole than fake?
“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” ~Astrid Alauda
This healthy eating quote is so important. Teach it to your children, especially older children to help with their self esteem and to help them eat better. This is another one I’d highly recommend printing off and taping to your fridge.
“Even in this high-tech age, the low-tech plant continues to be the key to nutrition and health.” ~Jack Weatherford
So simple, maybe that’s why so many people miss it. Everyone’s always looking for the next best thing, we on’t even realize that it’s the simple things that are usually the best for us!
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~Robert Urich
And, they don’t just mean this about what you eat! Teach your children not only to eat well to feel well, but also to be beautiful on the inside by being kind and compassionate.
“Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high.” ~Anne M. Mulcahy
THIS!! This is so important and far too often overlooked. I still remember how shocked I was when my oldest daughters first doctor told us that she could eat anything and emphasized that she should eat meat! He wanted me to feed my precious baby girl, who’s only ever had breast milk, water, and freshly made home made baby food; rotting carcasses of animals, no thanks. If only it were a requirement, or at least covered by health insurance, to go to a nutritionist or at least provide new parents with a free child nutrition class.
“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.” ~Socrates
As good as some foods are, always remember that you are not living on this Earth to simply consume. We consume food to give us energy, heal us, and keep us alive!
“Came from a plant, eat it; was made in a plant, don’t.” ~Michael Pollan
I love this quote, it just makes so much sense and should be easy for kids to remember, too. If it came from a plant then it’s good for them, and us, to eat; if it looks like it was processed, or has an ingredient list that our children can’t read some of the ingredients, then just don’t bother with it.
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.“ ~La Rochefoucald
Anyone can eat, and we all need to. But, this quote shows that it can take some time and effort to eat to the best of our abilities, to promote healing the body instead of harming it. Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. The easiest way to ensure eating well is by meal planning.
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“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” ~Chinese Proverb
This proverb is basically telling us to not just take medicine to get better, but to change our diet in a way that we stop getting sick. I bet the pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t appreciate this proverb!
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
This quote let’s us know that what we eat can determine who/what we are. Kind of like the quote ‘you are what you eat’.
“Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.” ~Unknown
Such a great quote, and so true! You can replenish your fluids with water and keep yourself hydrated and beautiful, or eat fresh fruits and veggies to help you feel your best and feel nourished.
“There is nothing unhealthy about educating youngsters about nutrition.” ~Pierre Dukan
Who wouldn’t agree with this quote? Kids love to learn, why not teach them about what they should and shouldn’t put in their mouths (other than to not eat money, bouncy balls, or other small objects they find on the ground). I do this without even realizing it anymore; my daughters enjoy watching health documentaries with me, and my 6 year old can tell you what fruits you should eat (or vitamin) if you want to boost your immune system. She’ll also tell you the healthiest drink you can have is water, maybe a home made smoothie…
“Health is a relationship between you and your body” ~Terri Guillemets
And, you should never forget it! Treat your body well with the right foods and it’ll treat you well, helping you to live a long and healthy life.
“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!” ~Bernard Jensen
There are some health conditions where you need certain medications to get better, but for the most part and for the more chronic diseases; the best thing you can do is eat better and provide your body with proper nutrition. Anyone who has watched a health documentary, including my 6 year old, can tell you that.
“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” ~Josh Billings
How true is that? It’s like when we were teenagers and could eat anything we wanted and not see a difference in our body. But, after we have kids, or get past our mid 20’s, if we don’t eat well we can tell with our energy levels and how we feel after eating.
“Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.” ~Unknown
Well, that’s one way to think of it.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” ~Proverb
This is probably the first quote, or proverb, I’ve ever heard about food. For the most part it’s true, and if you interpret the apple as simply eating healthy, then yes, completely true. However, some people shouldn’t have apples, such as some people who have IBS or gut issues; if that’s you or your child, interpret this quote as eating healthy keeps the doctor away, not eating an apple.
“Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well.” ~Karen Sessions
Ha, I love this quote because it’s so true. Companies pay big bucks to make their food shelf-stable, and people want to make sure that they don’t buy expired food. But, the further away the expiration date, the more you should really take a look at the ingredient list. Teach this to your child before they even start worrying about their weight. It’s always best to teach kids to eat healthy from the get go, than to have to help a child lose weight once they’ve gone too far off a healthy path.
“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” ~Michael Pollan
I don’t have great grandparents anymore, my great-grandfather passed away about 2 years ago, but I’m pretty sure he’d be around 105 years old today if he were still alive. There weren’t all that many processed foods available when he was young, that’s the way food is supposed to be.
“Eating a high-nutrient diet actually makes you more satisfied with less food, and actually gives the ability to enjoy food more without overeating.” ~Joel Fuhrman
Did you know that many Americans are starving? Not from lack of food, but lack of nutrients coming from food, that’s why this quote makes so much sense. The more real food you eat, the more nutrients you get, and therefore your body is satisfied and not craving the next high calorie/high fat item you come across. Your body is able to tell when you’re full and helps you stop eating when you are, unlike eating fast food, or other highly processed ‘food’.
“Healthy eating is a way of life, so it’s important to establish routines that are simple, realistically, and ultimately livable.” ~Arthur Agatston
This is true, that’s why fad diets don’t help you lose weight, or they do but then you gain more weight back when you stop them. You can start slow with eating healthy if your diet isn’t the best, too. That way you’re more likely to keep it up. Start by adding more fruits and veggies into your diet. Don’t consider ‘unhealthy’ food in your diet, and never try removing certain foods completely. Just keep adding more healthy food into your diet until there’s no more room for the unhealthy ones.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
Seriously, it is. They haven’t developed a way to transfer ‘you’ to another body, yet. (At least not fully or successfully 100% of the time.) So, treat you body kind by providing it with the right foods!
“Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…” ~Anonymous
It would be, and that’s totally OK! I know, I keep saying that health insurance should cover nutrition counseling, but what better way to prevent illnesses and disease than to be informed about how we should eat. Maybe we get health education in high school, but really, what teenager actually pays attention to what they tell you to eat in school? Things would be a bit different if a professional in the field of nutrition told you what you should be eating to feel your best and stay healthy.
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~William Shakespeare
This quote is beautiful, but that’s to be expected, it’s Shakespeare. Oh, how I miss my Shakespeare class from college. What he’s saying is that keeping our bodies beautiful on the inside takes will power and dedication, it’s not always easy, but totally worth it.
“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” ~Hannah Green
Health is feeling good, feeling alive, having the energy and stamina to not only get through life, but thrive! It’s not just not being sick. And, you can’t always tell if someone is healthy by the way they look; someone who looks healthy because they are thin could spend their days drinking soda and eating junk, while someone who may be a bit heavier could be very healthy and drink water and eat their greens. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.” ~Mike Adams
Believe it or not, and as hard as it is to hear; it’s true. So, eat healthy, feed your kids healthy food, and make sure you all exercise. My 3 year old decides to get her energy out by making me chase her around her sisters school when picking her up…
“Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.” ~Morgan Spurlock
‘End of Story’. Just do it, eventually you’ll start to even enjoy it.
“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgement.” ~Steve Maraboli
This is important, not only for us, but for our daughters, as well. When I was younger I thought the goal for being attractive was to be skinny and to always stay skinny; that’s not true at all. Eat well and exercise. Being fit, feeling well, and having self-love is so much more attractive than being skinny.
“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Rashaski · Zen Proverb
This proverb is all about focusing on one thing at a time. Slow down, appreciate the food you’re eating, don’t rush. Don’t eat just to eat, eat to enjoy the food, the company, and all that the food can do for your body.
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