17 Healthy Eating Quotes to Keep You
Quotes are an excellent source of motivation and inspiration, especially when it comes to changing your
lifestyle habits. Below you'll find 17 great healthy eating quotes to remind you why the changes
you are making are so important.
"The trouble with always trying to preserve
the health of the body is that it is so
difficult to do without destroying the
health of the mind." - G.K. Chesterton
Do your healthy lifestyle changes seem overwhelming and stressful? If so, you may be trying to do too much, too
fast. Take it easy on yourself. Make positive changes, yes. But also remember that being healthy is about much more
than what you eat - it's about the way you live your life.
"One should eat to live, not
live to eat." - Moliere
We all love to eat, and many of us equate healthy eating with boring, tasteless meals. Thankfully it doesn't
have to be that way. It's very possible to eat foods you truly love while also improving your health and losing
weight. Experiment with healthy food options and find some healthy foods that you really enjoy eating.
"Eat right, exercise regularly,
die anyway." - Author Unknown
This humorous quote reminds us that maybe we don't have to take healthy eating quite so seriously. Yes, eating
healthy and exercising is important and may extend our longevity by quite a lot. More importantly, healthy
lifestyle habits help improve the quality of our lives so that we live more completely and passionately than we
would with poorer health.
"In order to change we must be sick and tired
of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer
Being sick and tired of being sick and tired is a great motivator in finally changing your eating habits for
good. When you see a clear correlation between what you eat and the state of your body, it's almost impossible to
keep going with destructive habits for long. Eventually you get so tired of feeling rotten that you'll do whatever
it takes to improve your habits and feel better.
"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good
for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult
than all the medicine and psychology in the
world." - Paul Dudley White
Eating right and exercising regularly does wonders not only for your body, but also for your mind. When you feel
good physically, you are happier. Many people seek happiness in pills and therapy - when positive lifestyle changes
could easily give them the sense of empowerment, strength, freedom and joy that they're really seeking.
"If you don't take care of yourself, the
undertaker will overtake that responsibility
for you." - Carrie Latet
Eventually we all reach a point where we cannot remain in denial about our unhealthy habits any longer. When you
truly understand that every destructive action has a severe consequence, you suddenly find the courage and
determination to change your habits for good.
"Nothing is more fatal to health than an
over care of it." - Benjamin Franklin
Have you ever started a new lifestyle improvement program and tried to change every little thing all at once?
Needless to say, this is an easy way to get overwhelmed fast and give up. Improving your health through diet and
exercise can be done one step at a time, one meal at a time. Don't try to be perfect - just keep doing your
"Those who have no time for healthy eating
will sooner or later have to find time
for illness." – Edward Stanley
Healthy eating is not just about maintaining a healthy weight - it affects your total state of well-being. Poor
lifestyle habits have been linked to endless numbers of diseases, many of which can be prevented by eating right
"Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a
wearisome malady." - François Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Another great quote about being a little more relaxed and flexible about your healthy eating program. You'll be
much more likely to stick to your new healthy habits if you take a gentle, gradual approach.
"You don't get ulcers from what you eat.
You get them from what's eating you."
- Vicki Baum
Stress is a major cause of poor health and contributes to the formation of excess body weight, especially in the
abdomen. While improving the quality of your diet is still a good idea, keep in mind that the thoughts you think
also have a powerful effect on your body. While you're taking care to put healthy foods in your body, also take
care to put healthy thoughts in your head.
"To avoid sickness eat less;
to prolong life worry less."
- Chu Hui Weng
Our modern world has become obsessed with huge portions; have you noticed that? Eating less is one of the
easiest ways to start losing weight and improving your health. That doesn't mean you have to starve - just don't
stuff yourself to the gills when you eat a meal or snack! Take less than half of the amount of food you think you
can eat, and you may be surprised to realize that you feel completely satisfied. Not stuffed, but no longer hungry
either. Oh, and put your mind on the same reducing diet when it comes to worry and negativity. Talk about feeling
lighter inside and out!
"The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we
therefore take care of our house so that it
doesn't fall into ruin?" - Philo
Many of us start health plans because we want to look better. We focus on being able to wear a certain size
clothing, or see a special number when we step on the scale. There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but
sometimes looking a little deeper can help us stay committed to our new healthy habits. Taking good care of our
bodies also helps us live richer, more meaningful, and even more spiritual lives.
"He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes
the skill of his doctors." - Chinese Proverb
The world is full of people who are taking dozens of medications unnecessarily. Oh, the medicine is definitely
necessary to manage their health conditions - except that many of those conditions would disappear if the people
would simply change their habits. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, sleep apnea, heart
disease - many of these ailments are directly related to obesity and resolve themselves with a change in lifestyle
"I tell my retreat students that they need to
remember two things: to eat what they want when
they're hungry and to feel what they feel when
they're not." - Geneen Roth
Emotional eating is a huge problem for many people who are overweight. Following a traditional diet for these
people may not be enough because they are in the habit of "stuffing their feelings". If this resonates with you,
start exploring ways you can better express your feelings rather than trying to smother them with food. If
necessary, seek out a qualified therapist who can help guide you.
"Health and cheerfulness naturally beget
each other." - Joseph Addison
When you have a positive attitude, taking good care of your health becomes much easier. And when you feel good
physically, being cheerful is also much easier. It's all connected.
"The wise man should consider that health is
the greatest of human blessings. Let food
be your medicine." – Hippocrates
As previously mentioned, food really can be a form of medicine, bringing the body back into balance and clearing
health problems. If you want to turn this insight into an art, start researching the power of nutrition in health
and healing and apply what you learn in your own life.
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you
what you are." - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
You are what you eat! That doesn't mean you'll turn into a cheeseburger if you eat too many of them. But it does
mean that your body will reflect the QUALITY of the foods you eat most often. Eat a lot of junk food, and your body
will feel and look junky. Eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients, and your body will glow with vibrant