Building Community Through Better Relationships

Images Are What You Eat

The old saying, “you are what you eat” is wrong! When I was in college, a popular eatery had a large cartoon mural featuring a bubbly, curvaceous woman ordering a macho burrito with extra cheese, sour cream, gobs of guacamole and a Diet Coke. The mural captured the image that many of us wanted: being physically desirable and still eating whatever we want as long as we balance it in our minds. Regretfully, the image distorted reality.

The irony of that image is that many years later I am still digesting it. What other images are eaten that people continue to digest? Scary movies give some people nightmares. I am one of them. Thinking about some of them still scares me. How about political or religious bickering? Whether presented through the media, over coffee, or at a business gathering, the issues are far too often deeply fried prejudices wrapped in a thin tortilla of logic. Even watching erotically suggestive images can cause mental flabbiness.

Similar to what we eat, the images that we intake turn into who we are. One mean-spirited argument, or one stand of moral superiority is never enough. Once I defend my position on the evils of human trafficking, I am now ready for a second helping to criticize your immoral support of interracial relationships. Are my opinions formed from researched sociological analysis or the latest rant from “Real Housewives of a Land Far, Far Away”?

Ultimately, beware of the images that you ingest. Much like too many pizzas are easily visible on your waistline, fixation on watching sports, detective shows or reality TV is quickly reflected in your world view. Everyone else is now a cheater, a suspect, or an adulterer. Alternatively, a healthy diet of news, literature and entertainment nourishes a foundation of intelligence and current culture. The images that we ingest, whether visually or in conversation, reflects our individual functionality. Only repeating news or opinions from your crazy cousin, or noxious neighbor will always reflect poorly on your character. Who really wants to demonstrate themselves as poorly informed, flat-out wrong, or a simple idiot?

As we get older it gets harder to distance ourselves from prejudices and ugly images that accumulate over the years. The weight of those images cling to our bodies like intellectual cellulite. So, be intentional in ingesting positive images, honest analysis and encouraging words. Healthy images will process into healthy behaviors and perceptions. These good choices are ultimately reflected in your reputation and integrity. In the adult world which values these characteristics, the importance of eating positive images is essential for success!

By Glenn W Hunter


July 3, 2013 - Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , ,


  1. Well said Mr. Hunter. Outstanding words of wisdom!

    Comment by Daniel Parker | July 3, 2013 | Reply

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