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Entry from October 15, 2020
“They say you are what you eat. That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning”

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), in the book Physiologie du Gout (1825), wrote “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” often interpreted as “you are what you eat.” This was figurative and not meant literally; one does not become an apple or a donut or a “skinny person” by eating such things. 

“They say ‘You are what you eat!’ That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “RT @fabs04: my mother always said u are what u eat i dont remember eating a sexy beast” was posted on Twitter by Farah Alhabshi on May 31, 2011.

“‘They say you are what you eat, but I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning’ #thingsmybabysays” was posted on Twitter by Haley Weaver on June 5, 2011. “They say you are what you eat… That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast for breakfast” was posted on Twitter by JMU Girl Problem on July 25, 2011."They say, ‘You are what you eat!’ That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning. http://some.ly/zhdQGc via @someecards” was posted on Twitter by Guitarz4me on January 25, 2012.


Wikiquote: Food
Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es. Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.
. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout (1825); tr. M. F. K. Fisher, The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy (1949)
. Variants:
..Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. Man is what he eats.
..Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, Die Naturwißensschaft und die Revolution [Natural science and the revolution] (1850), repeated in Das Geheimnis des Opfers, ober der Mensch ist was er ißt [The mystery of sacrifice, or man is what he eats] (1862)
..You are what you eat.
..Victor Lindlahr, You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet (1942)

Twitter
Farah Alhabshi
@faramenara
Whatttttt iiiiissss thattttttttt RT @fabs04: my mother always said u are what u eat i dont remember eating a sexy beast
8:10 AM · May 31, 2011·Echofon

Twitter
too sexy for you
@toosexyfor
You are what you eat? Well, I don’t remember eating a sexy beast <3
9:35 AM · May 31, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Quote Me
@BeautyLifeQuote
You are what you eat. Sorry, i don’t remember eating a sexy beast today wink
4:46 PM · May 31, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
jas
@jasmine__m
Mom: You are what you eat. Me: I dont remember eating a sexy beast wink HAHA
7:20 AM · Jun 1, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
TeamFollowBack™
@TeamFoIlovvBack
You are what you eat. That’s funny, I don’t remember eating a sexy beast…
6:02 PM · Jun 3, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
RASYA A.E RANGKUTI
@rasyarangkuti
RT @dannyizfly: You are what you eat. That’s funny, I don’t remember eating a sexy beast...”
6:06 PM · Jun 3, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

Twitter
Haley Weaver
@ShmaleyShmeaver
“they say you are what you eat, but I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning” #thingsmybabysays
7:43 PM · Jun 5, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jeske van de Gevel
@jeskevandegevel
@globalistus they say you are what you eat, but I don’t recall you eating a sexy beast this morning? Via @grouchyrabbit
5:00 AM · Jun 20, 2011·Hootsuite

Twitter
P Sherman 42
@Sydbear
They say you are what you eat...that’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning.
9:42 PM · Jun 24, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
JMU Girl Problem
@JMUgirlproblem
They say you are what you eat… That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast for breakfast.
12:20 PM · Jul 25, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Andrea Matute R.
@amatuter
@gabyhandal05 “they say you are what you eat but I don’t remember eating a sexy beast for breakfast”
1:25 AM · Aug 27, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Steven Stavrou
@Steven_Stavrou
They say you are what you eat, but I don’t remember eating a sexy beast for breakfastwink
@RossMitchelll @ThanasiBilis
3:14 AM · Aug 28, 2011·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Guitarz4me
@Guitarz4me
They say, ‘You are what you eat!’ That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast this morning. http://some.ly/zhdQGc via
@someecards
3:32 PM · Jan 25, 2012·Twitter for Websites

Twitter
Tammy Abraham
@tammyabraham
People say you are what you eat, thats funny cos i dont remember eating a sexy beast this morning.
3:14 PM · Apr 12, 2012·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Nov 1, 2013, 4:33:23 AM
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Bugnuts: They say you are what you eat...but I don’t remember eating a Sexy Beast. wink

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Alvin Richardson Sep 1, 2020 Comments
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Of course, the old saying is that you are what you eat but I don’t put much stock in that axiom because I can’t recall eating a sexy beast for breakfast this morning.

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/cinnafury03 October 15, 2020
They say you are what you eat…
That’s funny. I don’t remember eating a sexy beast for breakfast this morning.

Posted by Barry Popik
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