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Is it really true that you are what you eat?


by Carolyn Burris

Is it really true that you are what you eat?

If you have had a nutritional consultation at Forum Health Knoxville, then you already know my answer to this question. Yes, you definitely are what you eat. The food you put into your mouth has a direct effect on how you feel!

Empty foods such as candy bars, white bread and the ever popular diet soda have no health benefits and offer nothing but trouble to your body. Aim to fill your diet with superfoods such as blueberries, broccoli, dark chocolate, beans and avocadoes. These foods offer an abundance of health benefits including boosting the immune system, searching out and ridding the body of free radicals, and also preventing skin cancer.

Enjoy your favorite veggies with this Cajun guacamole dip.



Ingredients :

  • 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 4 ripe, Fresh California Avocados
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup small cherry tomatoes (cut in halves or quarters, if large)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. chopped, fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 of that amount of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper


  1. Set aside a small amount of the diced red peppers for garnish.
  2. Coarsely mash (DO NOT PUREE) avocados; stir in lemon juice.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with reserved tomatoes and serve.

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Carolyn Burris, an east Tennessee native, earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for helping those with nutritional needs brought her to Forum Health Knoxville. Carolyn particularly loves encouraging those struggling with food intolerance, obesity, fibromyalgia, and fatigue.