eat to live, not live to eat

eat to live, not live to eat

proverb Eat for nourishment, and not as a main source of pleasure. The expression discourages overeating. I used to feel bloated all the time, but I'm feeling better now that I eat to live, not live to eat.
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Eat to live, not live to eat.

Prov. Do not be gluttonous.; Eating should not be your favorite activity, but something you do to maintain your health. "Eat to live, not live to eat," was the doctor's advice to Gene, who was dangerously overweight.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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STEPHEN DIXON, Redcar We eat to live, not live to eat I HAVE followed the reports on the PS36,000 meal (Concern at PS36k town hall party - The Gazette 23.06.18) and would like to know what was on the menu, fish and chips in newspaper or caviar on gold plates.
Those smug people who proclaim that they "eat to live, not live to eat" are aliens, another species.
She has a word of advice that is true but invariably ignored by most people: "You eat to live, not live to eat."
Singh, a vegetarian, said the secret to achieve long life lies in his diet, that is to eat "a child's portion" and "to eat to live, not live to eat".
"Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat," he said.