Food Is Just Fuel. I don't agree with this.
By Jeff Millet
If i had a dollar for every time i heard someone say
"its calories in vs calories out... right"?
,I could buy a new triathlon bike.
Yes, calories are one factor in your nutrition.
When it comes to nutrition, there is not one perfect plan for everyone.
If there was, we would have one book about how and what to eat to be healthy.
But nutrition is much more complex than this.
It is very unique to each individual. There is no one size fits all plan.
For instance, I can eat some dairy and it won't bother my stomach.
My wife on the other hand will get a stomach ache if she has it.
The opposite is true for us, when it comes to wheat. She can handle it, me not so much.
That is why there are so many diets, and differing opinions on nutrition.
If anyone tries to sell you on a specific diet, that is the end all be all, don't jump right in and believe everything they say.
It may be the perfect diet for them, but may or may not be for you.
Now that being said, there are a lot of guidelines that one can use to be much healthier.
But the only way to find out what works for you, is to experiment and pay attention to how your body feels and performs, when you eat certain things, what times you eat, and how much you eat.
There are many different things that food is. Yes it is fuel, but there are many other things food is.
When looking at your nutrition plan, you must consider what food is to you, and what you are using it for.
Do you eat for performance, recovery, and energy?
Or do you eat, just to not die?
Here are some things that food is.
1. Energy (fuel)
Food is information for the body. It sends messages to the body.
It says, turn on or suppress this or that hormone.
Or, recover, store fat, clean up system, and go to work. (performance)
Food also tells a story about you.
Your heritage, background, and lifestyle.
It tells a story about where you are from, what you find important in life.
Do you value your body and what goes into it.
Or do you just put calories in and hope it works out.
If we just look at calories in calories out, we are neglecting all the things food is, other than calories.
Your body will think it still hungry until it gets the proper nutrients.
If you eat a food that is rich in nutrients, you will stop feeling super hungry all the time.
500 calories of cookies will give you calories, but 500 calories of mixed vegetables and almonds, for example, will also give your body vitamins and minerals it needs to perform at its peak and make you feel good.
I hope this article just helps you begin to look at food a little different.
Your food choices make a difference in how you live and feel on a daily basis.
Eat to feel and perform good, not just to stay alive.
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