Fueling the Machine
What is food? Most of us have heard that “food is fuel”. It’s the healthy way that we’re supposed to think about food. In a way it makes sense. Usually our bodies are compared to a high performance machine and food is our “fuel”. It’s what keeps us going.
“Food is fuel” can be tricky- It’s like owning a car and only taking care of the tires. You buy new ones; you keep them properly inflated, and rotate them on schedule. What about the rest of the car? You have multiple systems that need to run properly in order for the car to successfully operate.
Food is so much more complicated than being just “fuel”. Without getting too scientific, food is more or less the framework of your body. The quality of your food is the quality of your body. The food you consume provides macronutrients and micronutrients, which can all be broken down into sub-categories. Your body requires vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals for basic body functions. They are critical to the body’s performance. Obviously as we know, we need to consume a wide variety of quality foods to give our body the necessary tools to keep us going strong. Our food needs to help us with basic functions such as regulate blood pressure, assist in metabolism and digestion, support immune functions and bone health. In our society today, between energy drinks, frozen meals and fast food, we have lost the basic principles of fueling our body. A lot of the food we eat isn’t food at all. It’s made by companies, packaged, put in a box, bag or a can and advertised strategically.
Let’s face it-we all lead very busy lives. We are on the go more than ever. We are tired too! I think that if we stop reaching for that energy drink and take the time to eat a nutritious meal that will sustain us; we won’t need that sugar enriched concoction that leads us to a caffeine crash later on. Let’s get back to the basics of real food; fruits, vegetables, meats and such. Cut out processed junk. Eat more real foods and drink more water. We will feel better, sleep better, have more energy, clearer skin, and increased brain function. Eat to live not live to eat. Let today’s choices build a better body tomorrow!
Tips for Fueling Up:
For breakfast, try oatmeal with fresh berries or a veggie and egg scramble.
Lunch can consist of tuna or chicken on top of a fresh green salad.
Get creative with dinner and grill up some shrimp or beef kebabs and add your favorite veggies.