It sounds so simple when you see the hashtag or hear the words.
Food is fuel.
Food allows us to get up in the morning. It allows us to have conversations with our friends, go shopping, and kill it in the gym.
When you’re working towards recovery, you learn that food is food. That you need it to survive.
But what happens when “eating to live” doesn’t seem like a good enough reason anymore?
Maybe you spend hours on the treadmill so you can eat cheesecake for dessert without feeling guilty.
Or maybe you go to the gym and walk on the stair master until you’ve burned a specific amount of calories equivalent to the burger you ate the night before.
It’s time to change your thinking.
Maybe you reverse the actions, and you eat so you can go for a run.
Or you eat so you can crush your leg day workout and still have energy left over to hang out with friends.
When you start to view food as fuel, it becomes easier to rationalize the concept of eating.
While I could go into the three macro nutrients and how they support muscle growth and the importance of also meeting your micro nutrient goals, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Food is fuel.
If you want to do well and feel good, your body needs food.
Food is responsible for repairing muscle tissue, cushioning your internal organs to prevent damage and, most simply, providing energy.
Looking at food as a fuel source for supplying energy also allows you to ENJOY your meals. Instead of eating just to eat because someone told you it would keep you alive, you can listen to your body and decide on your own terms what sounds good.
If you want chicken and rice, make some.
If you want to get sushi, go get it.
“Eat the damn red velvet cupcake.”
– Emma Stone
Your workouts will feel different.
Your energy levels will balance out, and your body will thank you.