Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Food as Fuel

I wrote this post a few weeks ago but accidentally never published it.  It's still as relevant as it was then - if not more.

Do you think about what you eat?  I mean, really think about it?  Think about what that food can do and will do for your body?  I don't - or didn't until now.  

I've had a love-hate relationship with food as long as I can remember.  I love to eat - but I hate myself after.  Even when I don't indulge I feel guilty about it. My weight has consumed me most of my life I struggle with seeing food as a positive when it comes to my body. This, despite the fact that I could recite the definition of a calorie in my sleep - 'heat value of energy or fuel value of food' (see Dad, I told you I'd use my Biology degree eventually!). I've never been able to relate this textbook definition to my real life.

I've always just thought of food it as fueling my problem - not solving it.As far as I have come in the past 10 years I still have a long way to go.  In the few weeks that I've been working on changing my lifestyle I've made quite a few revelations about my views and habits - and how those things are going to need to change. For instance less than 10 minutes into the my first workout it became very clear that starving myself to make the numbers on the scale go down wasn't going to work this time. You literally cannot do a workout like I've been doing if you don't put good food - good fuel - into your body. 

So alert the Fire Department because as soon as I finish this post I'm placing my order on Retail Relay to ensure I have healthy, fresh, local food in the house and digging into my "Clean Eating" magazine to learn some healthy, energy-rich meals for myself.  Don't laugh - I can cook...or at least I hope I can!

1 comment:

  1. This is something I need to focus on more .... if we eat for fuel we will make better choices !