Day 11: Two Purposes of Food
Friday, November 01, 2013
Great topic! There are two main purposes of food and as Linda Spangle says in her book, they are:
1. To fuel your body.
2. To appreciate flavors.
She suggest we measure your food intake against these guidelines. If we eat something that doesn't match either of these, there is a good chance you are eating emotionally.
So fuel is the priority. Like a car, we need to fuel up at regular intervals throughout the day. Some people eat 3 medium to large meals, and others choose to eat 5-6 smaller meals. I actually work both ways. Usually on weekends we have 2 larger meals with 1-2 smaller meals inbetween. (snacks!) The key is to make them healthy forms of fuel.
As far as enjoying the flavor of food, I have no problem with that! Lucky for me I like to eat fresh fruits and veggies, but unlucky for me, I also enjoy the flavor of some unhealthy choices as well. I know as I choose more healthy choices over unhealthy ones, I will learn to dislike most of the unhealthy choices.
I think anyone who has ever grown their own tomatoes understands this! I love a tomato still warm from the sun!
So for tomorrow, because today is almost over, I will track all my food and note the fuel vs. junk. I will make conscience decisions to eat mostly fuel.
And.. Just remember:
It's kind of funny, but I think it has more truth than not1
Happy Sparking, friends!