Food- flavour or fuel.
If you look food up in the dictionary it will be defined as- Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life. This got me thinking is food just about fuel? Where does flavour and taste come into play? Can we get a balance between the two and should you be bias towards one or the other?
Your body is essentially a complex machine that requires the right combination of fuels to keep it running at peak efficiency for your lifestyle. So should we be looking at what we are doing in our day then deciding on what we should be eating for those tasks? When looking at food as fuel you need to consider two things the amount of fuel (calories) and the types of fuel (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, sugar, vitamins and minerals.) All of which have a place in the diet, where a lot of people go wrong is with the percentages of these groups for their needs. This can be for many reasons from being given incorrect information about food, marketing by food groups, companies pushing fad diets, and having things added to food that you thought were ok.
Eating is something that we all do and we can’t survive without doing it, so why not enjoy the process. We are lucky enough to live in a world where there is a large variety of foods, flavours, and combinations textures and exploring these should be a pleasurable task that can be experienced with every meal. However we are told more and more that certain foods are bad for us and that we shouldn’t eat too much of that. So where do we draw the line between healthy and flavour or is there a happy medium? Or can it be both?
We’ll be providing you with information and recipes so you’ll be able to make educated decisions on what it is you should be eating to get the most out of you and how it can taste nice at the same time.
Written by Coach Phil