I will always start off my Food as Fuel blogs reminding readers that I am not a nutritionist. I have a minor in human nutrition and I believe that the food we put into our bodies is a pillar of health. Because nutrition is so important to me, I read on this topic, so I share on this topic. I've had some struggles along the way and I'm always eager to learn more.
In today's society where social media allows for quick sharing of information, it is so hard to know what is real and what is not, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. To date, the only information that I trust on this topic is from the book "The China Study" written by PhD Colin Campbell and MD Thomas Campbell. After reading this book, my perspective changed 180 degrees. A lot of the information I share with you will be from this book, so if you want the whole story, I highly suggest you pick up a copy. The next one on my list that was recommended to me (by the same friend that recommended "The China Study") is "How Not to Die" (haha so blunt, I love it!), this may interest you as well, but I'm not there yet.
I'm not a foodie, but I love people who are. I admire people who get something different every time they go to the same restaurant. I applaud people who go to the grocery store to get all the exact ingredients from a recipe and spend hours in the kitchen concocting a scrumptious meal. This whole thing does not come naturally to me... When I discovered the #InstantPot I was like "where have you been my whole life!?" If it was up to me, I would have rice, beans and veg every night for dinner and I would be just dandy. Thankfully though, to my benefit, my boyfriend spices things up and I love his cooking.
People may say I'm quite boring when it comes to food, but to my defense its because when I see food, I see it as fuel and I really, from the bottom of my heart, just simply enjoy good fuel. Good fuel doesn't have to be boring... if you're someone who enjoys cooking, there are limitless ways and tons of recipes that you can add to your current repertoire.
My plan for the Food as Fuel category is to write about certain foods that, in my opinion:
A) We may want to consume more of, and B) Foods that we may want to consume less of. I purposely stay away from the word eliminate or avoid, because usually when people say don't do something, it makes us want to do it. So instead of saying something like "this week I will not eat chips", try changing your language to something more like "this week I will eat more sweet potatoes"... Positive self talk folks, this is a practice on its own.
I hope you enjoy this category <3