Food as fuel. Now there’s a unique concept. Most of us think food is for comfort, conversation, or consoling. We use food as a basis for social interaction. Our church has a picnic almost every month. I enjoy the time of fellowship while we eat. Eating is the primary reason to get together. I doubt we could get many people to come to the fellowship center for a chat after the service. It’s the food and fun that we enjoy and expect.
We rush out after church to eat at a local restaurant. Sometimes we meet others for lunch and chat. There is something about food along with conversation. It’s comforting.
Rather than to satisfy cravings, the true purpose of food is to nourish your organs, energize your body, and benefit your health. Yet how many think of food in those terms? I don’t remember if I have ever said, “Let’s go to Zaxby’s to nourish our organs and energize our bodies.” We don’t think in those terms.
The only real reason we eat is to nourish our bodies. Our bodies need nourishment about every four hours. Food supplies the necessary ingredients to feed the vital organs and the cells with energy for use and for growth. We all know how important eating is and how healthy eating helps. We just don’t think in those terms.
If we did think in those terms, we might think more about what we ate. Does this apple fritter fuel my body and feed needed nutrients to my cells? We think: I want an apple fritter because they are so good. Instead of thinking about how this will help our bodies, we think about what we want to eat, or what we like to eat regardless of our body’s reaction to the food.
I probably won’t think “fuel” when I eat. I wish I would or could. It would certainly help when I make a food choice. It just isn’t something I think about.