The Purpose of Food
today at 12:29 pm
Growing up I was not taught the purpose of food. As a young person my diet consisted of cereal loaded with sugar, processed meats, candy, and fast foods. The purpose of food is to provide fuel for our bodies and to keep us alive. Food provides nutrients to our bodies. When we eat healthy, food can help us function at an optimal level. We should make health benefits the primary reason for the food we choose instead of choosing food based on how it makes us feel. I occasionally enjoy a warm cookie and ice cream. I realize when I consume this food it does not provide health benefits. It taste good and gives me happy feelings; however, I cannot eat it on a regular basis.
There is a quote from Minister Myles Munroe that says, “When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.” He explained that abuse is abnormal use. This quote holds true for food. If we do not understand the purpose of food, we will not maximize the benefits food can offer us. I am not saying that you cannot consume an occasional snack or treat. Food should not be used to provide emotional support, deal with stress, or provide comfort in uncomfortable situations. That is not the purpose of food.
Review the food that you consume. What health benefits does the food you eat offer you? Are you consuming vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and protein? Each food group has benefits for your body. For example, protein plays an important role in processing fuel for energy and carrying oxygen throughout your body. Protein helps create muscle tissue and antibodies that assist in fighting off infections and illnesses and helps cells stay healthy. Foods with protein include meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, nuts, and seeds. Most vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole grains assist with digestion and helps to lower blood sugar and insulin. Fruit contains fiber which can assist with lowering cholesterol and encourage regular bowel movements. You should try to eat mostly God-made food instead of man-made food.
Consider your relationship with food. Are you using food for its purpose? It is okay to realize you need to adjust the food you consume.