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Food is Fuel

Derek Maxfield

There is a reason why a Mercedes requires super unleaded gas in its engine.   A car of that superiority must be treated and “fed” with nothing but the best.  In order for it to last a long time and for it to perform to its capacity, only the best gas can be used to fuel it.  So why should our bodies be any different?

                In order to live a long, healthy life, we need to treat our bodies like a Mercedes.  Scheduling a visit to the mechanic (doctor) on a regular basis, take it on the highway to keep the engine warm (exercising), and fill it with high quality gasoline (healthy food).

                There is a saying that I have always referenced:  “You are what you eat”.  It’s really true; the food that you eat day in and day out directly affects your energy levels, health of your organs, your ability to fight off illness and in the long run, how long you will live.  Generally, folks who consume more processed foods, eat out often, and have diets rich in heavy fats and sugars, develop health issues and suffer from chronic disease more so than folks who consume a healthy diet.

                To relate this to the analogy of this article:  cars that don’t get their oil change on time, get treated negatively, and aren’t maintained generally need more work done more often and don’t last as many miles as cars that are taken care of.  Just as cars require numerous oils, fluids, etc.; the body requires numerous amounts of nutrients.  The abundance of vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts provide all the funky maintenance “fluids” your body needs to function properly and stay healthy for the long run.  As I preach to my clients, life is a marathon, not a sprint.  To perform well in the marathon, proper fuel is needed.

                Taking some extra time to make sure you’re gaining the proper knowledge of what to eat can really pay off.  A few extra minutes of preparation per week for healthy meals can save you from those waiting rooms in the doctor’s office and pharmacy.  Dedicating a few hours a week to exercise, in the way you enjoy most, can help your body run better each day (no pun intended).  There are a lot of avenues to venture down to gain the education necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.  You can hire a fitness professional, join a gym or weight loss organization, invest in some reading material from the library or book store, or simply Google countless articles on health.

                As we all may know too, those cars that require more trips to the mechanic and develop more problems, ultimately cost more money.  The tough part about developing chronic health conditions and acquiring illnesses is that it could hit you in the pocket as well as your health.  Frequent visits to the doctor and prescriptions can add up quickly along with increase your insurance premiums.

                Having quality knowledge of what to eat and the discipline to adhere to those practices can really have a positive effect on your body, both inside and out.  It can end up saving you in how you function and in the wallet.  Putting nutritious “fuel” in your body will help you last a lot of miles and never develop a quality relationship with your doctor…