Food: Life, Energy, & Medicine
Food is more than just calories. It’s a source of life, energy, and medicine, which is why every bite you take has important benefits for both your body and mind.
Food is more than just breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In many ways, food is life. Without food, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy all that the world has to offer.
Food serves as a large component of cultural and familial traditions that connect friends, family members, and communities. Recipes are often passed from one generation to the next, building unspoken bonds between people and helping create memories.
Food brings people together and can nourish the soul as much as the body.
Eating wholesome snacks is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. You should nourish your body between meals to give yourself a boost of energy and keep your blood sugar level stable. If you think of your body as a vehicle, it makes sense that you need to consistently fill it with fuel as you burn calories throughout the day.
"Never let your tank get on empty," said Dr. Dan Benardot, a researcher and professor of nutrition at Georgia State University. "It is very important to maintain normal blood sugar, and the best way to accomplish this is to eat every few hours."
Combinations of complex carbs and lean protein make for great snack options. Depending on your specific diet, whole grain crackers, low-fat cheese, fruit, and nuts are great resources for energy. If you’re always busy and on the go, make sure you pack healthy options in your bag or purse so you can be prepared when hunger strikes.
If you’re getting ready to hit the gym or go on a run, consider having a light snack with carbs in it before lacing up your sneakers. Your body quickly converts carbohydrates to glucose for energy. For a longer-lasting energy boost, eat protein along with carbs to slow down your absorption rate.
Food has healing properties that are often overlooked. On a very basic level, food prevents disease, maintains health, allows your body to function, and gives cells important information. Without food’s nutrition, our bodies wouldn’t receive the proper instructions on how to function.
According to Perspectives in Nutrition by Gordon Wardlaw and Paul Insel, “Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development, and maintenance of body functions.”
Diet impacts our health and plays a role in the development of disease and immunity issues. Treating food as medicine was once seen as a bohemian idea, but it has become a mainstream view in recent years due to findings from various studies and the rising obesity epidemic.
“There's no question people can take things a long way toward reversing diabetes, reversing hypertension, even preventing cancer by food choices,” said Dr. Daniel Nadeau, a physician and program director at a California diabetes clinic.
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