Food is one of those things that has one purpose, but is used for thousands of other different things. Communication, heartache, family time, ascetic appeal, worship, sickness, health, confidence, nostalgia, familiarity, homesickness, the list goes on. Food is something that cannot be separated from any persons life, it is a constant that has evolved with our species through thousands of years. So it’s understandable that we take advantage of the satisfaction food gives us and start exploiting it in other mediums. Perhaps it is having a sugar filled yummy cake to celebrate your birthday, going to a place that serves high quality food on a date, eating lots of snacks at the movies, or all coming together for a meal during thanksgiving. Over the years we have warped the reality of what food truly is; fuel for our bodies to function. Nothing more.
While some of these are necessary, as we are social animals and the easiest thing to gather and bond around is food, they do not have to be an excuse for you to eat shitty food. Eat whole food, or don’t eat it at all. We are huge proponents of both the Paleo and Keto ways of eating (we’ll do a post on which is better later), but the cut and dry of our philosophy on food is that we believe food is something that shouldn’t be thought about too much. We have so many other things to think about that can make us more insightful people, that thinking about food all day is really just slowing us down.
That’s why Mac and I eat whole foods, with a lower carb intake and high fat intake. Currently we take advantage of a state called ketosis, which is where our bodies have switched over from utilizing glucose for energy to utilizing fatty acids, specifically ketone bodies, for fuel. Eating this way, I feel full longer, have steady energy throughout the days, and can go long periods of time without eating if needed (a huge advantage if you need to work past that lunch hour or stay focused for classes during the day).
Ketosis also is very effective at oxidizing and burning off body fat, which is great if you want to look lean and athletic.
At the end of the day, even if you never utilize the ketogenic diet to fuel your body, we implore you to try cutting out wheat, gluten, sugar, and other processed foods and begin eating a diet of whole foods that you cook yourself most of the time. It’s a lot more effective and fulfilling for your health goals than any benefit you could get from driving through that Wendy’s on the way home from work.