1. material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy
2. nutriment in solid form
3. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
Food has a specific purpose for the body. It is your fuel to get you through your day. It powers you through a tough workout. It gives you the energy you need to push through at work. And it is necessary for repair and replenishment of our cells, tissues, and muscles. And since this magical stuff is supposed to be fuel and give you energy, it should NOT make you sleepy, groggy, or give you the “ITIS!” Food should not zap you and make you wanna take a nap. It should get your engines revving!
There are foods that give you the “ITIS”…turkey, pizza, heavy pasta meals, steak and potatoes. This is not fuel. These types of food take a toll on digestion system. That is why you get sleepy. Digestion is hard work. And when you give it heavy foods or meals with large amounts of meat, digestion takes precedence over the rest of your body’s functions. Blood rushes to your belly to aid in digestion and it is steered away from the brain. That is the reason we get drowsy and need a nap.
Then there are foods that produce a “net gain”…meaning after the digestion, there is still nutrients left for energy. There are foods that are much easier to digest, and therefore requires less energy. The remaining nutrients are usable for other bodily functions…recovery, replenishment, healing old scars. Foods that offer a net gain are whole foods like fruits, veggies, and unprocessed whole grains. (And raw foods are even better.)
I can tell you from personal experience that the net gain idea does hold true. I gave up most meat this past summer and all animal products last October. My energy level shot through the roof and my fat levels significantly decreased. So really start to eat with this concept in mind…if you want to start seeing some real changes!