Fueling to me is a physical necessity, a pure joy, and an individual philosophy all in itself. We all need food to work out or just live; and a lot of us have varying views on what “good eating” is. I focus on a plant-based, whole food diet, and try to eat organic. That being said, I love a juicy burger once and a while if it’s from ethically raised, hormone free meat. I like to incorporate a little bit of everything in moderation.
I went from eating artificially sweetened yogurt with a diet soda to completely eliminating artificial ingredients from my diet. One of my personal mottos was–and still is–“Life’s too short for vanillin.” If we are what we eat, I want to eat quality foods. Since then, I’ve come to change my gaze from eating all-natural to eating what makes me feel comfortable at the time being. When we’re happiest is when we’re healthiest.
I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I’m also not a meat-fanatic. My personal belief is to only eat meat for pleasure. I eat it when I’m in the mood for it, it’s properly prepared, and a choice cut that’s grass fed, cage free, sustainable, or wild.
As of February 2010, I’ve begun focusing on reducing/eliminating the gluten in my diet for a suspected gluten intolerance.
I eat first to fuel my hunger, second to fuel my appetite, and third to fuel my activities. But the most important thing of all is that I have fun fueling, and that’s what I want you to take away most. Be sure to enjoy food, love food, whatever your food philosophy may be.