This week the Salty gals got going on whether it’s best to think of food as fuel or more holistically as food. So often we hear things like, “I can’t have that, it’s all carbs,” or we hear people refer to a post-run snack as ‘fuel’. Gotta have that protein ratio down! That’s my fat quota for the day. Bread and pasta is just carbs on carbs.
Do you prefer to think of food as “carbs”, “fat” and “protein,” or do you prefer to think of it as … well … food? Read on for an unedited backstage convo between some of the Saltines!
CATNIP: It’s not fuel, it’s food. I work with so many people who have feeding tubes and miss the pleasure of eating. You should enjoy your food, not just ingest stuff out of some obligation. Saying your snack or breakfast is fuel ignores the other purposes of food – social, pleasure, variety, texture.
BARLEY: Yes and no … when I started looking at food as fuel for my runs it got me to really look at what I was eating and be smarter about it which in turn helped my health and my running. That doesn’t mean I always look at it that way (I mean I still eat junk food, and drink alcohol). I can see how calling it fuel makes it seem like an obligation … but for some people, myself included, it wasn’t about forcing myself to eat, it just made me look at WHAT I was eating. Hey, I can’t expect that run to be fantastic if I ate shit before it.
CATNIP: But then how does that vary at a time when you’re not running? Is it food or fuel then? Does it affect the attitude toward eating?
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