Food is fuel {exclusively}

Food is fuel {exclusively} – Should NOT be entertainment!

As we briefly touched on in our Zero Carbs post earlier this summer – food is fuel – and should be treated exclusively as such.

But do you ever wonder how food became so much a part of our “entertainment?”

Almost the same way gas stations used to be exclusively just gasoline and the associated pumps – now have fancy “mini-marts” complete with coffee shops, horrible processed food, and other garbage.

So what? You might ask.

Food, consumerism, and the lack of purpose

Back in the day – food was truly for survival. Especially when it was not easy to survive.

Many people, in fact, produced their own food. That was the lay of the land not too long ago in America. Especially before various “revolutions” that arrived.

But today’s industrialized, commercialized, commoditized world – “food” is not what it used to be.

Just walk into any supermarket – and open your eyes. 90% of the “food” sold there is packaged and has a shelf-life. None of that stuff is real food.

The only real food in supermarkets are meats, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. While we ONLY eat animal-based products these days (meat, egg, dairy), the raw foods are still 100x better than anything in a package.

Food these days is “easy” to come by – regardless if it is healthy or not. All you need is money – or a government subsidy, courtesy of other people.

But since almost no one plays a role in actually creating their own food – that plays a role in how and why people eat.

food is fuel if you think critically

Nothing else going on

Because of the “9 to 5” and the complete riddance of people cultivating their own food (plant or animal based), acquiring food (survival) is now a different story.

It depends highly on others. And those stores you buy them from.

People sit at desks or on laptops at Starbucks to earn their money to buy food that comes from somewhere else.

Sure there are some independent farmers still in existence. But down over 90% from just 100 years ago. Take a look at our “City vs. Urban Living” post to get some additional ideas.

Urban dwellers especially – have a potentially major problem on their hands if SHTF. All because they wanted a certain lifestyle.

But “restaurants” puzzle us the most

“Eating out” used to play a role in our lives.

Whether it was the “scene,” or the so-called “excitement” of trying a “new place” out. We’ve done it – and cannot deny it. I think many people can say the same for many circumstances in their lives before they become aware of what they are doing.

Going out to eat does provide some benefits (if you want to call them that).

  • Easy and convenient (no cleanup).
  • Fun (maybe new recipes or tastes you haven’t discovered).
  • Social (booze, bars, friends).
  • Family management (kill three hours with the kids outside).

But those are superficial reasons to justify the expenditure.

And it is profoundly amazing to see the worldwide proliferation of “restaurants” at this point. When fueling your life can be so much easier and without fanfare or expense.

Caveat: Families and gatherings

I will say, however, that food does have a way to “bring people together.” Think the Sunday Italian Supper.

And having a family dinner every night is probably a good thing – especially at home – WITHOUT THE SMARTPHONES! And preferably home-made, healthy food – not processed rubbish in a cardboard box and microwave.

That said, occasionally – a night out on the town does serve a purpose from time to time. But it shouldn’t be the norm the way it is today. We would have a fraction of restaurants if more people understood the value of preparing their own meals.

Eat simply – have more time to flourish

When eating zero carbs like we have – food is an afterthought and never the focus of your life.

Imagine eating a single hard-boiled egg in the morning, and not thinking about food until the next day? How much extra time would you have for other, more important things?

Or not even thinking about food until 4 pm – when you just eat a scoop of home-made chicken salad you prepared a day or two ago? And then get back to what you were doing?

That is an efficient way to live life. Not to spend it at some faux-fancy restaurant that uses substandard products with faux-marketing (“farm to table”) to get you to shell out $60 for a piece of meat you could have bought at Wegmans for $7.

While I do understand people like to have a purpose in life – and talking about restaurants with their friends and family might be one way to fulfill that void – we think there are better uses of your time and money.

But hardly anyone takes that important step to self-analyze anymore. They just go with the flow and do what they do. Not much you can do about it.

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