The article below is by my friend Cory Sims from iGO Fitness. I thought he did a great job explaining how important it is that you are spending your hard earned dollars on good food. Cory is a great personal trainer that comes to your home. Make sure to check out his website!
Use It or Lose It – By Cory Sims
I’ve never heard anyone complain about having too much money. I’ve never seen anyone agonize over how they were going to spend that cool million they’d spent the past decade accumulating. I have heard the phrase “more money, more problems” but I feel that “no money, more problems” presents a more desperate situation.
People generally don’t complain that they have too much money because there’s a value associated with having it. For some it represents power, for others security or opportunity. Again, having money isn’t linked to being limited or at a disadvantage. Although we give them a negative connotation these days, calories work in essentially the same way. Think of them as your body’s currency.
You can’t exactly consume calories in cash form so you have to convert your dollars (pounds, euros, yen) into an edible food source. Once this transaction happens however, we forget the cash value associated with our purchase. Would you hop on a $1 airplane? Would you send your children to a university that boasted a tuition of only 3 easy payments of $19.99? Why then is the dollar menu so appealing? You should ask yourself why one fast-food chain can charge you $.32 for beef when a grocery store charges quadruple that price per pound. Now, more expensive doesn’t always equal better but in most situations you get what you pay for. (There are always methods of getting deals on quality products, but that’s another conversation for another time).
Money makes us think proactively while calories make us think reactively. For example, we spend, invest and grow money. We don’t often come into a large sum of money and think “Now how quickly can I waste this?” When it comes to calories the language is full of guilt and remorse. We try to lose, restrict and cut calories. We need to turn that mentality on its head. We need to stop feeling guilty for eating or wanting to eat. (First of all we’re fortunate enough to have food but, again, that’s another conversation). Calories aren’t evil. Money isn’t evil either. It’s all about what type of calories/money you have, and how you apply them/it.
Start seeing calories for what they truly are, currency. If you had $100K in $100 bills you would have a package that was tight, portable and usable. If you had the same amount and converted it into pennies it would be hard to carry, practically ineffective and, rather wasteful. Your body is the same way. We all want a mobile, agile, and usable body. How do we reconcile that with our desire to eat? By viewing food as an investment, instead of a tax penalty.
Instead of regretting eating something awful and then trying to pay penance–be proactive. Think, “I need to prepare my body for activity, what should I fuel it with?” Consider yourself using calories as opposed to losing calories. Skimping on meals to make progress is like trying to save gas by riding around with an empty tank. Sure you won’t pay at the pump but your car won’t go anywhere either.
Capitalize on the energy you gain from each meal. Put those calories to work. Plan accordingly. Going to the grocery store is a lot different from a weekend getaway to Vegas. You bring a different wallet to each of those destinations. Walking two miles is different from climbing rocks. Fuel yourself based upon what you expect to burn, don’t try to burn what you think you consumed (you’ll likely overestimate the former and underestimate the latter). Start looking at food like opportunity. The chance to run, swim, hike, bike, sprint, jump, be active. The chance to do more, go farther, move furniture, move mountains. Food isn’t something you should be ashamed of. Food is the reason we’re able to make rational decisions and open doors. It’s the reason we can form sentences and businesses. Food is money, invest it wisely, share the wealth and like poppa always said, don’t spend it all in one place. Think about that before you put something in your mouth. How will you use it? How far will it get you? What are you going to do next? What are you fueling?