Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve had a handful of people comment on the name along with the content. At first I found it kind of funny that people commented on the name of my blog, after all, isn’t it the content that counts?
I’ll be honest, I may have done a little dance in my head when I thought of this blog name last fall. It’s nothing ground breaking, but I knew it was a keeper and purchased the domain name months before I even started blogging, lest someone else think of it too. I was actually shocked that it wasn’t in use yet. But truthfully, aside from including two of my passions, food and training, I never thought of it as a particularly inspirational or motivational phrase. Sickeningly clever? Yes. Inspirational, not so much. 🙂
But recently I got a few blog-name-specific compliments, and then I saw this little nugget. Mya really hit the nail right on the head here. Just as I apparently gave her a little bit of an Ah-HA! moment, she’s given me one as well. So I thought I’d take today to talk about what “I Train Therefore I Eat” really means for me personally, and what it can mean for all of you.
Why not “I Eat Therefore I Train”?
Because for me, that denotes a sense of “well I ate this much, now I have to work this much to negate it”. And I don’t find that to be a healthy mind set. (One of my biggest complaints about women’s magazines is when they tell you how many stairs you have to climb to work off that doughnut. It doesn’t work like that)
To me, I Train Therefore I Eat describes the idea that the food we eat is fuel for our training, for our lives. It’s not something that necessarily needs to be counted meticulously, in order to “work it off” later, but rather nutrients and energy that our body needs to perform optimally. The other component to this is that while food is extremely important, it’s not enough to just eat right and forget the rest (a set-it-and-forget-it kind of approach). Food and training (whatever that means to you) go hand in hand in my opinion, and are both essential to keeping you as healthy as you can be.
How does this apply to me personally?
I spent a good portion of my late teens/early adulthood using exercise (and other, much less healthy practices) to negate my unhealthy eating habits. I also used “health” foods, such as low-calorie and low-fat substitutions to negate my other unhealthy food choices. Meanwhile, I was denying my body the nutrients it needed to actually reach that healthy state I was striving for. Once I started viewing food as fuel for my body, instead of something I was constantly working against, I was able to use it to my advantage when it came to exercise and training.
How can you apply this to your life?
It’s not as simple as “realize that food is fuel”, because if it were that easy, there wouldn’t be lines at the McDonalds near my house at 10pm on a Tuesday. It’s a process, and it takes time. Figure out what fuel works best for your body. Figure out what makes you feel the best while you’re training, whether that be in the weight room or on the track. And “training” doesn’t have to be just working out when we’re thinking of it this way. (We’re training for life here, people!) Your body needs proper fuel just to function well in your daily life. It’s not just your muscles that need fuel, but your organs, your skin, your bones, your brain.
Bottom line: Food is fuel for optimal health. Stop viewing it as something to “work off later”, and see it as something to help what you’re doing later. Get you thorough that next lift. Get you through the end of your next 5k. Give you the energy to make it through a 10 hour work day. Whatever it is your body needs to do, use food as the fuel to allow it to do so.
Do you ever get comments on the name of your blog, rather than the content? Do you use exercise as an excuse to eat certain foods?