Put the correct fuel in your tank.

As you’ll find if you mix up the diesel and unleaded pumps, cars don’t work with the wrong fuel.

We kind of know this, just as we’re aware that babies aren’t likely to take to spare ribs, and should remember that you must never, ever give dogs macadamia nuts.

So why, if we’re this astute when it comes to the nutritional needs of cars, babies and dogs, do we seem to ignore that having a healthy diet is crucial to our own physical and mental wellbeing?

Why do we sometimes think it’s fine to shovel down unhealthy food without expecting to see an associated decline in our health and all-round happiness?

Of course there’s a lot of psychology surrounding what we eat and why.

It can get complicated.

But one thing that generally holds true is the principle adhered to by computer experts, among others: garbage in, garbage out.

You’ll have choices today about what you eat.

Try to make as many sensible ones as possible.

Your mind and body will thank you, even if your willpower gets a bit challenged.

8 thoughts on “Put the correct fuel in your tank.

  1. For people, say, recovering from restrictive eating disorders, eating junk food may be the most therapeutic thing on earth. It may represent a break from obsession. Horses for courses.

  2. You are so right, Jon, and I very much like your fuel analogy! I will try to remember it as I attempt to keep to my good food regime today.
    Thank you !

  3. Absolutely true. When I make healthy food choices in the works canteen, I feel lighter, more energetic and vibrant; when I choose junk food (normally if I’m stressed or feel a little bit fed up) I go for McDonald’s etc, and feel lethargic afterwards.

  4. I work with food choices a lot with my clients and have found over the years that its NOT actually about willpower. Once the addictive foods have been dealt with, the good choices come much more easily. Decoding food cravings can be particularly helpful – listen to what your body is trying to tell you rather than focusing too much on willpower!

  5. Hi,
    Like many, this resonates with me all too often, as the saying goes ‘you are what you eat ‘ and how true this is.
    I’m an emotional eater, and eat rubbish when I feel rubbish, and there the cycle begins! For me , I have to feel really bad until something clicks in my mind and says ‘ come on now, put something healthy back in that body please’ and then off I go on a health kick, until the next bout of stress hits 😏

  6. Like others above, I too eat when I’m stressed, eat when I am happy….eat when I’m sad….and only eat between meals!
    But seriously though, this is a great way of thinking about our relationship with food. I too, like the analogy….and…..Eat to live, not live to eat!

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