Food as Fuel

In the classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones’ ex-sweetheart Marion (played by Karen Allen) observes “You’re not the man I knew ten years ago.”

Indy (Harrison Ford) replies with the great comeback, “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.”

At the risk of contradicting Dr. Jones, when it comes to our bodies, it’s not only the mileage—it’s the fuel that’s being pumped into our “tanks.”

As any mechanic will tell you, powering a car with an improper fuel mix can cause its engine to run rough, accelerate poorly, and stall out. Over time, fuel injectors become clogged and consequently, your vehicle won’t travel as far on a tank of gas. Eventually, major repairs are required, or you are forced to junk the car.

The difference between a car and a human being is that you cannot trade in your old body for a shiny new model when it breaks down or the medical bills pile up. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your diet includes plenty of whole, plant-based foods—the high octane fuel guaranteed to keep your engine purring at top gear throughout its life.

As numerous medical studies have proven, eating a diet rich in unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains helps lower bad cholesterol, unclog your arteries, and stabilize your blood sugar. Most people find that after several months of healthy plant-based eating, they have more energy, fewer aches and pains, and have dropped a significant amount of weight. While a spare tire and large trunk might be ideal for a car, you can live happily without them. It’s about eating better (and delicious!), not less.

So, treat your body like the Rolls Royce that it is, not like a worn-out old jalopy. A whole food, plant-based lifestyle can help you achieve many more spins of the odometer while living your best life.

Contributing Writer: John Gagliardi

John Gagliardi has spent almost his entire career writing, editing, and managing content for some of the world’s best known retailers, catalogers, and websites. He has also actively supported numerous non-profit organizations through his work with the Taproot Foundation, a volunteer organization that provides pro bono marketing services to NPOs. A competitive runner and triathlete, after transitioning to a mostly whole food plant-based lifestyle, John was amazed to find that he could train harder, recover more quickly, and need far less pain medication. His goal is to educate and inspire as many people as possible to lead longer, happier lives through healthy eating. When not working or training, he can usually be found in his kitchen experimenting with a new plant-based recipe. He has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising Journalism from Northern Illinois University and a Masters degree in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.