“Food is fuel.”
Technically, this is correct.
Food, at it’s bare minimum, is what allows us as human beings to function.
That doesn’t mean “food is fuel” is the be all end all.
Because food is fuel… but it is not only fuel.
Food functions beyond giving us energy for our daily activities and happenings.
It goes beyond the nutrients it provides for our bodies to do their magical and miraculous things.
It is more than carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
It goes further than providing for our basic needs.
Food is so much more.
Food gives way to experiencing the world, cultures, and lifestyles.
Food is a language we all speak, a common ground.
Food substitutes a time machine, allowing us to revisit the past in just a bite.
Food brings us together and creates community in the making, eating, and enjoying of it.
Food gives us something to look forward to. To reflect on. To bond over.
Food allows a creative outlet in the ability to experiment.
Food is healing because whether it is a cookie or a salad eating is self-care.
Food creates comfort in it’s familiarity, it’s warmth, it’s pleasantries.
Food is life-sustaining it, giving way to experience it, memories revolving around it, traditions upheld with it.
Food is a way to show our love, care, concern, and compassion whether homemade, store bought or takeout.
Food may be fuel… but it’s importance and abilities go far beyond that.
Food is fuel, but it is not only fuel.
How does food go beyond fuel for you? I’d love to hear what it means to you below!