Food is fuel.
You are what you eat.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
There are a number of sayings centered around food and although they are often created with the intention of motivating someone to live their best life, they can make people obsess about food in a destructive way.
Many people grow up with an understanding that the food consumed is directly related to the quality of life maintained. School preaches the importance of fruits, vegetables, and protein on their lunch menu. Grandma foreshadows the consequences of pre-dinner treats. Mom throws herself between her children and late-night caffeinated beverage choices like a bomb squad leader protecting her team from a potential roadside IED.
Growing up with an understanding of what foods and habits lead to a healthy lifestyle gives youth a tremendous advantage as they enter adulthood, a time that’s filled with an enormous amount of daily food choices and temptations and no one insisting the healthiest choice be made. Having a foundation of wellness, regardless of how minimal, encourages the scaffolding of a healthy life to stand.
What isn’t discussed often enough is the need for balance.