Without getting into the nitty-gritty intricacies of nutrition, it's important to understand food on its most basic level. Why do we eat? Outside of cravings, temptations, social customs, boredom, etc., why do we actually consume food? It all comes down to energy. The pang of hunger we feel is simply the body's request for fuel, so that it can produce energy. We're instinctively attracted to calorie-dense foods to most efficiently propel our activities-including mental activities! (The brain taps 25 percent of the body's energy.) Even the very definition of a calorie is nothing more than a unit of energy. So the fact that our modern food choices often make us sleepy, mentally unfocused, fat, or even sick, is a huge red flag: there's something seriously wrong with what we're eating.
On the flip side, good food rejuvenates us. Good food supports our activities, keeps us healthy, keeps us strong, and keeps us at our prime. I'm pretty sure the scientific explanation for eating good food is simply, "you: now with more awesome." And it's with this mind-set-preparing food with sight, smell, taste, and energy all taken simultaneously into consideration-that you have the makings of a Superfood Fan.