Jewels and coin are awesome, weapons rock, and magical items are the bomb. However the real reason we go campaigning is for the XP. The more experience points we gain, the more our characters level up, and the cooler things we can do (bonus skills, feats, and spells).
Well eating is the same way. The taste, the look, the experience of eating is all great, but the real reason we eat is to gain valuable nutrients & vitamins that our bodies need to function.
Now you might come back with the reason you RPG is for the roleplaying aspect, and yes it is fun to have your character hang out at the local tavern shooting the proverbial dung with his fellow adventurers. But you’re never going to advance your character if all he does is sit at the pub drinking pints all day ( though you might advance his waist line and possibly a drinking skill point). They need to get out there, explore the world, run into some random encounter monsters, save a damsel in distress, and raid a dungeon or two to properly play the game correctly
Just like a character is going to gain XP all throughout their adventuring career, you need to continually consume vitamins & nutrients throughout your entire life. It’s not the action of eating that’s going to get you through life, it’s what you eat. You want to eat items that are going to give you the most bang for your buck.
For example in the adventuring world, we all like to run into random encounter monsters. The fun mid-level guys that are fun to fight, and you might even toy with a little before you kill. However it’s usually the big bad monster at the end that is going to give you the most XP. Yes you can level up by just fighting all those little guys, but that’s going to take a whole lot of time (and gets a little monotonous after a while). However that big bad Dragon at the end of the dungeon is hoarding a whole load of treasure and can really take your XP to the next level.
Well food is the same way. Yes you can get some vitamins and minerals eating a continual supply of processed foods, but it is going to take a whole lot of it to reach your daily requirements. At the same time your consuming more of the candy, sodas, and packaged foods trying to reach the bare number of nutrients you need, your HP (calorie consumption) is taking a huge hit. In comparison if you go for the most XP you can right out of the gates, consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods, you’re going to fill up your XP a whole lot quicker. Just like in real XP there is a incentive at the end ( leveling up), there are some killer rewards for eating real foods . Your plunders will include a healthier body, more energy, clearer skin, and faster thinking. The more fresh food you eat, the more you level up, and the healthier you become.
And what about Multi-Vitamins? Your probably thinking that if you take a whole slew of vitamins, that you don’t need to worry about getting them from whole foods…. Your probably one of those people who also get their characters pre-done for WOW off of ebay aren’t you? – No, you can’t just level up by taking more multi-vitamins. Our body can only consume so many vitamins and nutrients from non-food sources ( that’s why some mutli-vitamins turn your pee yellow, your body can’t absorb everything that is in them). If your eating the way you should, you don’t even need to technically take a multi-vitamin ( if your currently taking one, don’t stop, your probably absorbing something from it)
Getting an understanding of the importance of fresh foods are going to come in handy during the next couple of sections on Speed & Fat.