I mentioned earlier the politics, esthetics, and ethics of food. But to speak of the pleasure of eating is to go beyond those categories. Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend. When I think of the meaning of food, I always remember these lines by the poet William Carlos Williams, which seem to me merely honest:
If you eat within minutes of exercising, your body won't have time to convert your food to energy in time to give your workout a boost. On top of feeling weak, eating right before you exercise can cause stomach cramps because exercise diverts blood from the stomach to your muscles. This makes early morning workouts tricky, since you probably don't want to get up much earlier than is necessary. For most people, a good solution to this problem is to eat a small snack rich in complex carbohydrates right after they get up. Take care of other tasks while your body digests this snack and then work out. After you finish exercising, refuel your body by eating a healthy, regular-sized breakfast to replace the glycogen you just expended.