Thursday, September 26, 2013

How Primary Foods Help Your Overall Health

Do you know what a primary food is?  Do you know what your unique primary foods are and how they effect everything from your mood, health and even weight?  This is something I recently learned about in the nutrition school I am attending called The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Now, when I talk about primary foods I am not talking about actual food that nourishes our bodies.  Instead I am talking about the "foods" that nourish us in our mind, body, spirit and soul.  Primary foods are defined as anything that adds to our quality of life and brings us joy, happiness and inner peace.  Primary foods are things like our social life, family, friends, career, spiritual practice, health, physical activity, creativity, education and much more.  The food we actually consume is called our secondary food and while it is important it is not the most significant role to total overall health.  If you have ever taken the time to reflect on your past and are trying to rediscover true happiness you can probably pinpoint the areas right away where your primary foods are out of balance.  If one area is out of balance it throws everything out of balance.  Knowing and maintaining your primary foods is a vital key to not only great joy and happiness but to health as well. 


Maintaining a proper balance in your primary foods is not as difficult as it might seem and in most cases can be a very eye opening and freeing experience.  Sometimes it means letting go of toxic relationships and forming new healthy relationships.  Sometimes it means finally breaking those pesky bad eating habits and sometimes it means finally finding your inner spiritual calling and purpose.  All of these things are equally important in balancing your life.  The trick is to find out what really feeds you and makes you happy and fulfills and strengthens you.  It means actually taking the time to do something for yourself and becoming a better person because of your efforts.  

Over the next 30 days I will be examining my primary foods closely and figuring out what areas are working in my life and what areas need attention.  It will be a 30 day inventory exercise and at the end of the 30 days I will come up with a plan on how to make the changes necessary to bring my primary foods back into balance.  I already have a few ideas of what areas need work and have already taken some steps into correcting the imbalance but as with anything new it will take a lot of work, persistence and consistency to see real results.  It won't happen over night but it will happen if I stay true to myself and set up goals.  If you are feeling that your primary foods are out of balance I welcome you to try the 30 day challenge and see what areas you need to work on.  I think you will be surprised by the results and how good you can really feel when you start living your life in balance.  Test it out and see what happens.  It could be the start of a whole new you!

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