Nutrition As A Second Source of Energy
I love being trained as a health coach. One of the main reasons is because I get to explore and place special attention to the “other foods” that feed us in our daily lives.
I am not talking about the food that comes on a plate, but rather the aspects or elements that feed our heart and our vitality for life. As a health coach, we call these elements Primary Foods. Primary foods can be anything from a loving family, an inspiring career, a kick-ass physical activity, a meaningful spiritual practice, or an honest, caring relationship.
When our primary foods are in balance and well provided for, our dependence and overwhelming decision-making on secondary foods (i.e. food on a plate) is lessened. Yet, the opposite is also true. When we are sad, lonely, hate our job, or our self-esteem is low, our primary foods are “out of whack” and secondary foods come to the rescue in the form of chocolate cakes, juicy hamburgers and tall exotic cocktails. Nonetheless, somewhere deep down we know that no amount of secondary food will ever satisfy us if the root of the problem is not addressed.
So, consider for a moment nutrition and diet as a second source of energy, and think of all the primary foods that feed you. What makes you happy and whole? Is there a primary food in your life that needs special attention?
Take the time to explore your primary foods. I promise. It will naturally improve your relationship with nutrition and diet. I guarantee it!
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Pictured: My Primary Food. Reference: Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health & Happiness.