When we decide to set out to become fit and healthy we begin to think about changing our food choices and incorporating regular exercise into our daily routine. Despite knowing about the benefits of positive choices what causes us to slip back into our old habits?
I recently read an article that discussed the idea of primary and secondary foods that was produced by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which gave me an A-Ha Moment….
This article goes into the idea of primary and secondary foods. The philosophy of this article is that anything that we consider to be a source of nutrition, i.e. anything that we eat throughout the day, is only a secondary source of nourishment. All of the foods that we eat and drink are secondary to all other aspects of our lives that truly feed us.
These primary foods are things like our:
- Spirituality and
- Physical Activity
Think about how much these things actually consume us. Ask yourself how these aspects are feeding your life, are you letting your job devour more time than your personal life? Do your relationships give you energy or do they drain you?
The article draws on the idea of how much you enjoy playing outside when you were a child and suddenly your mother tells you dinner was ready but you were not hungry at all. The passion of play took all of your attention. You were able to forget all about food and were high on life.
The secondary foods are able to nourish our bodies but they are unable to give us the joy, meaning, or fulfillment that primary food provides. Its human instinct to yearn for play, fun, touch, romance, love, achievement, art, music and adventure. The extent of how much we incorporate all of these things will actually determine how worthwhile your life feels.
What feeds you more?
If you would like to read the whole article you can find it here: