Health- it’s about more than just eating well
One of the concepts that led me to choose the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for my Health Coach training was their idea of “Primary Foods.” These aren’t the foods that fill our bellies, but rather the things that feed our lives: relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity.
The idea is that if we are not taking care of these areas, we’ll never have optimal health. I know this is very different from most approaches in health and wellness, but in my opinion a necessary departure. I am, by my training, a Holistic Health Practitioner. We are not one-dimensional creatures, and only focusing on the physical leaves a lot of our wellness neglected.
Many of the issues we have with our Primary Foods comes from our perspective, our approach to those parts of our lives. All of our relationships should be honored and nurtured. Ideally, we should find work we love, or at least find some joy and fulfillment in it. Our spirituality (not specifically religion,) needs our attention and energy. We need activity, not just for our physical body but for our minds and spirit.
This is definitely a far more “woo woo,” unconventional approach to health and wellness, but I’m convinced that’s the problem with most health programs. If someone has an issue with food, denies themselves unhealthy foods for a while to lose weight but doesn’t address the underlying problem, what happens? As soon as the goal is reached, the pattern resumes and the weight finds its way back on. With this more holistic system, all aspects of wellness are addressed- the issues behind the food issues included.
Keep in mind that each of us is far more than just our bodies. Be sure to take care of all of you, not just part.