Nurturing You

bekind1What truly nourishes us is far more than what we find on our plate.  Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and nurturing your spiritual health can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. As a holistic health coach, we consider these things primary food.  When primary food is balanced and you feel satisfied, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.

As a child, do you remember a time when you were playing outside and having fun, when your mother called you in for dinner, but you were not at all hungry? The passion of play took all your attention. Or think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vibrant. Your feelings of exhilaration sustained you. You forgot about food and you were high on life.

It’s the energy in our lives that often feeds us. Modern nutrition – carbs, proteins, fruits, and vegetables – is really just one source of nourishment, which Integrative Nutrition considers secondary food. Secondary foods nourish our bodies, but are not able to give us the joy, meaning, or fulfillment that primary food provides. We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure, and spirituality. All these elements are essential forms of nourishment, and the extent to which we are able to incorporate them determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.

When we use secondary food as a way to alleviate or suppress our hunger for primary food, the body and mind suffer. Weight gain is just one of the consequences. Diet-related disorders such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are national epidemics, and one of the main reasons is because we are stuffing ourselves with secondary foods when we are really starving for primary food or food for our soul. If you’re not getting the primary food you need, eating all the food in the world won’t satisfy your hunger.

I’d like to challenge you to look into your life and ask yourself how you’re doing in all of these areas.  If you do nothing, it’s likely that things will remain the same.  But if you focus on the areas you’d like to develop, you’re sure to grow and will find yourself feeling healthier and more alive than ever!

Brené Brown on Being Authentic

Ever feel like you can’t catch your breath?

Our lives are busy and fast-paced. The lack of margin increases our stress and shortens our tempers. It can distract us from the most important things in our lives . . . and our relationships suffer. No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, there’s probably something in this next video that you’ll find helpful…

Life is better with breathing room.

Watch “Breathing Room“, by Andy Stanley, North Point Community Church:


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