Are you getting the right combinations of food in your life??

The Easter Bunny has hopped for another year, hopefully not leaving a deluge of too many chocolate wrappers in his wake! School holidays are over and routine takes precedence once again! I think I can admit I like routine….most of the time.

Routine, on the one hand, permits you to get more things done, it orders your day, it makes you commit to work that little bit more, it provides your life with structure and purpose. Routine, on the flip side, can become a little tedious, sometimes boring and expected and often lacks spontaneity.

It is a matter of finding the right balance for you…

Balance is vitally important for our overall health and well being. Joshua Rosenthal, in his book Integrative Nutrition – Feed you hunger, health and happiness, explains that there are two types of food – primary and secondary.  Primary food is not what you think it would be!  He explains it much better than I, so enjoy the explanation…

“Primary food is more than what is on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. When primary food is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary. But what is primary food?

Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives.  We take in thousands of experiences of life that can fulfill us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality. All of these elements are essential forms of nourishment. The extent to which we are able to incorporate them determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.

Modern nutrition—carbs or proteins, fresh produce or fast food—is really just one source of nourishment, which I call secondary food. If we are not starving, other dimensions of the human experience are generally much more important to us than what we put in our mouths. Secondary foods don’t come close to giving us the joy, meaning and fulfillment primary food provides.

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.”

Food for thought?? You and I have all the resources needed to bring about change and success. It is up to us, no one else can do it for you or or me. We cannot blame others or other events for what we do not achieve. Everyone of us has the potential to develop and grow.

The new all encompassing food pyramid…..

Be Healthy & Happy!

Caroline 

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