We all know our health is not entirely dependent on the physical food we consume. There is far more to it than that and IIN uniquely refers to these other aspects that nourish us as Primary Food. First, understand that the food we actually eat from our plates is considered Secondary Food. Yes - of course it nourishes us and biologically transmutes into the physical beings that we are. However, we could argue that Primary Food might just override the importance of physical food, in terms of keeping us healthy. IIN has broken down these areas of Primary Food into 12 categories which are neatly outlined on an image we call The Circle of Life (see comments).
For example, consider the idea of eating loads of kale and broccoli and ‘healthy’ foods but at the same time you’re in a toxic relationship, a career you despise and you have extreme debt. I would take a guess and say you don’t really feel ‘well’ overall?? On the flipside, you can see that Physical Activity is part of the whole circle and while you might have this completely in check, you may still be eating foods that are not whole and healthy. You may feel like you are being healthy because you ‘work out’ but you also justify eating easy, processed foods because you are moving your body occasionally. This is what I mean about Primary and Secondary Foods. Both are important and vital to keep in balance in order to remain true to your healthy living journey.
As your Health Coach, we will delve into these areas that are out of balance for you and begin to work on them. Yes - this sounds intense and it will be but this is what makes the work of a Health Coach transformative and not just a basic program that will work for you for a period of time and then you slip back into old habits. We help provide you with tools and guidance on how to always keep coming back to your health path to stay vibrant and whole.
I will touch on some of these topics and share some thoughts and insights on how all these areas affect us in terms of our own health and what we can do to improve upon them. Hopefully, some ideas will arise that might inspire you to take initiative and better these areas in your own life.