One of the first things we got introduced to at IIN was Primary – and Secondary Food. Secondary Food is what we eat and Primary Food is the ‘food’ that feeds us, but doesn’t come on a plate. Primary Food includes elements such as physical activity, spirituality, an inspiring career, honest and open relationships. Basically things that gives your life meaning and feed your soul. The idea is that everything we consider as nutrition is really just a secondary source of energy and that the primary ‘food’ should be the main energy source. Food has, of course, a huge impact on our health and wellbeing, but if that’s the only good thing in our lives we won’t be healthy (and happy). In the end, food won’t give us the same joy, meaning and fulfilment that primary food can give us.
Unfortunately, I think this is something people easily forget. Instead of going through ones diet when feeling tired/down, it might be a good idea to reflect over ones primary food. Sometimes the negative feelings might come from a bad relationship, too little or too much physical activity or an unpleasant work environment (although if you have a really bad diet, it might be the reason).
The Primary Food that affects me most is definitely my relationships and physical activity. I love to spend time with my friends and family, meet new people and connect. It gives me a lot of energy and joy. But then it’s the same way around, if I experience a bad relationship I feel down and all my energy disappears, often for a longer period. I’ve learned through the years (and I’m still learning) to only spend time with people who give me good energy and have good intentions. You should feel good about yourself after spending time with people, not the opposite.
Physical activity is also something that affects me but not as much as relationships. I love to workout and move my body, it’s something that has been a part of my life as long as I can remember and without the right amount I get really restless, tired and uninspired.
I love this holistic approach and think it’s good to every now and then reflect over what affects you and why you are feeling in certain ways. What about you, do you feel like you’re having your Primary Food in order? What would you say affects you the most? I would love to hear your answers!
Talk to you soon! <3