I’ve been involved in fitness and nutrition for a few years now through running a bootcamp and online challenges. Two years ago, I quit my job as a police detective and now work full time managing a Private Investigation firm. Add to that two kids, a husband and a dog – it doesn’t leave a lot of time left over.
This caused my exercise, eating and general wellbeing to slide somewhat…there was so little time left over for me.
To help keep on top of all of that and get myself back on track I started to dabble and research into things like meditation, self-care, personal development and positive-self talk and believed that there was so much more to ‘being healthy’ than just eating well and exercising. That’s what led me to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Health Coaching. It has been everything I hoped it would be and I want to share the wonderful knowledge I have with you. One of the main concepts I learned about, which I believe is what I’d been searching for is what we call, “Primary Food” and “Secondary Food”.
This includes the actual food we eat, digest and poop out again – I’m pretty sure you’re all familiar with this stuff…
Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colours were vivid. You were floating on air, gazing into your lover’s eyes. Your lover’s touch and your shared feelings of exhilaration were enough to sustain you. You forgot about food and you were on a high.
Remember a time when you were deeply involved in an exciting project. You believed in what you were doing and felt content and stimulated. Time seemed to stop. The outside world faded away. You didn’t feel the need to eat. Someone had to come by and remind you.
Now think of a time when you were depressed or your self-esteem was low and you were starving for primary food. Even in good times when we come home at night, we often look into the refrigerator for something to eat, when all we really want is a hug or someone to talk to.
No amount of secondary food would do. You ate as much as you wanted, but you never felt satisfied. The fun, excitement, and love of daily life have the power to feed us so that food becomes secondary.
Imagine children playing outside with friends. At dinnertime the mother reminds the children, “Time to come in and eat.” “No mummy, I’m not hungry yet,” they respond.
At the dinner table, the mother feels that her role is to enforce the rules of good nutrition and instructs the children to eat their food.
Eventually, the children force down a minimally acceptable amount of food and rush out again to play. At the end of the day, the kids return, exhausted, and go to sleep without thinking about food at all.
Primary food feeds us, but it doesn’t come on a plate.
- Elements such as a meaningful spiritual practice, an inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity, and honest and open relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living all constitute primary food.
- Every spiritual tradition that encourages people to fast during the year does so that individuals have time to reduce secondary food, thus allowing for a greater awareness of primary food.
The more primary food we receive, the less we depend upon secondary food. The opposite is also true. The more we fill ourselves with secondary food, the less we are able to receive the primary food of life.
Balancing the primary food in your life brings healing and wellness.
Think about your own experiences with this. When were you having so much fun and enjoyment that you forgot to eat? Or have you suffered from late night snacking when all you really wanted was some love and affection from your significant other?
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A formidable woman and a living example of how a complete change of career while juggling balls is achievable. A positive attitude, kindness, ambition and sheer will to help others are drivers to live a full purpose driven life. Once a police detective and also a private investigator, Lindsey is a fitness instructor, personal trainer and now an Integrative Health Coach. Studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition she toyed with the notion that ‘being healthy’ is not one dimensional or just eating well and exercising. A collaboration of health principles such as meditation, self-care, personal development, positive-self talk are just as important for overall health. Similar to a life coach, a health coach can provide direction in a persons preventative health journey. Help to be healthy ~ now there’s a positive trend.