by Heather McCoy, owner of Wellness from Within Holistic Health Coaching
People often eat the healthiest of diets but still wonder, “Why am I not happy?” Or, “Why do I still feel unhealthy?” What we don’t realize is that food is our secondary source of nourishment. Although what we eat is important, it’s often the other parts of our lives that make us feel happy. I call these things primary food.
Primary food is more than what you find on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular exercise, a job that you love and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors in our daily lives that make us happy and healthy. People may not realize that good friends and healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment.
Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting, colors were vibrant, the first kiss magical. The idea of your new partner’s touch and feelings of excitement were what sustained you. You were floating on air, gazing into each other’s eyes. You forgot about food and were high on life. Remember when, as a child, you were playing outside having fun? Suddenly, your mother announced dinner was ready, but you were not hungry at all. The passion of play took all of your attention. Sometimes we are fed not by food, but by the energy in our lives. These moments and feelings demonstrate that everything is food. We take in many experiences in life that can fulfill us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Although we have a physical hunger for food, what we really are hungry for is play, 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 into our life determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel. When primary food is balanced and satisfying, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.
If you find yourself eating super healthy but still not happy, take a look at these other important areas of your life. Make sure they are in balance and adding joy to your life. If they aren’t, find out what you can change. The more you work on increasing your primary foods, the more you’ll find that what you eat becomes less and less important.
I’m Heather McCoy, owner of Wellness from Within Holistic Health Coaching.
Wellness from Within offers a unique approach to health counseling. Recognizing that no one diet works for everyone, I offer a personalized program tailor made for you and your health concerns. I can assist you in a variety of health issues with specialized knowledge in weight loss without deprivation and struggle, whole foods nutrition for hormone balance, especially thyroid health, and increasing vital energy. I also incorporate eating locally and seasonally into my clients’ programs, as I believe it’s the right thing to do for our health, the environment, and for our valued family farms
Heather McCoy is not affiliated with Syracuse University; this is a sponsored post.