When we talk about foods we typically think of the actual food on our plate; what we consume to nourish and fuel our bodies.
As a certified health coach, we take a holistic approach to health. In addition to examining traditional aspects of nutrition and fitness, we also consider “outside factors” that equally influence our health and wellness.
Primary Foods consist of these “outside factors” that satiate our hunger for life as opposed to hunger for food. Examples of primary foods include healthy relationships, fulfilling careers, and regular physical activity. Sometimes we are fed not by food, but by the energy in our lives.
The Institute of Integrative Nutrition teaches, “When primary food is balanced and satiated, your life feeds you, making what you actually eat secondary” hence the distinction between primary and secondary foods.
Therefore balanced nutrition not only involves the physical food on your plate but also the emotional. If you’re not healthy, or something is feeling “off,” consider both primary and secondary foods.