Have you ever seen someone who looks healthy on the outside, but lives on junk food? Or someone who watches every little thing that they eat, but are still happy with their body image?
Being healthy is not just about the food we eat, it is about primary food as well. What is primary food you ask? As defined by Joshua Rosenthal, author, nutrition expert and teacher, “Primary food is more than what is on your plate.” “Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spirituality practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life” . It is important to keep our primary food, along with the food we eat, in a healthy balance. These things can not be separated as they all come together to make up who we are.
Healthy relationships – Breaking away from negative relationships can be very difficult. Keep interactions with pessimist people to a minimum. And, most importantly, believe in yourself and nurture the wonderful relationship you have with YOU!
Regular physical activity – This does not have to be an hour a day of rigorous cardio or weight lifting. Go outside for a nice walk with someone you love (dogs included!) Or choose an activity you love to do that gets you moving, like gardening or playing in the snow with your kids. Yoga is another great activity and 15 minutes of it will do. Whatever you choose, make it a habit to get out daily and get moving!
Fulfilling career – How many people do you know really love their job? If everyone loved what they did, I believe this would be a much happier world. If you do not love what you do, find your passion and find ways to make it into your life. Believe in yourself, persevere and great things will happen!
Spirituality practice – You do not need to be religious or go to church to be spiritual. Just believe in something. Something fun you can do is create a “God Box” or “Worry Box” (or whatever other name draws to you). Take a box and decorate it. When you have a worry, write it down on a piece of paper, put it in the box, and LET IT GO!
When you make it a habit to work on your primary food, you will see a shift in yourself and you will be a healthier, happier person. And when you are happy and healthy, there's no telling what wonderful things you will do!