The Secret to a Healthy Life; It Goes Beyond the Plate
When it comes to living a healthy life, you may think that it all starts and ends with what’s on your dinner plate. While food plays an essential role in your physical health, nonfood sources of nourishment also support and fuel our bodies. While studying through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I discovered the concept of Primary Foods.
What are Primary Foods?
Primary food is more than what is on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. When primary food is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.
Aside from home, your job is where you spend the majority of your waking hours. Unfortunately, just to maintain a steady income, many of us are working 40 hours or more a week in a career that holds no value, passion or an end goal.
Ohio State University conducted a study which uncovered how people that expressed low levels of fulfillment in their career were more likely to report depression or difficulty sleeping.
Take a moment to ask yourself, “Are you doing something you love or is your career merely adding to your stresses?” If your answer is the latter, now is the perfect time to make some changes!
Consider going up for that promotion you’ve been dreaming about or try changing career paths altogether. If your schedule is already hectic between career, business, motherhood and entering a social life (LOL), it’s vital that you spend at least an hour a day striving toward your goals.
If your passion is sewing, dedicate an hour a day to your sewing machine. If it’s writing, commit to writing one blog or journal entry an hour a day. It may not seem like much, but small, consistent steps are the most efficient way to building a healthier, happier life.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher, that’s what Oprah Winfrey said. Be it your significant other or circle of friends; it’s essential that you are surrounded by those who bring out the greatest in you!
Relationships with people filled with complaints or those who criticize you in your moments of weakness are toxic. You want to live your best life, so you must free up room in your circle by creating distance from negative people.
- Who are the five closest people you have in your life?
- What value do they bring to the friendship?
- Do you provide value you bring to your relationships?
If you have more negatives than positives, it’s time to cut the cord. Start by slowly decreasing the time spent with individuals that drain your energy; begin surrounding yourself with those who supply you with positive energy.
Healthy relationships with others help lower your response to stressful stimuli; it also boosts your heart and immune system. Do yourself a favor by carefully selecting the personalities you allow in your life; your mind and body will thank you.
Developing a spiritual routine is vital to maintaining the wellbeing of your mind and body. Many believe that spirituality and religion are one in the same; spirituality explores self-beliefs, self-awareness and purpose.
Creating a habit of holiness practices, you will decrease stress, lower blood pressure, improve social connections, reduce depression and before you know it you will be on your way to becoming a balanced mom! There are a couple of practices you can begin implementing.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
Journal the elements of life that you are grateful for monitor the foods you are consuming. As a busy mother, it’s easy to fall behind on your dietary needs at the helm of convenience. You reach for what’s quick rather than what’s healthy. What you eat ties directly in with your physical and mental health, so choose wisely!
Choose whole foods that grow from the earth to nourish your temple; processed foods can be a downer. The body is a spiritual source, and by fueling up with clean foods, you are supplying the spark of life within the body.
In life, good health and happiness will forever be the goal! Review the Primary Food in your life; which areas need some attention? Is there room to create harmony and balance?
Once the areas of Primary Foods are balanced your hunger for life becomes satisfied. A secondary source of energy can create a better a better you!
Opinions and experiences contributed from Millennial Mom Magazine Contributors.
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