Have you heard of Primary Food and Secondary Food?  I am going to challenge you today to work on getting your Primary Food in balance! Below you can take a quiz to see how you are doing in the twelve Primary Food areas.

Taking small steps to work on areas in your life where your Primary Food needs improvement makes a big difference over time. A challenge for you over the next several days is  to make sure you get outside daily and do something that involves moving your body! This can be anything outdoors that you enjoy! Gardening, Sports, Fishing, Jump Roping, Hula Hooping, Walking, Playing, Exercising, Looking at the Sky, Going Barefoot in the Grass, and more. Pick something you Love! You will be getting Vitamin D from the sun, fresher air (since indoor air can be the most polluted air we breathe), physical activity, and joy from getting in touch with nature.

As a Health Coach, I help my clients improve upon not only optimizing their nutrition (Secondary Food), but Primary Food as well in order to have a balanced and healthy life.

If your Primary Foods are out of balance, it can be difficult to be completely healthy even though you may be eating an optimal diet full of vegetables, fruit, healthy carbohydrates, good fats, protein, fiber, and drinking plenty of water.

This week make a point of being outdoors more, at least 30 minutes a day. Just going outside covers at least three of the Primary Food Categories (Health, Physical Activity and Joy). More can be added while outdoors, the choice is yours, for instance if you are spending time outside with another person you could be working on Social Life or Relationships.

The Main Primary Food Categories are:
1. Health
2. Physical Activity
3. Home Cooking
4. Home Environment
5. Relationships
6. Social Life
7. Joy
8. Spirituality
9. Creativity
10. Finances
11. Career
12. Education

Secondary Food is the Food we eat. Check out previous posts for nutrition tips.

So, take a Primary Food Quiz. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate each of your Primary Foods? (Ten being the best and lower numbers areas you would like to improve upon.)

What steps could you take to work on your Primary Food? Type your paragraph here.

Are You Getting Enough Primary Food?


Cravings

Let's talk about Cravings! Do You Have Cravings? Are they strong cravings or just mild? How would you rate the level of your cravings, and what are they?

Your body is so amazing! It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to blink. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees, repairs itself when injured, and knows the miracle of creating another human being. Your heart beats without you telling it to. Your lungs breathe for you. The body is a super computer, and it never makes mistakes. When you are experiencing cravings, take a look at the foods, deficits, and behaviors in your life that are the underlying causes of your cravings.

For instance a craving for chocolate can be your body telling you it is deficient in Magnesium. A small square or two a day may help satisfy this craving by restoring your magnesium levels, and then you won't be tempted to eat a whole bar at a time, because you have corrected the underlying cause of the craving.

Have you slept well the night before? Lack of sleep can cause us to eat more and have cravings as well.

Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Ask yourself, what does my body want and why? Keep in mind if it is sugar and sweets you are craving constantly, it could be a sugar addiction. We also have cravings when we are trying to replace something in our emotional lives, and certain foods can mean comfort to us like a favorite food from childhood.

Think about what you are craving this week. Keep a journal for the week and write down all your cravings. I find the notebook on my phone to be handy for this. Can you satisfy your cravings by having just a little of the food you are craving, or replacing it with another activity, a healthier food choice if you are craving an indulgence, a warm hug, time spent outdoors, de-stressing with a favorite pass time, or exercise?

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