Primary Foods

I wrote my eulogy yesterday…WHY?
I am in California right now taking some time away for just me.  One of the things I wanted to focus on while I was here was completing my “Life Plan” as outlined in the book Living Forward.  You start the process by identifying key relationships and groups of people in your life and how you want them to remember you.  The idea is that if you know how you want people to remember you, and what you want them to say when you are no longer here, you know what you need to do today and going forward for that to happen.
This reminds me of Stephen Covey’s principle of highly effective people, begin with the end in mind.
With 2017 fast approaching and all of the changes that have happened in my life in 2016, I was really feeling like I needed some time to reflect as well as time to plan.
And while I have done that, what I didn’t expect to happen was for my heart to be so full of gratitude and my soul to feel completely nourished.  I believe this happened because over the past few days, I have taken a look at how the primary foods in my life are nourishing me physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Without realizing it, on this trip I have been “feeding” myself in the form of primary food.
Primary food is a concept from the Integrative Institute for Nutrition.  Primary foods are your relationships, career, spirituality, and exercise routine.
Often if you are not feeling “fed” in one of these areas, you turn to food to fill you up.  You find yourself drinking more caffeine, drinking more alcohol, and consuming more sugar and processed foods.  You find yourself mindlessly eating while watching TV or scrolling social media on your phone.
You are looking to secondary food to fill up a void of one of your primary foods.
Remember when you were a kid, and you were playing outside having fun.  You Mom announced that dinner was ready but you were not hungry at all.  Your passion for fun and play took all your attention and focus.
We are not only fed by food but also by the energy in our lives.  We hunger for play, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure, and spirituality.  All of these things are forms of nourishment to us.
You don’t have to take a trip to California or anywhere else to check-in with how your primary foods are feeding you.  You can get a journal, carve out a few hours of uninterrupted time for yourself, and simply ask yourself these questions about each primary food:
What is working?
What is NOT working?
Then identify and commit to a few action items that will move you in the direction you want to go in each category.
This week instead of trying a new recipe, I want you to take a look at your primary foods.  Next week I will be back with lots of recipes in my Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!!!
P.S. – If you would like to learn more about Primary Food, CLICK HERE to listen to a Happy Healthy and Fit Life podcast that Jen and I did on this topic!

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Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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