Chances are you’ve spent a LOT of time deliberating on the ‘right’ food to eat. After all, your well being relies on your eating a healthy diet. But what is a healthy diet?
• Low fat?
• Low glycemic?
• Fresh and locally grown?
• Gluten free?
• Low carb?
• High protein?
You get the picture, right? An Amazon.com search for diet books resulted in 182,659 books. That’s a lot of opinions on the right diet. You’ll be very busy trying to keep up with all the theories and expert recommendations. And you still might not get there.
As a personal trainer, and holistic health counselor, I experimented with many dietary theories. Here's one of the things I noticed, most of us have been taught to focus on food as our primary nutrient but it’s not the whole picture.
The 3 Primary Nutrients
Whether you were born in the Sudan or Switzerland, Great Britain or Guyana, there are 3 primary nutrients that are essential to life. You can live without …
air for 3 minutes
water for 3 days
food for 3 weeks
If you look at your primary nutrients from this perspective you can see that …
Primary nourishment comes from air
Secondary nourishment comes from water
Tertiary nourishment comes from food
Consider that your primary nutrients (physical energy sources) have a corresponding frequency which can be viewed as: body/mind/soul, physical/mental/spiritual, effect/cause/energy. (Pick your paradigm.)
And … what if some of the imbalances that we experience could be more readily remedied if we approached a health strategy that made use of all 3 primary nutrients.
When viewed in this way you can see that there are more sources of nourishment than you initially might have imagined. For example, if we're looking at secondary nourishment, you can add more water to your diet and you can also remove some structure from your schedule and allow for more flow in your workday.
We'll explore the other energy sources more deeply, but for now let's get some practice on enhancing your energy using physical nourishment:
Enhance Your Physical Energy Sources
Here are three practices to boost your energy and provide long term fuel for your self care:
- Take Breath Breaks. Start a daily breath practice. For now, focus on the inflow/outflow of your breath throughout the day. Just take a pause and practice noticing your breath.
- Start Your Day with Water. Start with a glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. It reduces inflammation, aids digestion, cleanses your system and helps you lose weight.
- Add High Quality Food. Your goal should be to eat the freshest and highest quality food. Locally grown and organic are ideal. Avoid genetically modified food and ones that have been treated with pesticides. Check out your local farmer's market for fresh produce.
I've experimented with a lot of diets and dietary theories. As in all things, my suggestion is to be guided from within on choosing the energy sources for you right now. The more you do this the more you dynamically design your diet, you eat intuitively knowing what's right for you in the moment.
Today, more than ever, it’s important that you learn what’s right for you and take responsibility for your own well being. Change your energy sources and you change what’s possible in your world, beginning with your physical, emotional and spiritual well being. That’s a great foundation to build an extraordinary life.
We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live life fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating, and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime.
~ Herbert A. Otto
As you do so, you impact those around you. The more this becomes the norm for most of us, the sooner it becomes the norm for all of us.
PS Ready to nourish your self?