Part of living a healthy and holistic lifestyle is taking care of yourself in every way – not just diet. While a healthy diet is very important, it is just as important to take care of your own Primary Food. You may or may not have heard the term Primary Food before. This concept suggests that the foods we eat are only a secondary source of energy and the primary source comes from some other place.

Primary Food

Primary foods feed us, but they don’t come on a plate. Elements such as a meaningful spiritual practice, an inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity and honest and open relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living all constitute primary food.

As parents, our needs and our primary foods sometimes fall second or third to other people or responsibilities in life. Lack of primary food can be just as detrimental to your health as an inappropriate diet. Think of a time when you were depressed, or your self-esteem was low; you were starving for primary food. No amount of secondary food would do. You ate as much as you wanted, but you never felt satisfied. This is an example of why it’s so important to make sure our non-food needs are met.

What are your Primary Food Needs?

Sometimes its hard to even think about what your needs are when so many others need you. Take the time to establish what your needs are and how you can start to incorporate them into your life. If your yoga practice has gone from 2 times a week to non-existent in the last few years and it is something that “feeds” you then this is something to work on. Maybe yoga isn’t your thing but you love to run, read, meditate, or go to church – whatever it is that makes you feel good, it should be a part of your routine.

Schedule your Self Care

In reality, there may be a long list of things you would like to do for yourself but they never actually happen. With your children you probably have some kind of calendar to keep track of their appointments, play dates, or birthday parties. Why shouldn’t it be the same for yourself? If yoga is your thing, put your weekly class on the calendar and make arrangements to be able to go or if you want to go for a walk, set a regular time on the calender where you get to do that. Taking a practical approach to your own self-care is a better way to make things happen rather then just saying I’d like to but…

Do you have a self-care routine? If not, why?

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