BRACE YOURSELF. If you do nothing else to prepare for the coming of 2011 promise me right now that you’ll read EVERY WORD of this article.
Promise me that you’ll read it like your life depends on it; because IT DOES!
And here’s my promise to you: If you read every word, and take the advice I’m going to give you and actually DO IT, …this ONE piece of advice has the potential to change your entire life… FOREVER. Period. No lie.
(I know that sounds like a TALL order, but trust me, this “advice” completely changed my life and I know it can do the same for you. SO KEEP READING!!)
Why I’m Not Joking That This Is The Most “SHOCKING” Advice for 2011!
Yes, this is going to be incredible advice, but here’s what’s even better…
The advice you’re about to read isn’t just my opinion. In fact this article is the result of several highly talented Health Coaches who came together recently to “brainstorm” our best recommendations for 2011.
And amongst all the brilliant ideas thrown into the ring, the one you’ll read today came out as the “winner”. The top dog. The #1 recommendation we’d all make to our clients for 2011!
Here’s the reason why….
The Rapid “Decline” In Society We’re Witnessing
We knew the recommendation we needed to make had to be MASSIVE.
It needed to be a suggestion that could create change for you on an unprecedented scale. Something that would really “rock your world”.
Why so “BIG”, you ask?
Because the truth of the matter is, our country in the midst of a major health care CRISIS.
More and more clients are coming to us for reasons like these, without a clue how to help themselves:
Overweight or obese
Suffering from low energy and constant fatigue
Craving sugar and sweets
Struggling with eating disorders (happening at younger and younger ages!)
Experiencing anxiety, irritability or other mood swings
Stressed out all the time
Experiencing dissatisfaction in their relationships
Hating their bodies
Living beyond their financial means or just “never having enough”
Just don’t have enough time for the life they want to live
Having difficulty making decisions and staying focused
Procrastinating on anything and everything
Not knowing how to figure out what they really want in life
And the list goes on…
And as we all brainstormed, we knew at the root of so many of these problems that we, as a society, are experiencing these days is ONE GIANT CAUSE…
(It’s like the big pink elephant in the corner that no one talks about–but we, as Health Coaches, are well-versed in this concept).
Drum roll please…..
Lack of “Primary Food” As A Major Factor For Decline
As you may know, I’m a graduate from the largest nutrition school in the world, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As part of my education, I studied every MAJOR dietary theory in the world, from modern Macrobiotics to ancient theories such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
But one major theory that’s unique to my school is the concept of:
“Primary Food vs. Secondary Food”
Let me to explain…
You see, Secondary Foods, are the things you find on your plate… your breakfast, lunch and dinner. We need them to be healthy and nourishing so we can thrive, right?
Well, here’s the other piece of the puzzle, and this has EVERYTHING to do with our health and wellbeing: Primary Foods.
Primary Foods are the things that “feed” us that aren’t food. You could call it nourishment for the soul– they are all the things we need to feel happy and satisfied from life.
When we aren’t getting “fed” from our Primary Foods, our health and happiness suffer. When our “soul” (or psyche) is hungry, it truly affects everything else. When we are well-nourished with Primary Foods…well, the other stuff seems to fall more easily into place much of the time.
For example, I know that spending time and really being present with my family makes my life more enjoyable. I know that the work I do provides me with a deep satisfaction, a deep sense of meaning, being able to help people live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives.
So what are your Primary Foods? What are the things that make your life more satisfying and worthwhile? Is it the creativity you feel when you have a paintbrush in your hand? Is it your morning yoga class? The community group you lead?
Or maybe you’re passionate about health and wellness too!
At this point, you may wondering how Primary Food relates to health crisis this country is in and how you can tap into it this concept to better yourself….
Keep reading! I’m about to unveil the big “a-ha” and the shocking advice….
How Primary Food Contributes To Health and Happiness
I want you to think back on a time when you were deeply involved in an exciting project. Did time just fly by for you? Isn’t it amazing how the hours can simply slip away when you’re deeply stimulated and satisfied by the work you’re engaged in?
You might stay up late into the night working or forget to eat lunch because you’re so filled with passion for the task at hand.Or remember your childhood and imagine a day when you were out playing afterschool. Your mom would call you to dinner but you weren’t hungry at all. You were so filled with joy that playtime was all you could think of.
We all hunger for excitement and adventure, fun and play, success and achievement, love and romance, intimacy and connection, peace and calm, and feeling connected to something larger than ourselves.
The critical point to understand about this concept is that when our primary food is lacking or out of balance, oftentimes many of us will reach for secondary food to alleviate or suppress our hunger for primary food. Or to try to control those desires.
As a consequence, we begin to see weight gain, disordered eating and other diet related health conditions.
Clearly this substitution simply does not work. When our lives lack something larger and more meaningful, we’ll never be able to “eat” enough to give us the comfort we’re seeking or satisfy our hunger for primary food.
More so, this imbalance can spill over into all areas of our lives leading us to feel “out of sync”, constantly struggling, unsatisfied with life, or like we’re always searching for what will truly make us feel happy.
The One BIG Piece of Primary Food That’s Most Missing
As Health Coaches we often marvel at the sheer numbers of men and women who come to us for dietary advice, yet at the root of their problem, we immediately recognize a primary food imbalance. And lately I’ve been noticing that with my adult clients, there’s one SPECIFIC area of primary food imbalance that simply tops the charts: Career choice.
In today’s day and age, the average American spends more time at work than with their own friends, family and loved ones. There’s an old adage that says, “How you spend your hours becomes how you spend you days, and how you spend your days becomes how you spend your years….”
Many people are recognizing that their hearts are simply not in their jobs anymore.
Or worse, there are many who actually loath going in to work day after day. Some women I work with have been out of the workforce for a while, and know they crave something more, but lack either the confidence or the know-how to get back into their passions.
Many people find themselves needing more and more coffee to drag themselves out of bed every morning to face the prospect of another day at the “daily grind.” Or find themselves stuck in the kitchen at 4pm, mindlessly munching on snacks, while trying to get the kids through homework, activities, dinner and bed…
They want off the treadmill, but don’t know how.
So ask yourself now, do you feel like you’re living your life’s purpose when you wake up every morning? Or do you feel there’s something greater you’re supposed to be tapped into that you just haven’t found yet? How happy are you REALLY with the work you do every day?
The “SHOCKING” Advice for 2011
For those of us that contributed to this article, there was a definite and distinct turning point in our lives. We knew we were passionate about food, health and happiness. We also knew we had a greater gift to contribute to the world. We knew we were meant to help others.
You also may be passionate about health and wellness. So my question for you is, could you see yourself in my shoes, passionately spreading the word– in your own unique way – about what keeps us healthy and happy?
Is my shocking advice to go out and quit your job so you can follow your heart?
For some of you … MAYBE! It may just be the thing you need to start living to your fullest potential and really see the MASSIVE change that leads you toward the fulfillment you desire.
But more specifically, for all of you, there is ONE recommendation that I can make that trumps all others. This was the greatest recommendation I have ever received and nothing has changed my life in a more positive and meaningful way:
Please explore the possibility of becoming a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
A Seriously LIFE-CHANGING Experience
I can tell you from personal experience, when you find work that nourishes your soul, it’s like never again working a day in your life….
And can you imagine the impact this has on your children? Seeing you thrive, doing what you love and making a difference in the world?
The education I received from Integrative Nutrition opened many new and exciting opportunities to me. It gave me a whole new level of confidence and awareness. And now my days are GREAT because I get to:
Be my own boss, make my own hours and build a business I’m really passionate about
Earn a great income in a career that’s really meaningful
Transform the lives of others by helping my clients achieve true health and happiness
Do yourself a huge favor…. give yourself the gift of a lifetime.
This is more than an education–this is a passport to an entirely new way of living and being.
So, if you’re interested – or even MAY be interested, don’t delay (the Ring in the New Year’s gift of $500 ends on December 31!), Here’s your action plan:
ACTION STEP #1: Check out the website where you can see the course curriculum, download a brochure or even attend an information session: www.integrativenutrition.com . You’re going to love what you see!