What To Do Now With All That Time You’re Saving: An Intro to Primary Food

September 18, 2019

My #1 takeaway as an alum of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is a concept called Primary Food. I’ll start by defining what Primary Food isn't-  it is not actual food! Actually, in this school of thought food is referred to as Secondary Food. 

 

Instead Primary Food is everything else in your life that contributes to your health and well-being. This probably includes things currently awaiting you on your To-Do/Wish List:

  • Physical movement & exercise.

  • Quality time with friends and family. 

  • Uncluttered and inspiring home and work environments. 

  • Work you can enjoy & find meaningful. 

  • A spiritual practice or community that nourishes you.

  • Learning more about a subject you're curious about.

  • Feeling secure financially.

  • Drawing, dancing, gardening, cooking, making music, theater & other creative outlets

  • Laundry 

Except for the last one all of these are examples of Primary Food. And all these things take: you guessed it, time! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we should and shouldn’t be eating that little energy is left over. Redistributing time towards all the other things that help us feel happy and balanced can be energizing and make life’s challenges feel more surmountable. 

 

While I personally believe that home cooking is valuable in many ways that I will enumerate at a later date, there are definite benefits to outsourcing some of the time you would otherwise spend cooking (or grabbing takeout). This week try this little exercise: 

 

  1. First, roughly calculate how much time your PTYD subscription is saving you each day.

  2. Sit down with your calendar and reallocate that 20-30-60 minutes you saved to one of the things listed above, or another activity that brings you joy.

  3. Notice how you feel after each activity, as well as what it’s like to look at a schedule that includes Primary Food as well as work projects and appointments.

  4. Repeat (-: 

 

Naomi Perryman is a Personal Chef and Health Coach in Austin, TX. She’s learned a lot over the years from people & places including The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts (Vegan & Macrobiotic cooking school), The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (holistic health coaching), and Hands of the Earth Farm. Like the folks at Prep to Your Door, she believes that connecting busy people with local food unlocks the power of whole foods to help us feel better, have more energy, and engage deeply with our lives and the larger world around us. To learn more about Primary Food & other nutrition concepts, visit me here.

 

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