Primary Foods (TM) Integrative Nutrition The Bigger Picture in Circle.

          For most of us, what first to comes to mind when we see the word nutrition is "food".    We assume that getting in shape and "healthy" depends upon the foods we eat.   But is this commonly-health belief true?    Is it really just the actual food that we choose to eat that is the defining factor in creating healthy bodies and lives or unhealthy ones?

          The foods we eat do make a difference to our health, but they are not as important as the emotions we have while we are choosing and consuming our foods.   Unfortunately we can't get away from our emotions. We sometimes feel comfort, eating  away our emotions or trying to just ignore them, and hoping they will go away"--  of course they never do.  

        Which brings us to the bigger picture-- the "Circle of Life: healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice.  All of these  can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life.  These are what we refer to as. Primary Foods™, a concept originally developed by Joshua Rosenthal, Founder/Director of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and author of Integrative Nutrition Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness.    When Primary Foods are balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.  And when our minds are clear and we make better food choices.

       Remember when we were children.  We were playing outside, having fun and when we were called in for dinner, we wondered why.  The passion of play took all our attention- we were not hungry!  Or, when we were working on an exciting project that we truly believed in.  Passionate and so confident in what we were doing. We didn't notice the time that passed. We were focused on the project and stimulated by the process.  Mealtime and sleep didn't matter.

      We are nourished  not by the food but by the energy in our lives. We hunger not for food but for success, play, fun, love, intimacy, touch, romance, music, self expression, leadership ,adventure, excitement, spirituality and so many other intangible things.  All of these elements are essential forms of nourishment and the degree to which we are able to intergrate them into our lives determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.  When we use Secondary Foods as a way to pacify or restrain our hunger for Primary Foods™,, the body and mind suffer.   The end results are  weight gain, heart  disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.  These are national epidemics and why?  Because we are stuffing ourselves with Secondary Foods when we are really starving  for  Primary Foods™.      

        Maybe it's not the chocolate cake  that causes us to gain weight, but the job that we just can't bear for another hour .  Or maybe your body needs to move: to play, run and swim.  You know where I'm going with this, right?  What if you enjoy a small piece of chocolate cake in the afternoon at a job  you love?  You are feeling  great after work.  You grab a super smoothie or green drink at the juice bar on your way  to the gym or your favorite Zumba class . You  dance up a storm and celebrate your great day,  loving what you do, and when you finally  get home  after your workout you are ready to have a light nourishing dinner and relax!   You  sleep like a baby till you wake up and do it all over again. It's a great scenario and you- it can make it come true.  It all starts with different  choices. 

       Don't obsesses about the food you eat.  But do take a reality check.   Make it important to  be honest; make it a priority. How do you feel about you ?   Make your choices.   It's all about the circle of your  life.


   Yummy Kale & Cabbage Salad                



red cabbage

shallots/ red onions

dried cranberries


pine nuts (if desired)

fresh ginger (if desired)

fresh garlic (if desired)

Dressing portions of all ingredients to your taste and amount.  I like a tart and sweet taste.

Olive Oil

Rice Vinegar


Agave Nector

Liquid Amino ( or Sea salt

In a large salad bowl

Shred the red cabbage add to the bowl -add Kale and parsley then with a kitchen scissors cut them all into small pieces, cut up shallots , red onions(optional) ginger and garlic. (once all of these ingredients are in the bowl I take the scissors  to it again and just to be sure they are in tiny pieces, like a chopped salad- scissors make it easier for me.-- add your dried cranberries(or any dried fruit of your choice) and nuts if you like or not.  Still tastes great without the nuts.

 Stir in the dressing  et voila!  And it tastes better the next day so make a good amount to last the next couple of days.