What is Secondary Food?

Adapted from IIN’s Approach to Secondary Food.

Secondary Foods are what we eat.

secondary-foodsThey include what modern nutrition considers carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Many experts will tell you to eat low-carbs/high protein, while others recommend eating higher carbs/low protein. Some say eat raw, others say cooked is the only way to go. And fats continue to be the way marketers get you to buy their product (by calling it “low-fat”), while actually providing you with no nutrition, and usually high sugar content.

Nutrition is a fledgling science and, as such, we can find many conflicting and competing theories for the “best” way we should eat – all of which have mounds of research backing them up. Nonetheless, all dietary regimes contain some version, in varying quantities, of proteins, carbohydrates and fats – our Secondary Foods. The keys to “good” nutrition include understanding your Bio-Individuality, and including enough whole foods (unprocessed, unrefined, not in a box) in your Secondary Foods, to provide high quality nutrition.

We use Secondary Food as a way to alleviate or suppress biological hunger. While Secondary Food is a form of nourishment, it does not account for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual nourishment that we receive from primary food.

Primary Food is more than what you find on your plate.

Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. When Primary Food is balanced and satiated, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary.

You can use healthy Secondary Food to “crowd out” the habitual consumption of unhealthy food.

The more whole foods – like fruits, vegetables and grains – you add to your diet, the less room there is for unhealthy foods. If you fill your body with healthy, nutrient-dense foods, your cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen. We call this “crowding out.” That means, eating a healthy diet is not about taking away, but adding in.

Drinking lots of water and eating nutrient-rich Secondary Foods earlier in the day is another way to crowd out cravings later in the day. Balancing Primary Foods and Secondary Foods provides the basis for optimal, sustainable health! Want to find out more about this?

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