In May 2017 I enrolled in the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition(IIN) online Health Coach course after search on what is health coach on health coaching websites. I did it because I was having health problems and felt I was not managing them properly. I enrolled in the course to learn how to take better care of myself overall. I also wanted to learn how to care for myself holistically by looking at my mind, body and spirit as one unit. Over the last seven months I’ve learned how to eat better as well as pay attention to food labels, food shop better and eat cleaner. I’ve also stopped eating Dairy back in June. I only eat it as treat on cheat days. Since January 2017 I’ve lost 20 pounds.
Something else happened since starting IIN in May. Something so much more important and profound happened to me spiritually. Over these last seven months, I started really looking at my life and asking myself “Am I fulfilled?” IIN teaches about Primary Food. IIN refers to Exercise, Spirituality, Relationships and Career as our Primary Food. In other words, we gain nourishment by finding fulfillment and happiness in those four non-food primary areas of our lives.
It was around the end of the summer that I started to break down those four areas of Primary Food and really look that them in the context of the question, “Am I fulfilled?”. That’s when I realized I wasn’t fulfilled in Relationships and Career. The relationship area of my life is complicated. I have a lot loss and heartbreak in my past. My lack of fulfillment was because I closed myself off from people family and friends who wanted to have a place in my life. I withdrew and disengaged out of fear of loss. In some cases I was feeling like I needed more than some individuals could offer me. The relationship area of my life is complicated. It’s going to take time for me work through things that have come up but at least I allowed myself to see it. I allowed myself to open up and see what was hurting me. I am working on healing those parts of my soul.
While I started working on the relationships area of my life, I was also becoming uncomfortable at work. That uneasy feeling was creeping in. There was a lot of change, constant chaos and churn in work. My jaw started to lock up from stress until it was so clenched and painful I could barely open my mouth. I had to take a week off from work and worked from home for week to allow my jaw to rest. While I was home, I was asking myself the question every day, “Am I fulfilled?” The answer was, “No, I am not fulfilled?” But, I felt I couldn’t leave. I am loyal and felt I had to stay. Well, that was my excuse anyway…
I told myself I would not look for a job and that things would get better. I remember saying to my Mom, “I don’t feel like looking for a new job but if a new opportunity manifests on it’s own, I would pursue it.” The very next day my new opportunity was waiting for me in my inbox. I love when the Universe answers the call that quick. Within a few days I approached my new manager and asked him I could take a one year assignment outside of our organization. Not a easy thing to ask and he was certainly in a tough spot. But, he said yes because he believed it was the right thing to do.
So, I decided to leave a group I worked in for the last ten years and following my soul’s calling towards work I hope will be more fulfilling. Today was my last day. I am nervous. I am scared. I am excited. I am proud of myself for having the courage to step outside of the comfort zone. I am proud of myself for following the signs the Universe was giving me. I am a whole mixture of emotions today. I am trusting that I am being lead to another step on the road to my highest good and I am letting go of being comfortable.
When I started school back in May to learn how to eat better and how to take better care of myself, I never thought it would lead to me changing jobs. My first day in my new job is Monday. Well, honestly, Monday is my official first day but it’s also kind of a transition day so probably my real first day is Tuesday. I will be writing about this exciting journey I am on over the next year. Please read along and see what happens as I start exploring life outside of comfort zone.
I ask you today, “Are you fulfilled in your Primary Foods?” If you would like to learn more about Primary Foods or would like to schedule a 30 minutes consultation to explore if my health coaching services would be of benefit to you, I invite you to either visit the Coaching Services page of this website and or contact me directly at:
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