Get Kerried Away writes:
Lauren Nixon is a Food & Wellness Educator based out of Washington, D.C, who who guides people in cultivating spirit-filled lives through self-care practices and real, healthy food. The attention and care that she devotes to eating and living well are palpable, and it’s an honor and joy to have the opportunity to share our conversation here. Catch up on Part 1 here, where Lauren shares her self-care practices, if you haven’t already! – xx K
1. What is intuitive eating?
For me, intuitive eating is a really amazing dialogue between your body and your emotions. When many people think about eating, they merely think of relieving themselves of hunger. But the five senses are heavily involved in every thing that we do. Honoring our five senses, our physical cravings, and our ever-changing palates (especially in the midst of seasonal changes, emotional changes, and physical changes) is really at the core of eating intuitively. So is honoring your body’s wisdom to know what whole, real foods would best nourish you in any given moment.
For me intuitive eating is decidedly intentional and paced. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you craft an intuitive eating experience when you’re on the run. There is so much power in the relationship between cooking at home and eating intuitively in order to craft an experience that is yours and only yours.
“Intuitive eating is a really amazing dialogue between your body and your emotions.”
For me, eating intuitively involves tapping into the following questions:
- How do I feel? Am I in my most balanced state of being?
- What textures are of interest to me today? The crunch of raw cabbage? The soft bite of a roasted sweet potato?
- What flavors will make me feel like my best self? A warm hit of garam masala? Simple salt and pepper? Smoky paprika?
- What scents will create a fulfilling environment for me? The smell of sweet honey dissolving in hot tea? Chicken roasting away in the oven?
- How much or little do I need to eat in order to feel nourished? Is a snack or a full meal the best fit?
- What colors will excite my palate? (The deep orange skin of a kabocha squash? The intense purple coat of an eggplant?)
- How can I create a meal that honors my needs in this very moment?