Last November during a trip to Australia I found myself in a Starbucks where I had habitually been going every morning to get my Grande Americano with cream. As i was waiting in line to order I realized I didn’t even want coffee. I suddenly didn’t know why I was in line or even why I was at Starbucks to begin with. It had quickly become a habitual thing I did each morning of my vacation -- get up and go to Starbucks.
As I stood in line I began looking at the other options thinking maybe I would just get tea when the thought crossed my mind “What does my body want right now?” As soon as I consciously asked myself that question, I realized that my body was wanting cold pressed juice. I ended up leaving Starbucks and walking to a juice place around the corner where I got an amazing drink that nourished my body and felt like exactly what I needed in that moment.
This experience was a turning point that led me to begin paying more attention to what my body is trying to tell me. It is so easy to get caught up in our habitual routines related to food, forgetting that our body is trying to work with us if only we will stop to listen. As I began my journey toward better communication with my body, I started to realize that my body didn’t want meat, so I stopped eating it for about 6 weeks, regularly checking in with my body until I started feeling like it wanted meat again. This process was so empowering for me as I transitioned more and more into a conscious relationship with food.
I really believe that most of the eating we do in life is unconscious. It is not coming from a place of connecting with our core consciousness, which is always communicating with us. The practice of asking my body how it wants to be fed has resulted in a better relationship with my body. Instead of planning what I’m going to be eating, I’m taking it a day at a time (or even a meal at a time when I can), asking my body how it wants to be fed in order to function at its best ability.
To further this practice, I began working with an intuitive energy worker who has helped me become more in tune with the relationship I have with my body. Through this work, I’ve learned how important it is to actually build a relationship with my body. Think of it this way - when you meet someone for the first time, you introduce yourself, ask them questions, and begin to get to know them. The more you communicate, the better your relationship will be. It’s the same with our body. Listening to your body, talking to your body, checking in with your body is all part of helping you get to know each other and come into alignment.
If you’re ready to begin this journey toward intuitive eating, I recommend you start by asking your body the simple question “How do you want to be fed today?” When we take the time to stop and hear what our body is trying to communicate, our mind and body align and our body is able to work for us, not against us.