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. In Part 1 of this two part series, we chat about her self-care practices. In Part 2, we’ll be talking about intuitive eating. Enjoy! – xx K
Hi, Lauren! Tell us about your self-care practices. How did you arrive at this point of your self-care journey?
Although I’ve always woven various self-care practices into my life, after 6 years of living in New York, I realized that my self-care practices were not enough and that I was living in a city that just wasn’t the right environment for me.
Leaving New York was the first step in revamping my self-care practice. I needed someplace quieter, with more nature, with more space. I needed to feel like I could breathe. After bopping around for a few years to farm and garden and teach and have my quarter life crisis outside of New York, I moved to Washington, D.C. I’m originally from Silver Spring, MD, a metropolitan area that’s right outside of the city, so being back feels like I’m bringing my self-care practice full circle and returning to my home space to gather certain parts of myself from my youth and to have a chat with those parts. It’s nice. And rigorous. For me, physical environment plays a huge role in my internal self-care practice.
Right now, my self-care practice involves gobbling up library books, spending time with my friends, dating, riding my bike, cooking, spending lots of time alone in nature, avoiding drama and low vibrations, and stepping into my authentic self. I also have an asana and pranayama practice and an affinity for journaling that really nourishes me.
How do you keep yourself on the path of self-care?
I keep my self-care practice going because it feels really good. It feels really good to take care of myself and to have energy and to feel healthy, and alert, and strong. It feels good to feel emotionally, intellectually, and physically ready for your day, your week, your month ahead. I also remind myself of what burnout feels like. I’ve been there. It’s not a cute place to be.
My self-care practice doesn’t necessarily require much discipline because I feel so good on a daily basis and I want to maintain that delicious feeling. Of course, there are days when I don’t feel so hot. But that’s when my self-care practice shifts a bit. Sometimes I let myself cry in bed or watch really terrible Netflix movies for a few days. But then I remember that I have a divine purpose and that I need to be an active participant in my self-care practice and that my moping has an expiration date.
It feels good to feel emotionally, intellectually, and physically ready for your day, your week, your month ahead.
What are some of your inspirations?
I’m really influenced by ancestral and feminine knowledge. I’m interested in how people lived, what they ate, and how they sustained themselves before happiness became a commodity. I’m influenced by the knowledge and stories that are passed down by women. I’m influenced by my body. I listen to its cravings, its impulses, its gut feelings. I’m influenced by nature. I’m influenced by my friends. They are good listeners and smart people and forces to be reckoned with.
Are there any resources you turn to?
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a classic. When I was 26, I read it in bed and sobbed like a baby and I’ve been meaning to revisit it. It’s a really powerful call for women to step into their power.
BlackGirlInOm is doing important work. It’s important for women of color to have a space to talk about their lives and experiences.
Reading my horoscope is a really great way to set he tone for my week and to think about how I can best take care of myself and avoid self-induced nonsense and foolishenss. I really like astrobarry, Chani Nicholas, and Susan Miller at Astrology Zone. They keep me on track. I also really appreciate a good tarot reading every few months. I had an awesome reading by Mecca Woods of mylifecreated.com and it was insane how much perspective I received from someone who hasn’t even met me.
Books play a big role in my life and remind me that I’m never alone. This year, I’ve read a lot by really great female authors. I’ve read Danzy Senna, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Helen Oyeyemi and many others. Books remind me that I am a powerful little speck in a big, big world.
Photo of Lauren by Chelsea Keat.
Lauren Nixon is a Food and Wellness Educator who guides youth and adults in creating healthy, nourishing relationships with local, sustainable food through cooking instruction and educational workshops. She has had the pleasure of working with sustainable food and environmental education organizations including FoodCorps, Urban Nutrition Initiative, Raices Eco Culture Micro Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Hidden Villa, and many more. Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenNNixon or at www.laurennixon.com.