Nicolas is so good at what he does, that he turned a vegan into a meat eater on the Iceland retreat. “They didn’t eat meat because, where they lived, they couldn’t source a very good, sustainable, or well-treated animal,” he said. “When I told them that it was an organic animal that came from a farm down the road, and these are their practices, they said they would eat the meat. I call them ‘flexi-tarians’,” he added, with a grin.
He went on to elaborate that we are now the modern-day hunter-gatherers, but we have to be cognizant of everything. “Most people go to the grocery store out of ease,” he said, “ but if we have to forage for our own food, that’s a whole different ball game. It’s like on a spiritual level where you connect with the food.”
Teaching at retreats
Depending on how the retreat is set up, Nicolas teaches breathwork and movement classes. Moving forward for retreats, such as The Point Retreats, he’ll be in the kitchen 50% of the time, and then with the guests the rest of the time, teaching classes on foraging, fermentation, bone broth, and breathwork. He wants the guests to be able to adapt everything they learn to their daily life when the retreat is over.
And the biggest takeaway he wants retreat attendees to have? “That you won’t absorb it all,” he said. “So, take notes, and follow up with the teachers and retreat host on their offers.”
So how does one move from mindless eating to intuitive eating? Nicolas explained that most diets are constructed so that people are counting calories, macro-nutrients, and so on. Doing that doesn’t allow them to intuitively know how they feel. He suggests trying a mono-diet, that is, eating one thing for a long time, and then adding items to it. Some people might balk at that idea. However, that’s what parents do with their baby. Gradually introducing other foods to a mono-diet teaches parents about what their baby likes, their bowel movements, and even their demeanor. However, adults don’t do that. We throw all the darts at the dart board, instead of one at a time. Or, some people chase every new diet trend.