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. WIAW … round ten .

July 13, 2011

What’s up Wednesday! You’re not lookin’ any better, but at least you’re tastin’ mighty fine πŸ˜€ And if we can’t celebrate the weather, then at least we can throw a party and celebrate the food. Yippee!

Thank you, WIAW, for bringing a little sunshine to this girl’s otherwise cloudy day. And thank you, Jenn, for being the ever-gracious hostess.

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Sometimes Most of the time, the things I do make no sense. Case in point: I eat hot oats on hot days, and cold oats on cold days. I’m not really sure what was going through my head while I was making these last night, but I decided today would be a good day to have overnight oats forΒ breakfast

… blueberry coconut overnight oats, to be more precise. Last night I combined:

  • Β½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • ΒΌ cup Greek yogurt
  • Β½ cup coconut milk (from a can)

… and let it mingle in the fridge overnight. This morning I added some blueberries and slivered almonds, and went to town.

There’s no denying that this was a tasty way to start the day, but after a few bites, I found myself missing my beloved chocolate pudding oats and wishing that I was eating those instead.

Sometimes I try and switch up my meals for the sake of variety, but what ends up happening most of the time is that I just miss my standard favorites. Ahh well. At least I had more luck switching up myΒ pre-workout/mid-morning snack

That would be a protein cookie dough ballΒ and an empty bowl that was at some prior point filled with a mix of cottage cheese and strawberry Greek yogurt. What? I got hungry…

Thankfully, I didn’t regret deviating from the banana/AB/chocolate pre-workout snack that I usually have, because this gave me all the energy I needed to power through today’s strength training routine. Boom. I’m definitely going to be feeling that one tomorrow. Lunges, you kill me.

And because lifting fires up my appetite like nothing else, I was more than ready to eat again when Β lunch timeΒ rolled around, but I decided to stick to the tried-and-true instead of trying to come up with something new, because my brain doesn’t work so well when it needs food…

Standard yogurt mess: Greek yogurt, Kashi Honey Sunshine, puffed wheat, Puffins, and trail mix.

&

Mango Tofu Protein Pudding with a salad beast that always includes: red bell peppers, cocktail tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, and cucumbers.

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Pretty standard stuff. Nothing fancy or new.

BUT! for the past week or so, I haveΒ been dabbling with something new – I’ve been having aΒ dessertΒ alongside my lunch…

Chocolate chip oatmeal muffin

If you recall, last week I wrote a post about feeling slightly off and not knowing whether or not it was due to hunger. In the end, I decided to think less, eat more, and see what happened.

Best. decision. ever.

I’ll probably go into more detail about some of the things that I’ve figured out/noticed in tomorrow’s post, but yeah… dessert after lunch is definitely going to become a regular thing around these parts. As are these muffins. Gah.Β After a few hours of running errands, I was more than ready for anΒ afternoon snackΒ and decided to dig into another one…

… along with some almond butter protein frosting and a bowl of fresh summer fruit…

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Thankfully, that managed to hold me over untilΒ dinner, at which point yet another repeat offender made an appearance…

Sweet and savory oats

And I’m not 100% decided on what myΒ bedtime snackΒ will be, but right now I’m leaning towards my favorite bowl of bedtime oat bran…

… with Greek yogurt, flaxmeal, and maple syrup.

Best lullaby ever.

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As you’ve probably noticed, I eat a lot of the same meals/snacks on a regular basis. Today’s eats even included 3 bowls of oats, which is actually a pretty common thing. Do I see it as a problem?

Naaaaaah.

I know a lot of people attribute a lack of variety to lingering disordered behaviors, but for me the opposite is actually true. When I was in the depths of my ED, I was completely obsessed with making sure that I ate as many different foods as I possibly could throughout the course of a day, to the point where I wasn’t “allowed” to have the same food twice in one day, and my meals had to be completely different from one day to the next.

Exhausting.Β For real.

So, the fact that I can repeatedly eat the same thing and not spend hours thinking about food and trying to come up with new meals is actually a good thing. And to be honest, my stomach has been a lot less temperamental since I’ve cut down on the number of different foods I eat – I guess it wasn’t too big on having to digest so many different things, either.

Variety is great, and all, but I love/crave what I eat, and as long as I enjoy it, I’ll eat it as much as I want. And when I get tired of it? Only thenΒ will I move on to something new…

Sorry for being boring… except not really πŸ˜‰

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Do you eat a lot of the same things every day, or do you like to vary it up?

Do you ever switch up your eats only to wish you’d just stuck to what you normally have?

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  1. July 13, 2011 5:15 pm

    OMG can i please copy and paste what u said into a post for me! ppl accuse me of the SAME THING and i need that message to come across exactly!!!
    BTW YUM EATs!

  2. July 13, 2011 5:20 pm

    I love that bowl that had your pre-workout cottage cheese in it! So cute! I do TRY to mix it up, but most days I end up having quite repetitive meals. Like you I eat what I crave though so I don’t mind being a bit repetitive. Sure makes bulk grocery shopping a lot easier πŸ™‚

  3. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:24 pm

    I see no problem at all eating the foods you like! People are always like you need to switch things up have some variety….and I do, but I crave some staples as well! And I don’t see a problem with that at all! Why not eat something you like!?!?!

  4. July 13, 2011 5:26 pm

    For the past two years I’d never made the same meal, not twice. However, the past few weeks I’ve been trying the concept of “leftovers” as, I’d gotten a little obsessed with making new dishes… leftovers however are such a gift that I don’t know why I was being so crazy before. This gives me so much more time to do things at night now.

    Lately, when I’ve been switching up certain meals I definitely feel as though I want to be eating the meals that I’ve gotten attached too, especially when it comes to certain smoothies in the morning.

    Love WIAW, I did my first one today! :D… well half of my day at least…

    Samantha
    http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

  5. July 13, 2011 5:28 pm

    I think I go through little phases. For the most part I like variety in my eats, but when I stumble upon something fabulous I tend to linger on it for a while until I get bored and move on…only exception: bbq & pb&j…nevah evah gonna get tired of that!

    Ugh, I HATE it when I decide to eat something else from what I originally thought of…I ALWAYS end up regretting it!

    Oh and I love your OO’s with canned coconut milk! I’ve never tried that before. I bet it amped up the richness! Mmm!

  6. July 13, 2011 5:29 pm

    wowowowowowow everything looks amazing here girl. I really try to vary things in my diet just so that I can be sure I am nourishing my body enough, but I usually stick to the same few meals πŸ™‚ Every once in a while I will find something on sale or buy it on a whim and change things slightly, but that is pretty rare!!

  7. July 13, 2011 5:30 pm

    I eat a lot of the same things on a daily basis, but then again I go through stages of certain favorite meals, so I guess I do change it up eventually. I used to think things like, “No, I can’t have peanut butter, I already had some today,” but that’s just silliness. If you like something, why not eat it more than once in a day?

  8. July 13, 2011 5:31 pm

    Woohoo for a #WIAW! It looks AMAZING πŸ™‚ I wish I had had all this food this afternoon when my appetite (once again!) raged! Way better than pretzels, almonds and chocolate chips!

  9. July 13, 2011 5:35 pm

    I am with you on eating the same foods.. day in and day out. Multiple times a day.. and what have you! I too, often try and mix things up – get creative.. NOT have oats for breakfast.. or the same sandwich for lunch.. same snacks. same times. SOme people may think this is odd… but I LOVE it. Because I love what I eat. It tastes good.. I look forward to eating it.. and nothing else is appealing to me at that point in time!

  10. July 13, 2011 5:40 pm

    I eat the same way! the same things againandagain until I am sick of them πŸ™‚

  11. July 13, 2011 5:46 pm

    oats 3 times a day sounds like a great day in my book! I think as long as you are eating what you want, when you want…there is nothing wrong with eating the same thing. Like I always like to say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

  12. July 13, 2011 5:47 pm

    I pretty much eat the same thing every day. #storyofmylife

  13. sarah permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:50 pm

    You make THE.BEST.FOOD, for real!(Know wonder you like to do repeat eats!)I made the choc chip oatmeal muffins & they are ridiculously delicious, its love<3 . I keep getting obsessed with your recipes- you have created many addictions- kinda love it though.
    I ( like most people I'd say) eat a lotta the same things everyday- when you find something you like why mess with a good thing?
    Beautiful, yummy post as always,
    Xxx

  14. July 13, 2011 5:51 pm

    I try to mix things up, but some things are just too good not to repeat! I’ve had overnight oats every morning for the past 5 days and I don’t regret it. But I mix up the flavor combos so it doesn’t get old. The only problem is that I run out of certain things on a weekly basis, like oats, dates, Greek yogurt and bananas–but I can always go food shopping, right? πŸ˜‰

  15. July 13, 2011 5:52 pm

    I like to vary my eats throughout a single day, but I have no problem eating the same thing for a meal for few days in a row. I just feel like as much as it is important to eat what you crave, you need some variety in your diet for good nutrition. For instance, if I ate some kind of rice-based cereal in the morning, I’ll opt for whole grain (wheat) sprouted bread for lunch or snack.
    I’m really interested in what your tomorrow’s post will be. My raging appetite back in May is “back” and I’m eating twice as much as I used to. I just eat when I feel hungry, but by the end of day I start to feel insecure because…it just seems way too much!

  16. buttonss permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:53 pm

    I definitely love to eat the same thing everyday. and there aint nothin’ wrong about that.

  17. July 13, 2011 5:55 pm

    I’m guilty of eating basically the same meals/snacks everyday. I do try to switch it up occasionally just because I feel like I need to … but 9 times out of 10 I end up disappointed. I know what my body likes and wants and I see nothing wrong with repeating that day after day πŸ™‚

  18. July 13, 2011 5:58 pm

    Oh girl, you’re not boring. You know me- I’ll eat oats all day every day! We should get together and have an oat-eating marathon! πŸ˜‰ As you say- the most important thing is that you eat what you eat because you want it, not because of fear of any sort.

    Your eats look delicious and gorgeous as usual! Once my muffins are through I’m going to have to get on making yours… YUM!

    I do try to switch things up. I’m like you, though, where I tend to be disappointed if I don’t get what I want. Sometimes I don’t even realize that’s what I wanted until after-the-fact!

    Love you, chica! ❀

  19. July 13, 2011 5:59 pm

    Love that last bit on the end, there – especially because I’ve been eating a lot of the same meals lately, too. I don’t mind πŸ˜‰ If I’m feeling like cooking I do love mixing it up a bit, and when I have a lot of time I love trying new stuff. But lately…it’s usually “what is good and fast?”
    don’t fix what’s not broken, after all!

  20. July 13, 2011 6:02 pm

    I love that you don’t care that you eat the same thing everyday. I’ve noticed during the past few weeks I’m not afraid to have the same foods twice in one day. It does get exhausting to make so many different meals in one day! I love the cat bowl it’s adorable!

    I’ve switched up what I’ve eaten many times and regretted my decision! I need to just go with my instincts and eat what I want.

  21. July 13, 2011 6:15 pm

    I’m pretty conservative toward my foods: oatmeal, cereals, fruits, eggs… But sometimes I like to try some new recipes or new food that I find at the grocery store. I think variety makes life better!
    Sometimes, I can eat two times the same thing during the day … but it is often Greek yogurt with fruits!

    and Ohh! I love your bowl with cat face πŸ™‚

  22. July 13, 2011 6:21 pm

    I totally agree with you Amanda! You should eat what you want and what you crave! As long as you feel great thats all that matters! I too tend to stick with a few stple eals and when i feel like getting creative then i do!

  23. July 13, 2011 6:25 pm

    I like to switch it up! I do go through food phases though; I’ll try a new food and I’ll be like OMG HOW HAVE I LIVED WITHOUT THIS IN MY LIFE and then I make it for two weeks in a row and then I’m sick of it and onto something new.

    There are always staples though; an oatmeal breakfast bowl never gets old!

  24. July 13, 2011 6:27 pm

    Yum your food looks awesome! I am pretty boring with my meals too…I crave a lot of the same things day after day. Obviously I deviate from the norm sometimes, but if I didn’t like the food that I eat consistently, then I wouldn’t be eating it πŸ™‚

  25. July 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Yummm your oats all look delish πŸ™‚ I just have a quick question, do your family mind that you eat different foods to them? Like, say with dinner time, do they accept that you will always have your own foods or does it bother them…i just know with my family they immediatley assume its ED related and that im scared of what their eating even if i genuinley dont like it!! Just wondering if this applys to you atall! πŸ™‚

    • July 13, 2011 8:21 pm

      No they don’t mind what I eat – they’re just happy that I’m eating. We’ve never really been the type of family to sit down to dinner on a regular basis… everyone’s always busy running around, so we all do our own thing.

  26. July 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    Woot Woot for a sweet WIAW by you ; )

    Loving the oatmeal combo with the coconut , I bet that was amazing , looks good !

    Girl, my eats can get boring, I eat a lot of the same stuff too, especially when it comes to dinner, its all good ; ) I believe eat what you crave, all the way!

    Love ya! xoxo

  27. July 13, 2011 6:36 pm

    I eat a lot of the same foods each day — honestly I started doing that because I like certain foods so I eat them over and over again, plus it keeps my grocery list simple!

  28. July 13, 2011 6:56 pm

    Lunch looks perfect. Simple yet good, and the muffin didn’t hurt either!

    I hate it when I switch up and get let down, but it let’s me appreciate my usual east much more.

  29. July 13, 2011 7:01 pm

    I literally eat the same things for the same meals everyday…no one gets how I do it but I truly love what I eat. When I get bored, I switch it up πŸ™‚

  30. July 13, 2011 7:07 pm

    All of your snacks are so tasty tasty tasty looking!! I could kick it with the same 5 foods all day errry day!

  31. July 13, 2011 7:12 pm

    Switcher’s Remorse! Yes, I get that all the time.

  32. July 13, 2011 7:14 pm

    Variety is overrated πŸ˜‰
    If you enjoy what you eat, I wouldn’t change a thing. That’s the way I see it!

    I’ve been known to eat 2 slices of bread with every meal, because I love it that much πŸ˜›

  33. July 13, 2011 7:32 pm

    Coconut milk in overnight oats is such a good idea!!! Ohmygosh i can’t wait to try that.

    I definitely vary my foods throughout the day, but I tend to have the same things every day. Banana with nut butter, salad, yogurt mess, etc. but I change the flavors and toppings so it’s always a little different.

  34. July 13, 2011 7:36 pm

    I DO eat a lot of the same things over and over. My breakfasts are a variation among waffles/pancakes, cereal, oats, or yogurt bowls.. changes depending on the season and my mood. I’ve been eating more cereal lately but I’ve been CRAVING stovetop oats. Might have to happen soon…
    And I WILL be making those muffins mam, they sound delicious!

  35. July 13, 2011 7:36 pm

    another yummy WIAW! ❀ girl.. i'm on a muffin kick today!!! I've eaten 4. FOUR!!!!! and they were delicious! I had pumpkin staring me in the face and made choc chip walnut pumpkin muffins. divinely dangerous =)

  36. July 13, 2011 7:50 pm

    I’m pretty sure you’re the oat bowl queen. Every post of yours makes me want to run to the kitchen and make a bowl of oats. It never seems to be the appropriate time (aka I’ve usually just eaten!) so I never do. But I’ve been skimping on my oats eating lately so I need to take a page out of your book and oat it up!

    I seem to eat a lot of different random things… and my stomach always seems to be pretty temperamental lately. Hmm. Maybe this repeat eat business IS a really good thing to get into. I mean, my meals are FAIRLY similar across the board but I do often feel like I can’t or shouldn’t repeat the same things in a day or even between consecutive days. Why, I have NO idea. What the heck is wrong with oatmeal for every meal? Clearly everything is RIGHT about it.

    In conclusion, I love how you eat πŸ™‚

  37. Lindsey permalink
    July 13, 2011 7:52 pm

    I just found your blog yesterday and LOVE it!! I cannot wait to try those muffins! And I love that you eat strawberry yogurt and cottage cheese because I eat that all the time πŸ™‚

  38. July 13, 2011 8:25 pm

    I could not agree more. I get in food “ruts” – but I don’t like to refer to them as “ruts” because a) that’s an ugly word and b) I ENJOY eating the same general things and I’ll change it up if I feel like it. If it ain’t broke why fix it?

    πŸ™‚

  39. July 13, 2011 8:26 pm

    Ok, your breakie looks great! That is one awesome pic πŸ™‚ Nomnomnom!

  40. sunshinevegan permalink
    July 13, 2011 8:27 pm

    I like a lot of the same foods and I eat them a lot cause they’re my favorite foods! If I didn’t like them enough to eat them over and over, I probably wouldn’t be eating them in the first place!
    I always love your WIAWs:)

  41. July 13, 2011 9:18 pm

    This post was awesome. Boo-yah! Oatmeal is GOOD! πŸ˜€

  42. Victoria permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:22 pm

    I have never commented before, but just wanted to express my admiration for your posts and ability to express yourself in a dignified, well thought out manner. You obviously put a lot of thought into your blog and convey your reasoning and motivation towards your recovery and food choices brilliantly.

    My two cents about the repetitive food choices is that every human whether they’ve been disordered or not is that we each have a variety of 20-30 foods that we base our diet around. These main foods vary from person to person, but we all utilise these base foods for the majority of our diets. It is fairly common that meals are repeated thousands of times throughout an individuals lifestyle. For example, my parents eat the same meal for breakfast every morning – porridge in the winter with fruit and cereal & toast in the warmer months. So I don’t think you are trying to cling to your disorder at all (not that it matters what i think at all, because your food and consumption is not for me to judge).

    Humans are creatures of habit and this is reflected in not only our food choices but our behaviours towards clothing choices to how we drive, to our relationships and beyond.

    Thanks again for such a great post.
    Victoria

  43. July 13, 2011 9:46 pm

    This is along the same lines of my post yesterday, so as you already know, I definitely stick to a lot of the same foods! What’s good is good!

  44. July 13, 2011 9:52 pm

    Aye, I eat the same breakfasts and lunches (ie oats in some form for breakfast and a sandwich and something else for lunch) and my snacks just tend to be rotated. Dinners are different because that’s when I have the time to experiment but usually I stick with the same things for the same reason as you – I like them!! There’s nothing wrong with that!

    OMG yes I have definitely experienced regret when switching up my eats. Like the other day, I decided to have granola and yoghurt as a snack instead of my dark chocolate cookies and milk and I regrettttttted it because I NEED CHOCOLATE IN THE AFTERNOON OR I’LL DIEEEEEEEEEEEEE. The reason why I didn’t die is because I nibbled on a piece of chocolate to take away the MADNESS. But the moral of the story is to eat chocolate. every. day. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    xxx

  45. July 13, 2011 10:14 pm

    I usually eat the same breakfast or lunch. It just varies on what I want. Lately I just want a smoothie so I’ll have that or I just eat eggs.

    Eating what you love/crave/want is totally fine.

    I love oats before bed. If I’m hungry before I go to sleep, I tell my mom to make me some oatmeal. Hah. Too bad she’s not here except I’m not hungry. I just had German chocolate cake.

  46. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    July 13, 2011 10:39 pm

    I sometimes even wish I ate more different meals daily πŸ™‚ But I have my favourites that I love and enjoy and find tasty, so I always go for them πŸ™‚ I think that eating what we find tasty and good foor us is actually really the best what we can do:)

  47. Lilly permalink
    July 13, 2011 10:44 pm

    I tend to eat similar stuff each day, it is easier and takes less time and I already know I love it :)But it is not the same exact thing day in and day out, just similar stuff with different flair. Yet I do like variety too, I like to experiment when I have extra time or going out to a new place I like to try something new because I might find a new “thing” to add. Eating what you crave is what I find most important!

  48. July 14, 2011 1:24 am

    I go through phases of food and eat them repetitively because I enjoy them. Food is pleasure and if it tastes good, why only eat it occasionally?

  49. July 14, 2011 1:56 am

    I do quite like variety now. my ed was the oposite though I literally ate the same foods for months on end everyday. Their is only so many time syou can eat a boiled egg for dinner!! So now I eat different things although I do have my staples like apples, yogurts, and oatmeal which I eat every day pretty much. I feel that you should just eat what you like if you don’t like something you shouldn’t eat it just to show variety.

  50. Georgia permalink
    July 14, 2011 2:51 am

    Hmm… I confess I eat exactly the same thing every day, until dinnertime, which will be some variation of veggies/protein source/carb source. And my day will ALWAYS end with a bowl of homemade yogurt, no matter what time. Yum. I admit I am still recovering and regaining normal food habits, but at the same time, I adore what I eat and I really do look forward to what I have for each meal and snack, day in, day out. I’ve thought about it and I think that even though I have been in recovery for a little over a year now, after such restriction for so long, food still seems a little like a real novelty for me and so I want to be sure I enjoy every bite I have – maybe to avoid the possibility of a ‘wasted’ meal?
    Sometimes I wish I would get sick of my meals so I can branch out a bit – how is it that can I eat the exact same thing for a good year and still crave it daily?! – but I have to say, on the odd occassion that I do (like when eating out) satiety-wise it’s not usually worth it and I can’t wait to get back to my usuals! Although socially I know it is always worth it to get out there and not retreat from the world in order to stick to my food.
    Thanks for showing that we are not alone or weird in this, that it’s okay!

    • July 14, 2011 9:23 am

      Sure its okay πŸ˜€ I think one of most difficult things about recovery is that we tend to overanalyze our behaviors because it can be hard to tell what thoughts come from the healthy part of our mind, and what thoughts come from the disordered part… Is this normal? Is this my ED? Is this what I want?… We can drive ourselves crazy with these kind of questions and still never really find a good answer. The best thing to do is stop thinking so much and just go with the flow πŸ™‚

  51. allthingswholesome permalink
    July 14, 2011 2:58 am

    Hey girly,

    very yummy eats, I know i said this on your previous post but i actually think i have fallen in love with your muffins. Oh gosh that actually sounds a little rude. hahaha you know exactly what I mean.
    I have a hard time changing around my breakfasts but the rest of the day, im perfectly happy to eat what ever despite already having the same thing, I figure why not eat the foods I love all of the time, makes it so much fun. πŸ˜€

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

  52. July 14, 2011 4:15 am

    I don’t think you should have to justify the way you eat.

    Honestly, with your post and Carrie/Freya’s problems with this I really think people need to be less concerned with others’ eating habits and more attentive towards their own. When you have an ED background, everyone under the Sun likes to come across and pick on every little habit as ‘abnormal’ either because it makes them feel insecure in their own style of eating or because they have very narrow conceptions of what ‘normality’ is.

    The most ‘normal’ people I know are men. Men at my gym who don’t have any concept of eating disorders, who run marathons and want to be strong and uber-fit (and goodness me, they are!) And they eat the same range of foods, day in, day out. One has had the same porridge combination for brekkie every day for the past eight years, without deviation. Another has a variation on eggs/beans/mushrooms/toast/tomatoes for two out of three meals regularly. Are they disordered? Nope.

    Like you, when I was a restrictive eater (as opposed to an overeater as I am now) I HAD to have tonnes of variety. I could never eat the same thing twice, even if it was a vegetable. But when I was little with few ‘issues’ with food I always ate Weetabix for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch (tuna mayo before being veggie, red leicester cheese after) and some kind of pasta bake for dinner, with fruit, chocolate or my Mum’s baking for snacks. Now I go through food obsessions (protein oats last year, then polenta, now green smoothies) and although I know I’m still very disordered, I don’t think that lack of variety inherently indicates a disorder, just as eating a lot of volume foods does not.

    Eat what you want, want what you eat. If you’re strong and healthy then any naysayers can bugger off, pardon my French.

    xxx

    • July 14, 2011 6:07 am

      I’ve thought about this some more (apologies for spamming your comments section with my thoughts…) and because I suffer from BED I might have a different view to most other people on this. When I’m bingeing, I don’t eat the same foods either. I move from one food to the next to the next, because nothing is ultimately satisfying.

      The only times I’m approaching anywhere near a reasonable attitude IS usually when I’m repeating foods. I think perhaps most people that don’t focus on food, or make it the be all and end all of their lives, just eat on the hoof and do tend to repeat things. Not that striving for variety is bad at all, but I don’t think it’s necessary to feel any guilt at all over not branching out, so long as the reasons are not motivated by fear of the other foods, and only each individual knows that for themselves, despite the people out there that like to presume they know exactly what others are thinking.

  53. July 14, 2011 5:01 am

    It can be rather annoying having people make all sorts of assumptions about your food, which people WILL DO no matter what. I think it can be helpful though (GASP)…call me crazy! Whenever someone says something about my eating choices, patterns, etc. I just ask myself if it’s true or not and either way I DONT LET IT BOTHER ME. Sometimes other people will notice things that you wont and that can be a good thing. Other times, people will noticce absurd things that are not true at all–just ignore those things. Main point: what most people think, doesnt matter! I know thats a hard concept to understand and I think most people with ED’s or who had ED’s are a very sensitive bunch (myself included). It’s so important though to realize that you CANNOT and will not be able to ever “eat perfectly” be perfect to EVERYONE! It’s not possible. Someone is always going to have something to say about you. That’s why developing confidence and love for yourself on a whole is sooo important! πŸ˜‰

    xxo

  54. July 14, 2011 5:18 am

    Goodness I just love every post you write… of course I can relate to all of them so very well! I eat the same things all of the time, because they taste so good and I know I am getting the correct nutrients I need for my body. It is hard to continuously come up with new things to eat, especially when you are hungry!
    It’s interesting that during the worst of your ED you would try and eat differently all of the time… for me, I stuck to the same.exact.thing. day in and day out because I “knew” this method worked for weight loss. It was pretty boring and sad to tell you the truth- forcing yourself to eat “safe” foods all of the dang time. ugh!

  55. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    July 14, 2011 6:26 am

    Awwww πŸ˜€ I love this! It is so important to respect your cravings, and I am glad you found which way your body operates best. Personally, I need variety in my diet or else my stomach goes crazy. If I don’t mix up my meals, then my stomach will start hurting like crazy! But that’s just how I work. Everyone’s different. We all just need to find what works best for ourselves πŸ˜€

  56. July 14, 2011 6:30 am

    You make your overnight oats look so good! But when I tried OO with yogurt and milk, I really didn’t like them… that was last summer though so maybe they deserve another shot. That was definitely an example of when I tried to switch up my breakfast and regretted it. πŸ˜›

    I don’t tend to eat a lot of the same foods in one day, but I don’t really think it’s a problem if you do. If you don’t eat what you’re craving, then you’re not going to enjoy your meal… and what’s the fun in that?

  57. July 14, 2011 6:39 am

    Your muffins always leave me daydreaming. I really, really, really want a fresh warm homemade muffin. Sigh. I’ll buy an oven toaster when I move next month!

    I usually prefer variety. If I eat the same thing more than two days in a row, I get bored. There are very few things that are always welcome on my table. Moussaka and banana sandwich are the magic words. Repetitive eating was a part of my big bad weight loss plan and not really a part of who I am. But I quite often have “Never again!” moments while experimenting with new food πŸ˜€ .

  58. July 14, 2011 6:51 am

    Breakfast and lunch are usually the same every day for me…but I always eat different dinners! I find that I get stuck on cycles where I really love a certain food for awhile (bananas one week and sliced peaches the next), but I try to make myself try new foods! Trying more things has made cooking and eating a lot more fun.

  59. runningonapples permalink
    July 14, 2011 7:19 am

    This post makes me feel a little better, I tend to eat the same foods all the time. When I try to deviate, I regret not having what I usually do. Also, when I want to make something different I tend to obsess more about what im going to make. Great post though!

  60. July 14, 2011 7:20 am

    SO GLAD you posted this! I still feel like I’m in the place where every single meal has to be different during the week…if I repeat something it’s going to be “too much” of that one food and my body will hate me for it. So I try to vary it up, but then I miss the food that I actually wanted to eat. It’s good to know that thinking lesss and worrying less about switching things up really works-I’m gonna have to get to that place soon!

  61. July 14, 2011 7:31 am

    I eat a lot of the same stuff every day. I’m going on two months of eating the same breakfast each day. If I try to make something else I just don’t feel satisfied and wish I’d made my usual breakfast.

    All your oat creations look awesome. I love the lighting on the photos.. it’s beautiful!

  62. July 14, 2011 9:26 am

    I don’t know why some people have an issue when you eat similar foods, we all have our favorities and our cravings and there’s nothing wrong with that! I personally like a lot of variety but still always come back to my fave meals of green smoothies and big salads. My husband eats oatmeal every single day for breakfast and would happily eat pasta every single day too, I love the fact that we are all different in those ways πŸ™‚ Your breakfast does sound lovely, especially using proper coconut milk πŸ™‚

  63. July 14, 2011 10:31 am

    I have a pretty steady routine of meals I like. That being said, it does change but only after I totally exaust a food obsession. Overnight oats..for a while I could not get enough of them, now I never think about eating them. Currently, I am eating enough spinach that I should be turining green anyday now:) Give the body what it wants:)

  64. July 14, 2011 10:37 am

    Oh yeeah I deffo sometimes try something new just to wish I had stuck to my old faithful!!
    I’m deffo making those muffins btw! πŸ˜€

  65. July 14, 2011 11:07 am

    I’ve never been accused for not having variety in my diet, but my family does sometimes point out that I am, yet again, eating hot cereal or have to have peanut butter on everything (i do. It’s good on pizza, did you know? ;)). I eat a lot of the same base foods, but I switch up the way I eat them (or nit, deepening on how I feel). For example, nut butter can be used in/as a mix in, a spread, a topping, a smoothie. The same with hot cereal. I like to eat simple foods but love to vary the ways I eat them, ni addition to eating them in the same traditional ways a lot. In my sister’s words: “you take a very simple food and add lots of other simple things to it [generally in the form of toppings, I might add] to make it complicated”.

    She’s got some smarts, my sis does πŸ˜€

    ps: I have to agree on the overnight oats. I am not a big fan (weird and sorta slimy to me). I am not the biggest fans of oats in general, actually. They just don’t fill me up at all, and I prefer soft and creamy hot cereals.

    • July 14, 2011 11:09 am

      I should clarify, that NOW I am not told I eat no variety. When I was in the midst of my disordered eating, I ate a very small range of watery, low-calories foods, and my mom certainly noticed. Now I eat those same foods, because I love them, but am not afraid to branch out or embellish them with high-calories things if I want. I am more open to tyring new things now that I am more ED free.

  66. July 14, 2011 11:21 am

    I try to vary it up but sometimes I just am stuck on eating the same breakfasts everyday because oats are just so darn delicious!

  67. July 14, 2011 12:38 pm

    Ah, that is some really yummi meals you had Amanda! I want all of them πŸ˜€
    I think it is completely normal (and healthy) to eat the same food over and over. Why should you use half your day to figure out new combinations and meals! And as good as you are on listening to your hunger and craving, I think your body will ask for excatelly what it wants-when it needs it!

    And this was not a boring post- you have never ever posted a post I havent enjoyed reading!
    ❀

  68. July 14, 2011 12:43 pm

    All your food looks so good. Love the overnight oats with blueberry and coconut.

  69. July 14, 2011 2:50 pm

    I do this all the time! I have a standard set of “normal” meals that I repeat so frequently its ridiculous (case and point: chocolate cheesecake for breakfast EVERY DAY.) But they’re just so good that I don’t want to stop eating them! I know someday will come when I eventually get sick of it (I used to eat a bowl of cottage cheese/yogurt/cereal/fruit/peanut butter for breakfast everyday for about 2 years) and will move onto something else. Its just the way it is for me. If I branch out, I’m almost ALWAYS disappointed…

    Dinner’s the one exception. That’s different a lot, because I have to eat what my family’s eating (unless its a “fend for yourself” night, like last night when I had two varities of cake for dinner, lol.) But we still have our favorites: fajita night, taco night, pizza night…

  70. July 14, 2011 3:04 pm

    Mmmmm I’m loving all those EATS! The bowl of summer fruit looks perfect β™₯ So glad you’re feeling better with eating more btw!
    I totally agree with you- eating the same stuff everyday is the BEST! I enjoy what I eat…so what if it’s too darn repetitive? I never enjoy it if I’m only changing it up because I think I’ve been eating it “too much” -.-

  71. July 14, 2011 3:21 pm

    Keep eating what you crave lady! Even if it’s 3 bowls of oats a day, or nothing but carrots all month. If that’s what you want, honour it! I am so. friggin’. fed. up. of people thinking that you MUST have variety or you BLATES have an ED. It is infuriating.
    I go through phases, and I’ll eat the same thing every day for 2months, then not touch it for 2months. So what? It’s what I want! I can remember so many times when I’ve thought ‘yeah I should switch it up now…just cos I should’, not cos I want to. And every time I’ve done that, I’ve finsihed the meal and just thought ‘meh’, not ‘aahh that was delicious!’ like I would if I’d followed the craving! Freedom with food comes from variety yes, but freedom with food also comes from allowing yourself to eat the same meal over and over – it’s about eating what you want.

  72. July 15, 2011 6:14 am

    How do you keep your muffins from molding??? I let mine cool out completely and then put them in a container, but after like 3 days they get a strong stench (esp. ones made with bananas), and they get sweaty and mold. 😦

  73. July 15, 2011 10:34 am

    I’ve switched my breakfast quite a few times and wish I’d just been smart and stuck with my original intent of eating what I had planned on eating. Now I try and just eat what I crave instead of always trying to switch it up.
    Now, once I find something I like, I like to stick with it πŸ™‚ And then when I get tired of it I move on and eat that for a while and then it continues on. It’s a delicious cycle πŸ˜›
    Dessert after lunch is simply amazinggggg πŸ™‚

  74. beckafly permalink
    July 16, 2011 9:40 pm

    Your meals and snacks all look so yummy. I can sometimes eat the same things over and over-I go by what my body is craving and what I enjoy. I really love bananas for instance and have at least one a day, same way with veggies like lettuce, beans, etc.

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