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July 30, 2011

Hi friends! πŸ˜€

I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who gets a little sad when a delicious meal comes to an end. It seems that most people experience the “post-meal blues”, especially when it comes to breakfast. Which isn’t surprising, really. Breakfast is, after all, the best meal of the day.

And speaking of breakfast… does anyone else eat theirs in a really particular way? Observe:

This is what my bowl of oats typically looks when I’m halfway through it. I start by nibbling away near the top of the bowl, move to the bottom, and I’m left with a strip in the middle that’s piled high with all the good stuff [read: the almond butter]. In other words, I save the best for last.

That’s how I eat my breakfast every. single. time. Without fail. Without thinking. It just feels right. I actually can’t even imagine starting from the middle and working my way out… it boggles the mind 😯

And breakfast isn’t the only meal where that happens. Lunch is also eaten in a specific way…

The salad is the first thing to go. Always. When that’s all gone, only then do I start on whatever’s left.

I guess you could say that I’m pretty particular when it comes to how I eat. Or what I eat with

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That little spoon probably sees more action than all of our other cutlery combined. I use it to eat pretty much any meal that can be eaten with a spoon. Even if it’s dirty, and there’s a drawer full of other clean spoons to choose from, I’ll still take the extra time to wash it before I sit down to enjoy my meal. Because, call me crazy, but it really doesΒ make a difference in how much I enjoy my food.

As do mini bowls…

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… which are supposedly measuring “cups”, but hey, what’s in a name?

I have no idea where these quirky eating habits came from. I don’t remember ever being so particular when I was younger. I’d eat from any bowl, with any spoon, and wouldn’t give it a second thought. But now? Now I play favorites. Now I’m pretty particular.

Part of me wonders why such seemingly meaningless things hold so much value to me, especially because I remember having suchΒ particular eating habits when I was in the depths of my ED, that if I couldn’t eat in a specific way or with specific utensils, I simply wouldn’t eat. Of course, the habits that I have now aren’t nearly as extreme, but are they lingering remnants of past disordered thinking?

Maybe I’m just over-analyzing things; I have a tendency to do that. Maybe my particular-ness is nothing more than innocent preference. After all, everyone prefers to do things in certain ways…

…like preferringΒ notΒ to bite into ice cream bars πŸ˜‰

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Are you pretty particular when it comes to how you eat?

Any quirky habits?

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  1. July 30, 2011 5:29 pm

    Thankfully I’ve become less particular (and less rigid/obsessive) about how I eat.

    Quirky habits = I look at my cellphone clock or a clock at home and make sure I start eating sometime when it’s an even time number (i.e. – eat at 6:36 instead of 6:35). I need to break this habit because it’s still rigid and BIZARRE.

  2. July 30, 2011 5:33 pm

    I’m totally with you on the little spoons! Those little antique spoons that are sold as collectibles or souvenirs I actually eat with. As for breakfast, I usually go around and around the outside of the bowl until just the center is left. Unfortunately sometimes if the oats are really wet it doesn’t work perfectly. I attribute these to a preference over a rigid thing, but it’s definitely a strong preference πŸ™‚

  3. July 30, 2011 5:33 pm

    I always eat my food in a particular order. Like if I’m eating more than one thing, I eat all of one thing, all of the next thing, and so on… I’ve always done that πŸ˜‰

  4. July 30, 2011 5:34 pm

    Oh yes, I definitely am! I think it’s a kind of obsession thing that’s come about from having an eating disordered but I don’t think it’s disordered. I think I just do it out of habit and preference. These days I eat the way I do (as in with certain utensils/plates/bowls etc) because it feels more satisfying, I guess? I find that if I eat with say another spoon or eat off of another plate, my meal is a lot less satisfying. It sounds so weird when you write it out like this but it’s just the way is is πŸ˜›

    If I’m eating a sandwich with lettuce or some vegetable in it, I open it up, eat the salad first and then enjoy the rest of the sandwich with just the meat and cheese πŸ˜‰

    xxx

  5. July 30, 2011 5:35 pm

    For breakfast I MUST eat my yogurt first, toast second and sliced up apple last (the sliced up is very key – eating apples whole puts me in a bad mood πŸ™‚ ). Some may find this bizarre but it makes me happy and there’s nothing wrong with that!

  6. July 30, 2011 5:36 pm

    I always use little spoons…i’ve been doing it since I was a kid…I think it stemmed from the fear of having my mouth too full if someone asked me a question while i was eating. I also always save my favourite part of the meal for the end

  7. July 30, 2011 5:46 pm

    OH MY GOSH I eat my oats the exact. Same. Way. All that’s left towards the end is a tower of nut-buttered goodness. Edge to middle all the way! I try my darndest to make sure that last bite has nut butter on it, else I’m one unhappy camper. And I also have 4 tiny tiny spoons that I rotate out, and if they’re all dirty- tough. I’m hand-washing one to use. HAHA!

    I’m fairly particular in the way I eat. I’m the same way- tiny bowls, tiny utensils, sporks, etc. Perhaps your habits are lingering ED, but if anything hangs around it might as well be something innocent and adorable such as using baby things, eh? We can eat baby meals together! Woo! So long as you’re enjoying your food and eating what your body needs, all shall we well enough!

    You already know all my quirky habits, I’m sure πŸ˜‰

    Sporks, spoo-icks, tiny things, eating / making breakfast while watching my favorite t.v. shows, loving childish food-related things such as lunch boxes (WITH STICKERS! That I’ve yet to come to a decision on how to place- darn indecisiveness), tiny cups, things with adorable pictures / faces, etc. EEEEE!

    I was never so particular when I was younger, either. Then again- I didn’t have much choice in what I was served and what it was served in.

    Love you! ❀ We need to start a blogger breakfast club or something. Best. Meal. Ever.

  8. July 30, 2011 5:46 pm

    I eat my oatmeal exactly the same way! Actually, I eat everything like that. The last 10 or so bites are almost pure nut butter and jam. I always save the best for last, because I enjoy my meal more when I look forward to those last bites of heaven. If I were to eat the nut butter and jam first… I don’t know what would happen :0. I guess I’m afraid I would leave the table unsatisfied and unhappy… Eating this way allows me to savor my meal and finish happy πŸ™‚

    I listened to a psychology lecture which postulated that the the last part of an experience determines our memory of it. Thus, if you have a great meal, but finish on a bit of rotten cabbage, chances are you won’t think too fondly of that meal and will leave the table unhappy. Conversely, if you have a mediocre meal, but finish with something delicious, you will remember the meal with pleasure and leave the table satisfied. Weird, huh?

  9. July 30, 2011 5:48 pm

    my oatmeal gets eaten the exact same way! Definitely gotta savor that AB at the end. mmmm.

    Veggies are eaten first always, then it’s usually the protein, then carb. Again, best for last…even though I love them all though! πŸ™‚

  10. sarah permalink
    July 30, 2011 6:00 pm

    Yes,I am definitely particular with my eating style.
    I always save best till last- so if nut butter is in the dish- its saved last(obvs), the muffin top last, bite of cookie with most choccy chips last etc.
    I also pick faves with my dishes and cutlery too. My own little spoon has pictures of the Moomins on the handle- too friggin cute! Every other spoon pales in comparison.
    Just thinking about biting into an ice lolly makes my teeth cringe & stand on edge(if you know what I mean).
    Xxx

    • July 31, 2011 6:20 am

      Haha I definitely know what you mean. I can’t stand biting into anything cold either… Ahh the things I’ll do for the sake of my craft…

  11. July 30, 2011 6:07 pm

    1st of all – I am so sorry I haven’t been commenting as much on your page as of late. The truth is, I’ve been reading… religious. I never miss a post. But your thoughts and insight always spark so much emotion in my so I wait to comment until I have proper time to articulate my thoughts. Problem is, I never seem to find “proper time”.

    But now I do! Yay for grandma-esque Saturday nights.

    I am VERY particular about the way I eat and I often ponder whether it’s an eating disorder related tendency or whether it’s just me learning how to savor the food that I’m eating. Regardless, I try not to analyze it too much because, like you said – it feels “right”. To tell you the truth though, I’m not so sure that it’s an ED thing, because I’ve noticed it more in observing the people around me. (Yeah, I stare at people while they eat. Whatever). I also remember an episode of Sex in the City when Carrie said that she likes to eat 5 crackers with Grape Jelly standing up in the kitchen..and that she has to eat them standing up because it “just feels right”.

    and I think everyone can attest to saving the best bite for last.. though Gingie had made a good point in saying you should eat the best bite FIRST because you may be too full by the end of the meal and not enjoy it as much. Usually not a problem for my bottomless pit of a stomach, but I guess it makes sense!

    Okay, looks like I definitely over-compensated for my lack of commenting. I’ll shut up now.

    LOVE YOU!

    • July 31, 2011 6:30 am

      I’ve missed youuuuu. And I remember that episode of SATC πŸ˜‰ You’re probably right though – a lot of people tend to have really specific preferences when it comes to the way they eat. I think it only starts to verge onto disordered if you won’t eat at all unless you can do it in a certain way.

  12. July 30, 2011 6:11 pm

    I ALWAYS save the best thing for the last. I also eat my veggies first, than some protein, and then my carbs which are most of the time, smothered with nut butter. I absolutely need something sweet in the end ❀

  13. July 30, 2011 6:19 pm

    lol; when I had oats for breakfast I would always eat it just how you have shown! “spooning” away at the outside, all around the nut butter, before getting to the big gob of nut butter. I hated stirring everything together!

    I’ve realized that when I eat salads, I eat pretty much all the lettuce first, before being left with mostly dressing and toppings! haha. I suppose that kind of defeats the purpose of a salad (having everything all together) but it’s how I like it :]

  14. July 30, 2011 6:21 pm

    I always have to save the best bite for last! It just doesn’t feel right or make me completely satisfied to have a last bite that isn’t flavorful. Just like with oatmeal! I just have to save a super nut buttery bite for last πŸ™‚

  15. July 30, 2011 6:27 pm

    I eat breakfast a very specific way! Wait a second… I eat every single meal a certain way now that I think about it! I try to save the best for last, whatever that entails for me! It usually involves some kind of nut butter being saved for the end πŸ™‚

  16. July 30, 2011 6:34 pm

    Errrrrrrrrrr!!! I’ve always hated biting into ice cream bars because it gives me awful brain freeze and a freezing lump in my throat. I getcha. I also like little spoons, especially the ice cream ones with loooooooong handles. πŸ™‚

  17. July 30, 2011 6:38 pm

    I too love saving the best for last! I est my meals wiyh a smsll spoon too and my favirite sunflower bowl! Your measuring cups are adorable ! I too would use them as bowls!

  18. July 30, 2011 6:38 pm

    I don’t have any bad habits — as in habits driven by my eating disorder. I have noticed a lot of patterns in the way I eat though! For example, I eat my bananas with nut butter from the outside in, breaking small pieces off. I always start with the ends! I also eat whatever I deem the “best” part of the meal last — so banana with nut butter comes AFTER cereal mess. Although both are delicious, I think anything with nut butter always comes last… I think it’s because my best friend in first grade always ate her cookie last because she “saved the best for last” and it stuck!

  19. Laura permalink
    July 30, 2011 6:39 pm

    Amanda,
    I love how you share all of these things that you do when you eat (and to be honest, I always save the best for last, too), but SO MANY of these are exactly (like, basically word-for-word) like the things that my IP called “rituals”. Basically, an eating ritual for a disordered person is something that is a part of their disorder, often used to alleviate anxiety with eating (and not being able to eat in a certain way, use a certain utensil, etc would cause anxiety or difficult feelings). Personally, I think that normal people have a few things that seem perhaps a bit ritualistic about their eating, but I think that given all of the things you’ve written about your eating habits, I think that’s abnormal and disordered, but really only you can determine that. I know that some habits are innocent (for me, I have always eaten my pizza backwards, crust first, and it has nothing to do with my ED), but others are not (I used to eat excessively slowly, always use the same small plates, etc, which were related to my ED). I don’t know if any of this information is relevant to you, but I hope that it is, and that you’re able to examine your eating habits and recognize which ones are a part of your ED.

    • July 31, 2011 7:15 am

      Thanks for your comment, Laura! I’ve definitely spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not my habits are related to my ED, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re really not. They have nothing to do with alleviating anxiety, it’s just how I prefer to do things. I think those of us who have struggled with an ED are quick to look at certain behaviors and call them disordered, when in reality they can be quite innocent… it just depends on the mentality behind the action.

  20. July 30, 2011 6:42 pm

    With each post you make, the more I realize just how similar we are! I always leave a blob in the middle of my breakfast bowl, always digging a big trench around and saving the absolute best morsel for last πŸ™‚ I pretty much ALWAYS eat with spoons too! Forks are so overrated πŸ˜‰

  21. July 30, 2011 6:53 pm

    I used to eat Angel Delight (with sprinkles, of course)as a child in a similar way to your oats. I liked to pretend I was eating away at the landscape until only a high, solitary cliff remained.

    From observations, most people seem to have little specifics or quirks, which I guess just naturally develop over time due to repetition? If you do something over and over then surely patterns are bound to emerge? Like, I’m sure we all also have a specific way we shower and wash. I do think they can become exaggerated and hold a greater power over us during periods of disordered eating, but I also believe they are normal to some extent. Just so long as you’re at peace with the quirks and they aren’t dictating your life.

    And on the matter of cutlery πŸ˜‰ – I acknowledge using specific forks/spoons can be disordered, but also maybe some of us are just more tactile, and prefer the feelings of certain shapes? I hate cutlery with ‘rough’ or sharp edges/handles – I prefer more rounded shapes (like your spoon!). Even as a child I always had a prefered spoon (it has a pretty, engraved handle and all the others were boring). I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having favourites, just so long as it doesn’t ruin your day or have you fleeing the kitchen in anxiety if you can’t locate that spoon. Balance and all that malarkey :P.

  22. July 30, 2011 6:54 pm

    I have methods for eating all my foods…and like you anything that has nut butter on it,well the nut butter is the last thong to gO. I also take my sandwiches apart and eat the insides first and t he bread last. Carb lover? Oh yah

  23. July 30, 2011 6:55 pm

    I do the same things with my little spoons! I love them the best πŸ™‚ I wish I had cute measuring bowls/cups like that!

  24. nicole permalink
    July 30, 2011 6:59 pm

    I’m actually not particular with how I eat my meals and think I did more “rituals,” like eating one type of food on my plate at a time before moving on to the next, when I was younger and more finicky!

    I do however bite into bars from the corner/side, never taking big, straight-on bites! Lol

  25. VanessaG permalink
    July 30, 2011 7:44 pm

    I have quirks as well. I would eat every meal with a spoon as well…even spaghetti. I also have to eat out of the same bowl and my little spoon every night I eat ice cream. I have another certain bowl that’s for my oatmeal. I always save the best bite for last. When I eat a sandwich or a wrap, I tear them apart and eat the middle and eat the bread last. My salads I eat all the lettuce first and then the other fixins. I could go on and on, but I guess you get the point…i have weird eating habits….but that’s me and I enjoy eating that way. πŸ™‚

  26. July 30, 2011 7:54 pm

    Helllo love!!

    Hope your day was great!!
    For me, I always have to have crunch with whatever I eat! Always! Maybe I was deprived of crunch when I was younger?! Lol! I hope you have a great night! Love u!!

  27. July 30, 2011 7:56 pm

    Being honest it does sound like these behaviors are ED hangover/leftovers BUT yeah…don’t overanalyze it.
    If it makes you happy, right?
    Not like you’ll freak out if anything interferes or you start bring your utensils out to eat. That would be sick. Ritualistic in a slave to the grind/obsessive/un-pleasurable way.
    That doesn’t seem like what you are doing. I think it’s all good to just own our quirks. You’re good.

  28. July 30, 2011 8:04 pm

    Some food for thought:

    I think we don’t need an explanation for everything. Not every weird habit is a symptom. Being different doesn’t have to be wrong. I prefer to call it individuality.

    I had a favorite plate when I was a child and I enjoyed my meals the most when they were served in it. The plate changed but the habit didn’t. Also, for the past few years I have been eating most of my meals at home with the same teaspoon and I don’t care what other people think of this habit. I eat my meals in a particular (sometimes weird) way too but does it really matter if it makes me feel good? And saving the best for last? That’s the only right way to eat, if you ask me. The only good reason to do it the other way round is the end of the world coming in 5 minutes. And I don’t see the end of the world coming anytime soon.

    • July 31, 2011 7:40 am

      Wonderful food for thought… thank you for sharing πŸ˜€ I definitely look too much into things, but that’s mostly because I’m curious by nature, so I question a lot. In the end, though, I really don’t see anything wrong with what I do… that’s just who I am.

  29. July 30, 2011 8:10 pm

    Ahh I love eating with long skinny spoons that hold only a tiny amount, and if I’m eating something portion controlled (like nuts) I love to have it in a mini bowl. Definitely a preference though, not an obsession.

  30. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! permalink
    July 30, 2011 8:24 pm

    I like fun bowls and cute spoons too! It just makes the experience so much more fun!

  31. July 30, 2011 8:29 pm

    when it comes to oats, gotta save the best for last! πŸ˜‰
    Depending on what is in my oats I eat them different ways. If it’s topped with nut butter and jelly I like to get a little bit of everything in each bite rather than mixing everything together. But if I have fruit on my oats than I like to mix it all up.
    And I definitely have a favorite spoon too!

  32. July 30, 2011 8:30 pm

    I have a favorite coffee mug that I drink out of every morning! I’ll take the time to wash it if it hasn’t been through the dishwasher.

    I also peel the crust off of my toast and eat it before the rest of the bread…even on sandwiches. Not sure why!

    Totally embrace the quirks! If everyone ate the same way the world would be a boring place πŸ™‚

  33. July 30, 2011 8:35 pm

    hey! I’ve been reading you for a while now…don’t judge me for creeping πŸ˜› and you’ve been so inspirational to me!
    anyhoo, yes I too have some weird particularities with my food. for example I don’t like to eat the ends of the banana- something weird about them. and I LOVE when I can find and use my teeny spoon- it’s adorable! and it makes food last longer, so…. also I follow the trend of eating veg, protein, carb, when the meal is all split up like that.
    although I must admit using the same spoon & teeny bowls are classified as ED rituals. meh, can’t please everyone.

  34. ittybitsofbalance permalink
    July 30, 2011 8:41 pm

    I always enjoy all the oats in my bowl before I even touch the toppings. I HAVE to save the best for last πŸ˜€

    Oh, and biting into ice cream freaks me out! That’s pretty much like asking for a tooth freeze!

    Happy Saturday πŸ™‚

  35. July 30, 2011 8:51 pm

    I have some quirks, too. Like, I usually eat with really tiny utensils. I have ever since I was little. I’d always use 1/4 teaspoons as spoons and baby forks (which have been traded for chopsticks). Also, I like to eat things out of bowls. They’re much more fun than plates.

  36. July 30, 2011 9:08 pm

    hey my beautiful friend!!!
    gah isnt it crazy to think how irrationally we thought when we were SICK SICK SICK with ed? I used to ONLY used TINY utensils and take TINY bites! I would also make arrange my food a certain way. its soo crazy thinking about it now! granted- i still like small spoons for my oatmeal, i think it makes it last longer! but i wont fret if i have to use a bigger spoon. i love your blog- its my fav!

  37. July 30, 2011 9:19 pm

    I am most definitely a small spoon and small dish girl. I was beyond giddy when I inherited my grandma’s spoon set a year ago–a set comprised of 30-something tiny spoons, each with their own unique handle design. They are pretty nifty. However I typically use the same one over and over again. The others are being saved for special occasions. And I always pack said spoon when I travel. I really can’t stand eating with the ginormous cutlery offered at most restaurants/frozen yogurt shops etc! The same goes for bowls; I always pack a small dish as well. πŸ™‚

    I am partial to particular mugs, plates and glasses as well, mainly because I feel more satisfied when I eat off of them. I don’t remember when this dish descrimination began, but I suspect it was adopted during my ED days. However, I see absolutely NO problem with it. I eat to nourish my body now. I’m healthy and happy, and I’m pretty sure that’s all that matters.

    Happy weekend, Amanda! xoxo

  38. July 30, 2011 9:37 pm

    I have so many foodie quirks: breakfast is always eaten with a baby spoon, sandwiches need to be cut into triangles not rectangles, the last bite is always the best and contains a bit of everything!

  39. July 30, 2011 9:38 pm

    For some reason the salad is always the first to go for me too. I think it’s my least favorite part of a meal and I always save the best for last. I have to eat one food at a time, so if I start on the salad, I have to finish the whole salad before moving on to my sandwich. And none of my foods can touch. Sometimes I wonder if it’s unhealthy and reverting back to the ED days, but really I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying your food however makes you comfortable!

  40. July 30, 2011 10:16 pm

    I have a lot of food quirks too but honestly I don’t think they’re ED-related at all! Like I always eat my oats or cereal last at breakfast, at lunch I have carrots or whatever vegetable before I eat anything else and I eat overnight oats in the same small glass bowl every single day. It just feels more satisfying that way, I don’t know why though πŸ˜‰

  41. Lilly permalink
    July 30, 2011 11:23 pm

    I think most people save the best for last, some may have it first so they don’t get to full, but I don’t seem to have that problem πŸ˜‰ Sure I have some preferences and such, I think its normals to an extent. because I don’t obsess over it. I think when it becomes an obsession, if not having it “your way” or the “right way” causes anxiety or worry then there is something wrong ( like if someone couldn’t eat at a friends because you didn’t have your special bowl for ex.), but little quirks are totally normal I think, especially if they are for enjoyment! and ohh, I can NOT bite ice cream, I shudder just thinking about it…yikes!

  42. July 31, 2011 12:01 am

    baby spoons all the way!!!!! i got it from my mom… who i think got it from my granny… and one day i shall pass the baton- er baby spoon- onto my (non-existant) kids!!

  43. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    July 31, 2011 12:03 am

    I am very very particular πŸ™‚ I eat from the same bowls with the same little spoons all the time. And I have my special ways of eating oatmeal – I usually eat a thin top layer, then I wait a bit so a “crust” forms on the top, then I eat the top layer again and then I waited for the crust again etc etc…very strange πŸ™‚ When it comes to salads, I always eat the toppings first, then the rest and I eat the bread or other pastry I have with it after eating the whole salad, never together..And I could come with other quirky habbits, but I donΒ΄t want to scare anyone πŸ™‚

  44. July 31, 2011 12:19 am

    I eat my oatmeal the same way. And I also would much rather eat with an itty bitty spoon. And I very much believe these behaviors are sort of “remains” from my ED.

    Why do I say so? Because when I was in my ED, whenever I ate, I had to make it last (after all, I wouldn’t eat again for HOURS). Hence, the tiny spoon. And saving the “best” part for last…because who knows when we’ll get to have it again, right?

    It seems pretty obvious to me…but I also enjoy eating this way and it’s not causing me any problems (e.g. if there’s no little spoon, I’ll happily eat with a big spoon), so I’m not exactly worried about “fixing” it.

    As long as you’re not obsessive, you know?

    Hope I made sense.

    • July 31, 2011 8:03 am

      That’s pretty much how I see it too. I prefer to do things in a certain way, but if I can’t, it doesn’t make me freak out and I’ll just go with the flow. As long as it’s not interfering with my life, I don’t see anything wrong with it…

  45. July 31, 2011 12:56 am

    Oh, I always save the best part (the nutbutter part that is), for last!

    And, I have this annoying habit that I always want to cut my food into “couples”- like 4,6,8,10 etc.. I want every piece to have a “partner” when they enter my tummy πŸ˜› Same goes if I eat small things like grapes or berries. hard to keep track sometimes πŸ˜‰

  46. July 31, 2011 1:26 am

    Yep I eat my oats with a teaspoon too and I think it is remants of the ed as I think it started to make the food last longer. It is probably linked to control too where if I eat I have to eat it x way ya know?

    I guess you have to say would I be able to eat it a different way and not be bothered.

    Xxx

  47. July 31, 2011 1:28 am

    I’m not really particular when it comes to how I eat, except that I always save the best part for last, too! I eat the ends of the sandwich first and save the middle for last. I also find eating out of bowls with a spoon more enjoyable, but I rarely do it. I don’t bite ice cream, either, because it it gives me pain in the eyes (that also happens if I eat ice cream too fast).

    I do have some other quirky habits, though. If I set an alarm, I always make it even – for example, 6:26 instead of 6:30.

  48. July 31, 2011 2:04 am

    I oats/green smoothies in the same manner/order as you do. In fact I eat everything that way, saving the best for last. I also always eat my salad or veggies first and then move on to the other bits.

    Quirky habits…hmm, I have a lot, but the oddest one has to be biting into things like peas (yes, the individual pea) and tomatoes and looking at what’s in the middle. Why biting them in half and looking at what half a pea or tomato looks like is beyond me. Oh, and with sandwiches? I cut them into four triangles or squares, eat the first one like a ‘normal’ sandwich, the second and third I pick apart and eat the filling then the bread, and the fourth I take any veggie bits out, leave the rest of the filling in, put the bread back together and then eat what’s left of the sarnie. Four different taste experiences in one πŸ˜‰ And yes, I make a royal mess whenever I’m eating anything πŸ˜›

    xxx
    P.S I am also with you on the little spoons: makes the meal last longer and puts off the ineviatable ‘my bowl is empty and I am sad’ moment.

  49. July 31, 2011 2:45 am

    I’m also a major baby spoon fan. Although in public settings I eat with “normal” utensils as well – if I’m on my own I eat with a small spoon. I think it’s partly because I want my food to last longer, and partly because I have a slight fascination with cute, little things (possibly stemmed from the fact I’m not too tall myself).

    Odd habits – I guess the first one that come to mind is that I always eat my sandwhiches open faced. Even if they’re not ment to be that way I just open em’ up, devide the toppings on both sides and enjoy πŸ™‚

  50. Karine permalink
    July 31, 2011 2:52 am

    Since I came back from Japan and my host family gave me simple, cute chopsticks (with bunnies), I always eat with them. (Well, except if it’s better to use a (tea)spoon. But when I don’t have a spoon for a yogurt, my chopsticks save me!) It’s a way for me to think about them every day! πŸ™‚ And, really, chopsticks are more convenient.
    I know it’s not very common in Occident, so I was so happy when I saw that Chocolate Covered Katie does the same! πŸ˜€

    Honestly, I don’t thing these habits are bad as long as they make you (in general) happy, and as long as you can do well without them. If no, I would check it deeper…

  51. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    July 31, 2011 4:00 am

    I have certain cutlery for certain foods. Certain bowls, depending on whats in my oats, pumpkin oats go in the brown bowl, chocolate oats in the blue (although this has recently not been the case only because im adding more and my oats seem to be becoming more voluminous and are needing a bigger bowl)
    I always prefer smaller spoons for my sweet snacks, it makes them last longer πŸ™‚

    When it comes to oats I always have a spoon with extra nut butter on the side, that way I can add it in, because if I dont do that it will all be gone by the first bite πŸ˜›

  52. July 31, 2011 4:03 am

    I eat my breakfast in exactly the same way. Saving the best things till last is the best, as you know that you have always got something to look forward to. πŸ™‚

  53. July 31, 2011 4:55 am

    Hahaa love this! I think it’s so funny how we all have our little quirky habits of doing things in life πŸ™‚ Makes us all individual!
    I totally agree with eating with small spoons, I think it’s to savor the taste for a little bit longer – not that it works with me because I eat so fast anyway! I definitely have certain bowls and plates for certain meals though and prefer to eat my snacks from little bowls and ramekins πŸ™‚ I love kiddy stuff too and brightly colored cutlery and bowls hehe!
    I always leave my roasted squash until last because it’s the best bit πŸ™‚ But I was watching a show recently and they were talking about it and saying why do people leave the best until last because it goes cold…and I thought haha, that’s a good point!

  54. July 31, 2011 5:39 am

    I eat my oatmeal the same way! Unless it is chocolate peanut butter oats. You have to stir up those! I also eat my pizza backward, because the crust is the best part on any pizza. I eat my salad first. I like little bowls, plates, forks, and spoons in comparison to large ones. And I don’t like drinking from plastic cups.

    I don’t think being particular about these things is a sign of a remaining ED. As long as you are flexible it is okay to have preferences. Like, if you would rather die than eat with a big spoon, you would want to analysis your habits more in depth. The only habit of mine that I kept from my ED is using small plates and utensils. I didn’t like the big plates during my ED because the it was more apparent to everyone else that I was starving myself. Little plates didn’t show that as much. But now, I like using them because little plates make me feel like I am eating a lot. I fill them up and I feel like I am eating the way I am supposed to.

  55. July 31, 2011 6:23 am

    The measuring cups are super cute! πŸ™‚ I really like all of your photos, lots of good color.

    Whitney

  56. July 31, 2011 6:30 am

    I’ve always saved the best for last! So glad to hear I’m not the only one who does that! πŸ™‚
    Whenever I eat oatmeal with peanut butter, the oatmeal goes first, and then I’m left with a big blob of peanut butter… mmmm. And I always eat my veggies first too. I definitely love my veggies, but I generally love my carb/protein part of the meal even more πŸ˜‰ And those measuring cup bowls are too cute! πŸ˜€

    ❀

  57. July 31, 2011 7:38 am

    YES I am particular! I have my favoruite plates, bowls, spoons (I’ll wash up mine if it’s dirty instead of something else :-p), I always save the best til last…I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a leftover ED thing, BUT I don’t see it as a bad thing. I save the best til last cos .. it’s the best!? I do it with a lot of things! I eat off of pretty bowls and plates because I LIKE how they look – white plates are so dull!!

    I just scrolled up – I totally agree with Debbiecutieface! It is a leftover ED thing probably, but it’s not doing me harm, I’m not obsessive (someone else has my spoon? Oh well, use a boring one) and so It think it’s ok πŸ™‚

  58. July 31, 2011 8:22 am

    I’m definitely a particular eater too! Everything has to be somewhat “robotic” for me – so I suppose that’s somewhat quirky (well, really quirky lol)

  59. July 31, 2011 8:38 am

    YES! I am very particular about the way (and when I eat)…although, I am starting to loosen up a little about that. I was really set in the way things were with food during my ED days and recently was reading a book written by a recovered ED person who did a study on it and found that it is a common trait in people with an ED. I thought that was interesting… Happy eating!

  60. July 31, 2011 8:41 am

    Yes I am sooo particular. I have a specific spoon I love to use … and I only use certain bowls… Okay I’m not too particular with the spoon but if there are no “small” spoons left in the drawer I will wash one off before I sit down to eat. I also only like to eat off of certain plates. haha I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this! I don’t think it’s really obsessive I think it’s just a thing. It doesn’t prevent me from going out and doing things in my life so I don’t see the problem with it!

  61. July 31, 2011 9:16 am

    I love saving a big blob of nut butter at the end of my oatmeal too. It’s always the best bite! πŸ˜€ But other than that, I don’t think I have too many food “rituals” that I can think of. I do prefer eating meals out of bowls though. They just taste better that way!

  62. July 31, 2011 9:19 am

    Since I’ve been younger I’ve ALWAYS eaten w a baby spoon/fork (well, I call it the baby spoons, but the small spoons/forks) and always find it so annoying when I eat out and I’m given the biggest spoons of life… I feel like it certainly takes away from my meal.

    I am also one of those people that eat’s around my meals to save the best stuff for the last few bites, it’s not even something I notice that I’m doing, it just happens.

    Your oats look deeeeelish!

    Samantha
    http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

  63. July 31, 2011 9:28 am

    I have to mix my food together. If I am eating fish with rice, I cut the fish then mix it all in with the rice and veggies. I like mixing things hence why I like yogurt bowls so much.
    And everything is better from a bowl.

  64. July 31, 2011 9:34 am

    I LOVE YOUR MEASURING CUPS/BOWLS!! How cute are those! πŸ™‚

    I eat my oatmeal the same way! I always start on the edges, though I take a little bit of the nut buttah in each bite. SO delicious! πŸ™‚

  65. July 31, 2011 9:43 am

    I always mix my toppings very well into the oats. I really mean very well. I spend at least a minute or two on it. Then I start from the top, when I hit the bottom of the plate I begin from one side and work my way to the other until the oats are gone πŸ˜€ Wow I never even noticed my weird habits until now. I have my favorite utensils of course too. About 3 favorite spoons, one fork, 3 bowls, and two cups. Anything that’s a small size and cute would grab my attention though haha.

  66. July 31, 2011 12:13 pm

    I think I’m more particular with some types of food and not others. Like, I love to eat sandwiches so that I eat all of the crust off first and then have the yummy inside part for last. Also, if I’m eating a bowl of cereal, I can’t have any milk left when I’m done. πŸ™‚

  67. Kaylyn permalink
    July 31, 2011 1:39 pm

    eating out of measuring cups reminds me of my ED days =(
    now, I can only fit a measly BITE in those! I don’t know how you get full eating out of them hah!
    but I totally get where you’re coming from with the weeetle spoons =) they make everything taste a million bajillion times better!
    another “weird” thing I do– when I make cereal, I alaaayyyss mix a ton of kinds together. but when I actually eat the cereal, I like to pick out the same kinds and eat them in the same spoon…eating different kinds in one bite is gross. but for some reason it just tastes better if it’s all SITTING in the same bowl. if that made any sense at all….haha

    • Kaylyn permalink
      July 31, 2011 1:39 pm

      allllwaaayys* πŸ˜‰

      • July 31, 2011 2:43 pm

        Hehe oh I don’t get full from eating out of them… they’re too small for that. I just use them to hold small parts of my meals/snacks. And for mixing πŸ˜€

  68. Jess permalink
    July 31, 2011 3:28 pm

    it good to have quirky habits, its what makes us all unique πŸ™‚
    i’m so similar to you though, i eat all, if i can meals with a small spoon, and i always leave the middle bit of breakfast or anything with that texture in the middle of the bowl to eat last.hehe
    I also always like smaller than average dinner plates.

  69. July 31, 2011 3:35 pm

    I thought it was just me that had a favourite spoon πŸ™‚
    I’m definitely with you on saving the best till last too and I always eat puddings with the smallest spoon possible, wherever I am!

  70. July 31, 2011 7:06 pm

    I eat my meals the same way — with oatmeal I definitely eat the “boring” parts first and save all of the toppings for last. And for other meals I usually eat my side dishes first and then eat the main course.

    I sometimes eat with a small spoon to help slow me down — only because I usually wolf my food down and then my stomach kind of hurts because I eat in such a small period of time. By slowing down I enjoy it more and don’t end up with a hurt tummy!

  71. Rebecca permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:06 pm

    I have a thing where i always need to wash my bowl.plate.spoon.fork and whatever just before i use to eat/cook with before i use it to make sure it’s clean! I don’t want any gunk or any dust on it! GROSSS.

  72. Yaara permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:55 pm

    Hey Amanda!
    I came across your blog recently through a bunch of others–i.e. fitnessista, Healthydivaeats. I really like your writing style. It’s honest, quirky, and real!!
    OMG–I felt like I was reading my own eating habits.
    I always eat ginormous salads in one big green bowl–and of course it must be a particular bowl. I also have a special tablespoon when I ladle into my salads “goody stuff”–like hummus or cottage cheese. And.. I alwaaaays eat as much veggies as possible before I eat “real” food like my piece of fish or something.
    It’s been like this for awhile–but it’s a pattern and it feels comfortable. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone. Keep writing!!!

  73. July 31, 2011 10:07 pm

    Haha! Love it! I don’t know if I’ve ever really paid any attention to the way I eat my oats in the morning…or um, evening! πŸ˜‰ I do know that I used to be a dedicated stirrer, but now I prefer to “save the best (read: biggest) clump of toppings for last”

    I borrowed…ok, maybe smuggled would be the correct terminology…a spoon from my parents house a couple of months ago. It’s a “tea spoon”…small with a long skinny handle (do they call them handles? Stem? Eh…) But anyway, I haven’t been able to find it in over a week and it’s driving me crazy!! It has quickly become my “oatmeal spoon” and now I’m sad that it’s MIA…I mean, seriously, who LOSES a spoon?! It has to be in this house somewhere! Grrr!

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