I’ve really been enjoying eating out occasionally; I really do. I used to think that I just didn’t, but I think that’s from my eating disordered past and my focus on controlling everything I ate. I realized that yesterday when I went to a local bakery and got one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had; it was a turkey pesto panini, and boy was the cheese SOOO melty, the bread so fluffy and yeasty tasting, the turkey so thickly cut, and the fellowship with my friend and sister in Christ Jesus was incredibly sweet.
Proverbs 27:17, ‘Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.’ You can literally have some of the best friend time around food, and I was reminded of that.
Last year i really struggled greatly when my dad would suggest going out to eat, because it wasn’t in my ‘mental plan’ for eating, but it’s so good for me. It keeps me from getting too comfortable in the way I’m eating, and it even forces me to
What are the benefits of eating out?
– Focusing more on enjoying the friend time than on making the perfect meal.
– Supporting and enjoying connecting with local businesses.
– Learning to Be Brave and step out of your comfort zone to try foods you’re afraid of and enjoying them
– Challenging your eating disorder to eat exactly what you’re craving EVEN if you don’t know the calories
I can’t tell you how much it’s freeing to go out and eat and practice intuitive eating. For example yesterday I went to a restaurant with a friend, and I ordered a turkey panini, but I wasn’t hungry for the whole thing so I ate half, but later I was hungry again so I nommed on some carrot cake and frosting. (I modified the recipe to just do normal sugar and rice flour instead of coconut flour, and it turned out deliciousss.)
There is so much liberty and victory in focusing on the things that really matter. For a long time I was laying up treasure in my earthly body, and I know I won’t have it forever. I know Jesus wants me to set my heart on things above, not on a ‘perfect’ body or ‘perfect’ diet which I don’t think exist anyways on this earth.
Colossians 3:1-2, ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth’
That carrot cake I was speaking of!!!!
A yogurt cup topped with one of Taylor’s GF cinnamon rolls (my dad loved ’em, and I did too!) and creamy peanut butter.
Whipped cream on top of my yogurt bowl… You need to try it. And then add some sprinkles of chocolate chips and bananas and Peanut Butter, and you have a ‘yogurt bowl sundae.’
And then there was this DELICIOUS popcorn topped with some of Endangered Species Mint Chocolate With Peppermint crunch. It might be my favorite chocolate ever.
It was a seriously beautiful week of eating, and I felt so much freer to go over the ‘calorie goal’ I’ve had for so long in my head. It was a HUGE gift, and I just found God moving my heart to more gratefulness. Often when I’m anxious about eating more food when I’m hungry, this verse comes to mind, ‘ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
It’s worth it to learn to honor your hunger even if it’s just slight hunger, especially because I lived for so long not eating when I was hungry. I’ve realized that my body is so sensitive to restriction, and it’s been humbling to learn that I need to eat more than many girls around me. Yet it’s not about comparison. It’s about the journey God has me on, and it’s ok to enjoy the journey and enjoy the nourishment.
Now I want to hear from you:
Do you like eating out? Have you ever been afraid of it?
How do you intuitively eat when you go out to eat?
What foods are you enjoying lately that you’ve eaten at local restaurants?