Disclaimer: I did receive frozen entrees and entrees in bags from Grainful Oats to review. I didn’t receive any other compensation besides product. I would never review or share any product here that I did not love.
Eating disorders like food ruts; they like strict control and routine. Yet in recovery you have to get out of those. That’s why I’m talking about them today for WIAW with Laura and Jenn and ‘Thinking Out Loud Thursday‘ with Amanda. I still find myself even going into the yogurt, peanut butter, and fruit food rut, because those foods just feel safe.
Yet you have to challenge your eating disorder. You can’t just let it enjoy its food ruts and its comfort. You have to get out there and step out into the unknown. For me I had to step out into eating leftovers like:
Whatever else was in the refrigerator
or something I made myself so I would know exactly how many:
Cups of ‘yogurt’
TBSP of PB
were in it.
This leads me to a story. About a month ago I spotted a company on Instagram called ‘Grainful Oats.’ Honestly they sounded kind of weird. Why would I want to mix oats with savory toppings and mixins; that just doesn’t sound right. I was used to my bowls of oatmeal with peanut butter and fruit and nuts and syrup or honey.
But…. in the theme of getting out of the food rut, I thought it might be fun to try Grainful Oats. I reached out to them via email, and they said, ‘Sure… We’ll send you some to try and share.’
Well, they sent me this ginormous box, and I was eager to dig into it. The first one I tried was:
Tuscan Bean and Kale . . . (It was AMAZING; the flavors were so vibrant. It was not too salty at all; it didn’t leave me feeling thirsty like many pre-prepared or packaged meals do.)
Not that long afterwards . . . a few days afterwards… I was hungry, and I didn’t have time to make lunch, so I decided to dig into another one for lunch. This time I went for the chili. I was a bit nervous about this one, because some times IBS makes food ruts a lot easier (especially when some ingredients in chili can make my stomach go crazy.)
AMAZING. My stomach felt nothing afterwards besides being happily satisfied. I was just wanting to do a happy praise dance and just thank the Lord for His significant mercy that day.
I topped it with some sour cream or plain yogurt (now I can’t remember) and I added some chips. It was perfect for lunch. I probably ate something else with it, as I will say that the meals say that they are around 260-270 calories each (which doesn’t quite fill me up). Yet, if you like to eat smaller meals this would be just the perfect size for you.
Lately I’ve also been really trying to change up my lunches and breakfasts. I don’t have as difficult of a time staying out of food ruts for dinner, but breakfast and lunch always seem to steer me towards the foods that were ‘safe’ for me in recovery.
Breakfast Switch Up #1 to Get out of the Food Ruts – Coffee Cake or any other baked good instead of the yogurt bowl I always migrate towards. On Monday, I made this coffee cake from Taylor without the champagne. I ate it for breakfast on Tuesday with a BIG dollop of my favorite Honey Almond Butter from Georgia Grinders.
Breakfast Switch-Up #2 to Get Out of the Food Ruts – Overnight Oats instead of a yogurt bowl or my safe piece of toast and a banana. I packed this with a lot of oats after Robyn encouraged us to not be afraid of a hefty portion of oats in the morning.
The recipe for these oats is as follows:
Maple Coconut Strawberry Overnight Oats
|Prep:||Yield: 1 serving||Total:|
A creamy soft coconut and maple flavored bowl of overnight oatmeal studded with bursts of berry flavor. 🙂
- 1/2 cup Farmer Direct Oats
- 2 tbsp. Dang Foods Coconut Chips (Original)
- 3/4 tbsp. Hazelnut Butter (Bliss Nut Butters)
- 1/2 c. Siggi's Yogurt (Drinkable - Plain flavored)
- A generous drizzle of maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 scoop Further Food Collagen (Use my non-affiliate code 'Beauty10')
- Extra water or milk if it's too thick before you put it in the refrigerator
- PEANUT BUTTER or nut butter. 🙂
- Mix all ingredients except for the peanut butter topping in a container. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning with more fruit and/or nut butter.
Breakfast Switch Up #3 to Get Out of the Food Rut – Be adventurous with your yogurt bowl toppings. Put some chocolate or M&M’s in there. Put some new kinds of fruit or cereal. Don’t just stick with the same old, because eating disorder needs to know that God made SO many different kinds of food. God can and does bless that food to our bodies. He has blessed so much food to my body so I can use it and live and breathe and work for my Lord Jesus!
Now let’s move onto some fun and ‘interesting’ lunch ideas. You may think some of these are SUPER odd, but don’t be skeptical until you try them. Some days ‘intuitive eating’ looks like the weirdest bowls of delicious salty food, and other days it looks like a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.
Lunch Switch Up #1- Instead of my typical salad that I would often eat, this sounded really good. I put down a bed of Costco tortilla chips, hard boiled eggs, parmesan cheese, and 2 marinated artichoke hearts.
Verdict? It was really really good.
Lunch Switch-Up #2 – Take your favorite baked good that’s sitting on the counter and put it on your yogurt. Add multiple scoops of nut butter, cereal, coconut, or dried fruit. You could even put a dollop of frosting if you want. 🙂 This helps me take away the misconception that it’s somehow ‘bad’ to eat cake or dessert in the middle of the day. Also, can I just say that Ashley’s carrot cake is the BEST moistest cake ever?
Do I always stay out of food ruts? No. I don’t think it’s bad to have foods that you really love to eat, but it’s constantly a journey of discovering and appreciating the foods that God has made and learning that each food is a gift from Him, whether it be sugar cane or lettuce.
Thank you fellow foodies for helping me get out of food ruts; I love this WIAW link-ups because it’s a fun place for food inspiration and appreciating that we are all so different in the ways we eat and the food we enjoy.
‘Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness. ‘ (Psalm 107:5-9)
God is so so good. He restores each year that I spent in bondage to food and to exercise and to my idolatry of myself. He fills the hungry soul like no other can. He dug me out of the deepest rut, and I’m so thankful that that’s a reminder that can keep me pursuing recovery every single day (and encouraging others towards it!)
Have you ever been in a food rut?
Do you have certain ‘safe’ foods?
What have you been eating for lunch lately?