I have seen several sweet friends in recovery transition so well to intuitive eating, and it makes my heart sing to see them doing well. I don’t know what, but I’m still a sub conscious calorie counter. I don’t look up calorie counts nearly as much as I used to, but I still struggle to listen to what my body is craving. Cravings almost sound like a bad word to me, but I’m learning that they aren’t. I struggle to not eat a salad and eat something else when I feel like I should eat a salad. I struggle with eating over a certain ‘amount’ in my head for breakfast or lunch or a snack. I struggle with not keeping meal times kind of ‘rigid.’ I just want to say that I still struggle, but God is faithful.
This is not to start a party where you all feel sorry for Em, but I wanted to share that working with Victoria, my dietitian, has really helped me be more in tune with what my body needs instead of what I feel like I should eat.
But God has been healing, restoring, changing my mindset to be thankful for every single kind of food, to embrace the cravings, and to rejoice in every kind of food and be thankful for every kind of food.
Lately, I can say that I have honestly been eating what I’ve been craving.
I wanted to link this up for Foodie Friday, because I thought it would be fun to share why becoming more of a foodie has actually helped me embrace eating more foods, being less afraid of foods outside of my comfort zone, and help me listen to cravings. (Thank you Ann Marie, Farrah, and Esther for this amazing weekly link-up. I love seeing all the new recipes every week.)
I wanted to share what that looks like, and maybe you can get some encouragement that you don’t have to stay in a box with your eating. You can explore other kinds of foods, different combos, and flavors; that’s what makes food so fun; it’s a testimony to the GLORIOUS God who created it. It sings the wonder and the variety and the beauty of the Creator who made heaven and earth and every single thing that is in it.
I’ve been eating nachos lately, different kinds. Some kinds are melted with cheese in the microwave. Others are more ‘fresh nachos’ with salad and grated Parmesan cheese. Nachos used to be one of my fear foods, cause cheese and chips equated to something kind of ‘fatty’ or ‘bad for me.’ Now they’re one of my favorite foods.
Yogurt bowls that don’t skimp on the toppings. Although I have found myself wishing that I did crave smoothies; I have to say that I usually don’t unless it’s really hot out side.
Speaking of yogurt bowls, I love them so much that I’ve shared several different posts on how to make one. Today I thought I would share a recipe for my favorite yogurt bowl. It has room for you to make your own decisions as to what you want to put into it, but I wanted to give you a basic idea of what goes into the ‘perfect yogurt bowl.’
The Perfect Simple Yogurt Bowl
How to make a perfect quick breakfast in 5 minutes or less.
- 1 cup of your favorite yogurt (I love Stonyfield Whole Milk, Siggi's, or Noosa.)
- Mix in 1 scoop of your favorite collagen or protein powder if you want to.
- Top with:
- 1/4 cup of your favorite cereal or granola (I like Blissful Eats)
- 1-2 tbsp. of nut butter (My favorite kind to add would be some of Naturally Nutty's White Chocolate Coconut PB or some creamy AB)
- 1 tbsp. of jam (strawberry is really good)
- 1 banana or 1 apple or 5-6 strawberries (sliced)
- Other ideas:
- Dried Fruit
- Leftover baked goodies. (I like to add leftover brownies or muffins or sometimes even cookies)
- If it's plain yogurt and you want it to be sweeter you can add:
- 1 tbsp. of maple syrup or honey
- Put your yogurt in a bowl. Add in the maple syrup if you want to sweeten it. Stir. And then top with all the toppings in any way you like!
This may seem weird, but another one of my cravings the other day was nut butter, just nut butter, nothing else, so I went for finishing this jar of Bliss Nut Butters for a snack.
One thought I had while looking at how much food I share on the blog is this, ‘Did my eating disorder create my love for food?’
I used to be obsessed with, idolize food; I didn’t look at it as a gift from God. I didn’t use it and think about how God had made it so we could give glory to Him and thank Him for it.
Now I love food . . . the art around it. . . the fellowship around it. . . and the reminder that it is to me every day of how much I need Jesus Christ to feed my soul in His fullness and majesty and glory . . . or else I would be spiritually starved and dead without Him.
Food is a reminder of how much I need God, how much I need Jesus; it’s a reminder that I’m not invincible. I can’t create food out of nothing, but God can and God did. The evidence is all around us.
There is so much complexity and beauty to food; it just couldn’t be random. It is so diverse and colorful and varied; and it’s not the only varied thing on this planet. Look at the animals, the plants, and most of all the people created in God’s precious divine and holy image.
The fall damaged that perception of how God created man valuable. We believed the lie that men came from apes, from a random accident, but Jesus came to earth to reconcile man to God, to show us that there is so much more than this earth, than this life, that we were created for God.
Why was man valuable? It is because God is of INFINITE worth, and God chose to make man in His image. God made us to give Him glory, to give Him honor, and praise, and I’m so thankful that Jesus Christ opens our eyes to that purpose for our lives, because there is truly no greater purpose. It makes my heart that is so often hurting from all the hurt in the world and the hurt inside of me and the sin I still fight, joyful and hopeful and thankful that God showed mercy.
That was a total mind dump there; I’ve just been thinking about that since I’ve been immersed in the world of getting to know other bloggers, food bloggers, health bloggers, running bloggers, and it made me ask myself that question about eating disorders creating my love for food.
. . . I’m thankful that it didn’t, and I’m freer around food than I’ve ever been before. Does that mean that I’m perfect? Nope. And Jesus Christ is working on me, shaving off all those rough edges, taking away all those pet sins and idols, and making this broken person daily, someone new, reminding me that I am God’s child, no matter what food I eat and that I can thank Him for the food I eat no matter what it is.
‘Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King.
3 God is in her palaces;
He is known as her refuge.’ (Psalm 48:1-3)
Being free to honor your cravings is amazing; it’s amazing to see food not as your master but as a friend and a gift. It’s fun to combine different foods that used to be scary, to be in awe of how your body will go to its happy weight when you’re not at war with it constantly, and remember what it feels like to honor those child hood cravings again. (Sometimes that means a good ole PB&J or mac n’ cheese or ____(you fill in the blank.)
If you want to learn more about freedom to intuitively eat my girl Lyss, totally knocked it out of the park with this video, ‘Transferring to Intuitive Eating.‘
Are you good at listening to cravings?
Cravings: Do you have this idea that they are good or bad?
Are you scared to listen to your cravings (like I sometimes am?)