Intuitive eating is not a ‘one size’ fits all approach. I’ve learned that I can’t always intuitively eat as someone in recovery, at least not at this stage in recovery. Recovery is a hard thing. It’s a bumpy road. It’s a WORTH while road, but sometimes I’m just not hungry or I don’t want to eat, but I know I need to eat, as someone who has a body that’s very sensitive to restriction.
I’m learning that intuitively eating isn’t something that I can use ALL the time as someone in recovery.
Well. . . why is that?
It’s because my body needs to function correctly, and I need that nourishment whether or not my feelings say that I need it or not. That’s why intuitively eating is not the easiest thing for me yet. One thing I’ve learned lately from going through ‘The Armor of God’ study by Priscilla Shirer is that my feelings are not an indication of the truth. I need to root myself in the truth of:
God made my body.
God made nourishment, and that’s a GOOD thing.
Nourishment is a good thing.
Restriction only drains my body of energy, and I need that energy to live, to love, to serve Jesus.
Sometimes my feelings scream at me and say, ‘DON’T eat that food. You’ll gain more weight.’ Or they say, ‘WHY ARE YOU eating food right now? It’s not time for lunch.”
Or I’ll be stressed, and whenever I’m stressed I can’t eat very well, and I’m also usually not very hungry. However I know that I need to eat, so I often will eat even though my ‘feelings’ say no.
That was what’s been on my mind for this week’s WIAW with Laura and Jenn. I hope to be back tomorrow with a podcast about ‘Exercise: It’s Pros and Cons in Recovery.’ This is me mostly ‘intuitively’ eating and nourishing even when I don’t feel like eating right now.
My favorite eats are always on Instagram if you want a peek. But I can also give you a quick and fun sneak peek here.
Tortilla Soup and Parmesan Cheese and Chips = COMFORT FOOD to the max. I love soup. I love that soup is so comforting and easy and flavorful. It’s always a fun meal that you can customize depending on what ingredients you have. It’s also such a yummy meal for a cold spring night, because we just had a snow night last night.
Cinnamon Crunch Imitation Bagels – I LOVE Panera’s Cinnamon Crunch bagels with the big chunks of cinnamon sugar topping and the chewiness, so I thought I would try to make some bagels on Saturday.
And guess what? PRAISE THE LORD! They turned out so well; they were definitely softer and a bit denser with whole wheat flour, but they have to be my new favorite with almond butter, strawberry jam, and caramel M&Ms.
Perfect Bars – Perfect Bar is my favorite ‘protein bar’ hands down; most protein bars are a little too chewy or too sweet for me, but these are the ‘perfect’ texture, taste, and they literally melt in your mouth.
Some of my favorite flavors that they have include:
Coconut Peanut Butter
Chocolate Walnut Brownie
Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter
But I love them all. really. 🙂
More Cinnamon Crunch Bagels = I literally loaded this bagel down with my favorite coconut chips, dried cranberries, yogurt, homemade strawberry jam (I love this super easy recipe without pectin)
One of these snacks that will NEVER ever get old. Or I guess this was part of my lunch. – Stuff your favorite almost empty PB jar with yogurt, fruit, chocolate, granola, and whatever else sounds good. Maybe don’t do mustard.
ALWAYS a Yogurt Fan: One thing I have to watch in recovery is getting stuck in food ruts. I know there are others who will agree with me there, and I was doing yogurt for breakfast every day, but I realized I was getting stuck in that rut and not branching out to other things. Right now I really want to get into doing more pancakes and waffles so I’m not afraid of them; I do love them, but I so quickly go into that food rut. Right now I’m eyeing Kat’s Cinnamon Roll Waffles and pancakes for a breakfast or two this week.
But I will still always love loading a yogurt cup with all the goods whether it be a cookie, muffin, nut butter, chocolate, cereal, or whatever you can stuff into there.
Now let’s talk about something. . .
I used to write REALLY long blog posts. I did. I think I thought I knew more about recovery and walking with Jesus than I did, but God is teaching me this right now in 2 Corinthians 12:9 ,’And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’
I’ve felt so weak lately, like I’ve failed and am failing my readers and my family and those around me, but this hit me SOO hard in a grace filled, amazing way.
Because I’m weak, God’s strength is made perfect in that. Wow. That’s awesome.
So I’ll keep realizing that I’m weak without Him, but in Him I can be strong. In my weakness you can see His strength.
Intuitively Eating: Is it something that you can trust your body to do most of the time?
What’s been your favorite breakfast lately? Do you get into any food ruts?