Before I get started, I wanted to just put one of my favorite quotes in here, hoping that I can encourage you.
That is what keeps me going so many days when I’m feeling low and weak and down. I was having a rather negative day yesterday, struggling with different things, and God used this verse to really lift my spirits and point me back to Him.
Well, the question at hand is how to be an adventurous eater. This is for picky eaters, those recovering from eating disorders, and even people who just want to branch out a little and try something new.
It’s kind of an ironic title, because I used to be (close to) the world’s pickiest eater. I think I’ve said that before, but as I’ve gotten older, PRAISE the Lord, I started to realize that the world of food was far bigger than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and salad.
Ok, I didn’t just eat those 2 things, but I did have a long list of foods I absolutely didn’t like.
How have I learned to be an adventurous eater?
I thought I would share a few tips for today’s ‘Thankful Tuesday,’ because a BIG part of being adventurous is being grateful. One of things that has really helped me is asking God for the faith to conquer the fear foods and fearful eating situations that make me anxious.
1. Pick a random food from the store that you’ve never tried before… Sometimes it can be something that you are 85% sure will be good like… ‘Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cookie Butter.’ The verdict is that this stuff is REALLY good, and I have to exercise self control while eating it. Self-control isn’t quite as difficult when it comes to eating salad.
Or you could pick something a little less unconventional like calamari at a restaurant. I was a little suspicious when I heard that it was ‘fried squid.’ I have a love/hate relationship with squid. Sometimes I like the chewy texture, but sometimes, too much is too much. This, however, was really good.
2. Go on spontaneous restaurant dates with your family or friends. Make quick decisions when it comes to the menu. Don’t go with what you normally pick or your ‘comfort’ food. Step out in faith and try something a bit different.
When I went to Chipotle before, I would always get a burrito. Yet, I have a confession to make about the burrito bowl that I ordered on Friday. I ordered the burrito bowl out of a mixture of fear and just the fact that I wanted a burrito bowl. I know that people talk about Chipotle burritos having A LOT of calories, and yes, I do sometimes still fear foods that have a lot of calories, but God knew that this wasn’t the only challenge I would have that night. I knew I couldn’t order the burrito if I couldn’t do it in faith. I am thankful that even when my faith is weak, Christ is still strong in me, and God reveals that nothing is impossible with Him.
First I got the bowl… Now, their bowls are no joke. I got rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, chicken, guacamole (they give you so much GUAC!), lettuce, and corn salsa. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Afterwards, strangely enough I was still just a teeny bit hungry or unsatisfied, and I half suggested going to get fro-yo. My friends latched onto the idea, and we went.
Now, when you struggle with intuitive eating, it’s tough to push your stomach right to the point of satisfaction, because it feels so strange to ‘not be hungry all the time.’ However, the more and more I do it, the more I like it, because the hollowness in your stomach at the end of a night is never fun.
With that, I got fro-yo. It wasn’t a ton, but for me, it was a victory. I praised God for the victory. Romans 8:37 says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” I felt like a conqueror through the love of Christ that night. The fro-yo was delicious.
3. Don’t get in a total breakfast rut. I know all of my foodie friends love breakfast, for a good reason. It’s okay if you’re not a huge fan of eggs or bagels, and you’d rather have oatmeal.
Vary up the oatmeal. Don’t just do oatmeal, milk, and brown sugar. I promise you that chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, honey, agave, maple syrup, craisins, cherries, any other dried fruit, or peanut butter all taste really good on a bowl of oatmeal.
You can even do yogurt. 😉
4. Make a new recipe (to you.) It can be anything from a muffin recipe to an exotic Italian dish. You choose…
5. Last, but certainly not the least, when your friends invite you to eat some candy or have a late night snack that isn’t exactly in your comfort zone, have a little bit. I’m not saying that you HAVE to, but to learn to live and enjoy God’s gifts with your friends is so freeing, especially after I spent years being in bondage to food instead of dwelling as a daughter of the King!
Do you have any tips you can share about how to be adventurous with your food?
Are you an adventurous eater?
If you aren’t, how have you become more adventurous?
Thankful to join Mumma’s Scribbles for Twinkly Tuesday too! 🙂