5 Things I’ve Learned About My Relationship With Food

It’s amazing how little food I actually need to survive. I know I overeat. It’s something that’s been with me since childhood and something that I’ve been working on ever since I recognised the issue. It was really reinforced during recovery from surgery when I couldn’t eat much and quite frankly didn’t really have an appetite to.

Here are some of the things I’ve changed about my eating habits

  1. Not eating out of habit
    I’ve always, when making myself toast or eggs, served myself two regardless of whether I wanted them or not. It was something that just always happened.  After surgery I realised that I was more than satisfied with just one and that I usually ate the other out of habit. If I’ve finished and want some more, I can always make more even though it can be annoying.
  2. Drinking water
    If I feel hungry, I drink a glass of water. When I’m working I can easily get my 2 litres a day but when I’m home I really struggle. I don’t substitute food with water but it does help me differentiate between hunger and thirst.
  3. Make my own junk food
    I’ve learned that it’s ok to have cravings but what’s better is if I can make healthier versions of what I crave. Chocolate and cookies are my biggest weakness so I make my own with ingredients like coconut oil, cacao powder, oats, honey, banana etc.
  4. Accepting that its ok to leave food
    This is the hardest one for me. I have a complicated relationship with food as so many people do and whilst I’m working on it, it still comes out. Leaving food is one of the hardest things for me. I became accustomed to eating everything served to me for a number of reasons and I just couldn’t understand how people stopped halfway because they were full. I realised after researching eating habits that I had grown my stomach to only be full after a lot of food, too much for what my body actually needs. So now if I feel full, more often than not I can leave food on my plate. I still struggle with this when I eat out because there’s the financial side of it but it’s improving. I do now manage to go to places that also serve take-away which means if I don’t finish my meal, I can take it home. Last night I still had a good 2/3 of my pasta on my plate once I was done so it was packed up and it is now my lunch today. If more places were allowed to do this, I think many people wouldn’t overeat when they are out.
  5. Understand that I can have anything I want, when I want
    I’m very lucky that as an adult, I’ve never gone without. I can basically afford to buy myself anything I crave and cook it that night. This is something that is a really big issue for me like point no. 4. It took me a really long time to understand that I don’t need to gorge myself on something just because it’s there because I can have it again tomorrow if I want.

These are all things that have helped me understand my relationship with food. It’s still complicated and there’s still a long way to go but it’s improving and for that I’m thankful.

 

Note – one book that really helped me with identifying my unhealthy relationship with food is Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. I re-read it at least once a year just as a reminder.

Ricotta Pancakes For Brunch

I’ve made a lot of lasagna over the last couple of weeks because it was the only food I could eat for a while that had some sort of meat in it. The lasagna recipe I use requires a fair bit of ricotta cheese and as it happens, I usually have some left over. I’ve never been a huge fan of ricotta, mostly because I’m partial to feta or goats cheese but I had a fair bit left and didn’t want to waste it. I’d been craving pancakes ever since I had some on Saturday so I decided that seeing as I didn’t go to work today I would make some ricotta pancakes.

I looked at recipes but to be honest most of them were far more complicated than I wanted them to be. I wanted something quick and easy.  So I whipped up a quick batch by sheer intuition and I have to say they didn’t turn out so bad.

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The plate size is between a bread plate and a dinner plate – I’m not sure of the official name but I assume there is one. If you know what it’s called, comment below and tell me!

Here’s the recipe.

1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 cup ricotta cheese

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and quickly fry in butter.

I made 4 pancakes with this recipe but you’d easily be able to stretch that to 8 smaller sized pancakes.  I added some honey and blueberries for some sweetness because the recipe doesn’t have any sugar in it.

I quite like cooking using guess work. I find it makes things a bit more interesting. The only downside is if something becomes complicated with lot of steps and you want to recreate it but can’t because you don’t remember all the measurements. But as this only had 4 ingredients, it was pretty easy to remember.