Rumble. Gurgle. I got into bed, and my stomach was empty again, but I ignored it. Night after night I did the same thing, until, one day, it all changed.
And it’s still changing.
What am I learning? I am learning that it’s okay to be full. It’s okay to be satisfied after a meal, at the end of the long day. I don’t need to go to bed feeling empty of food and desperately wanting morning to come so I can eat food again.
God made food for our bodies. He made us to eat it. He didn’t make us to idolize it, but He made us to eat it, and so this is a day of me enjoying it and most of all enjoying Him!
Joining Jenn for one of my favorite low-key link-ups of the week! I honestly love looking at other people’s pictures, and most of the time, I don’t compare my eats with them. (Sometimes I find myself doing it, and I just have to say, “STOP!!!”) I also get good ideas from other bloggers too.
The other day (Saturday) I did a little morning activity that made me STARVING. It was weird, because I didn’t go run a marathon or do anything that most people would consider particularly strenuous, but nonetheless I was starving.
Something I struggled with for a long time and still find myself working to overcome, through Him who loves me is the feeling of guilt over ‘being satisfied.’ I will find myself being anxious that if I eat too much, I’ll gain weight. Time and time again, I have to remind myself that this is not true.
You know what I’ve found? These voices in my head are lies, straight from the Devil. I am constantly having to ask the Lord to set my heart and mind on things above to push these lies out of my head. And it’s okay to be full. In fact, it is a really nice feeling to finally be full and not hungry all the time when I get into bed.
I know that God gave me those different signals for a reason. Starvation is not a good sign. It’s a sign of something being wrong, of a need in your body. God gave me the hungry signal so that I would eat. He gave me the full signal so that I would know I’m satisfied. The more I think about it the more it makes sense, but old habits do die hard. I’ll be honest, though, and say that even though I am not a complete intuitive eater again, I am so much farther down the road than I was just 3 or 4 months ago. His mercies are new every morning.
Again, please don’t feel the need to compare your day of eats to mine. This is what works for my body. I’m still tailoring it. I’m still learning, and I hope that my developing attitude towards food and about food is nothing but uplifting and strengthening to you.
Breakfast: There weren’t really any fruits or vegetables in breakfast because of going to the physical activity and not wanting to um… have to visit the restroom in the middle? (TMI)
It was a honey and peanut butter tortilla which pretty much hit the spot.
We have these massive jars of raw honey in our cupboard, so I’m guessing you will see a good deal of honey in the next couple month/years/decades…
And that feeling of satiety really didn’t last that long. It was about 1.5-2 hours later that I went for an apple and MORE peanut butter.
It was a grazing day, so I kept wandering into the kitchen the whole day. Either I was hungry, or I didn’t have anything else to do. 😉
Lunch was a salad with cheese and tomatoes and cucumbers and dressing of course. I resisted the urge to just dump it all onto a plate and attempted an artistic arrangement of sorts.
Yogurt with chocolate chips and cashews accompanied the salad while I was in the kitchen talking to mom and thinking out loud about the challenges of life.
By the time dinner came around, I had enjoy some grapes and a few other random snacks which I won’t bore you with here.
Dinner was note-worthy and warranted a picture by… my sister. She is a much better food photographer than me. (She’s 15.) And she did the honors of capturing the perfect picture of the colors and the visual appeal of Chicken Caprese.
Taking the time to arrange your food on a plate before consuming it is worth it y’all. I’m learning that, slowly. My impatient nature does not want to agree with that proposition, but I’m slowing down and enjoying the artistic element that goes into creating a meal, a snack, or even a bowl of oatmeal. Don’t forget to check out Alison, Kaila, Megan, Arman, or Amanda if you want to see some more food that makes you want to eat it right out of the computer.
I hope you don’t get bored of icecream, because I don’t think I’m bored of it yet. Actually, when I was in Uganda, I realized just how much I took a simple thing like icecream for granted. The ice cream we have here is REALLY good y’all! 😉 Especially when you can get it for $2.00/1.5 quarts. :o)
I’m the queen of toppings, but lately, I’ve just been going simple and sweet with a bit of peanut butter and chocolate chips. 🙂
There were some other noteworthy eats that I couldn’t ignore this week. I finally finished my last Umpqua Oats. And the last one was just as good as the first. Thank you Umpqua! :)))
Sometimes the bowl of random eats is the best. I scraped out the hummus jar, ate the last piece of cheese, an apple slice, tomatoes, and lettuce. . . + an unpictured banana and peanut butter + more nuts about an hour later + a peach. Oh yes, the peach was just perfect. Thankful for the summer seasons and all that juice dripping down my chin.
You know what amazes me? I’m amazed that I have a Heavenly Father that owns the cattle on a thousand hills and that He has given so much of that bounty to me, a little lady, in the middle of Colorado on a huge globe. He truly is a GOOD GOD!
Psalm 50:10 says, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”
What did you eat this week that was noteworthy?
What is one of your staples that you eat all the time?
If you went to another country would you pack a certain food in your suitcase just cause you like it so much?