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WIAW #4: Things I Eat A Lot

It’s interesting to me what people’s dietary staples are.

We all have them, I’ve noticed. For my dad, it’s yogurt and pasta and bread from the downtown bakery in Lawrence, Kansas. And baby carrots. And IPA.

For one of my former roommates, it was hummus, Greek yogurt, granola, and eggs.

For my Grandpa, it’s omelets with onion and pepper and ham and cheese, roast beef, and baked potatoes.

My aunt loves almond butter and puts adobo seasoning on everything.

To a certain extent, the low-FODMAP diet, which I follow to help me deal with my digestive issues and stay sane, limits my dietary choices, including some of my old staples, like raisin bran and broccoli. But, of course, I’ve found new ones. And I’ll tell the truth: some of them are very healthy. I still eat a variety of foods, and plenty of all different micronutrients and macronutrients.

But I also eat plenty of “unhealthy” foods.t. A lot. The former disordered eater in me would cringe at some of the foods that are now staples of my diet.

Do I care? Sometimes, a little bit. But for the most part, heck no. I’m proud to say that I’ve got more interesting things on my mind.

So here are a few of my recent delicious eats, with many of my token foods making their appearances.


I eat a lot of…quinoa

In everything. Quinoa stir fry, quinoa salad, quinoa bowls, quinoa granola…and lately, since the FODMAPs cut-off for oats is 1/4 cup and most commercial cereals can only be eaten in small portions on the low-FODMAP diet, I’ve been making a breakfast porridge of half oats, half quinoa flakes. I’ve been re-introducing fructan fruits into my diet, so I’ve been topping my quinoa oats with raisins. Fingers crossed my digestive system can handle it!DSCN0582

I eat a lot of…peanut butter.

I go through peanut butter phases. Sometimes I don’t really crave it for weeks or months. But I got some for a recipe about a month ago, and since then I think I’ve gone through three jars. I have a fourth waiting in the cabinet. I’ve been craving it on toast, bananas, and I’ve also found a new love for peanut butter with carrots. Sounds weird, but it’s really good.DSCN0583

I eat a lot of…bananas.

I freeze them and put them in smoothies. I make banana nut butter ice cream. I eat them on my cereal and with my peanut butter toast. I bake with them all the time–muffins, bread, pancakes. And I just eat them.DSCN0616My roommate and sweetheart are both allergic to bananas. Irony!

I eat a lot of…cheese.

On pizza. On quesadillas, enchiladas, taco salad, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, tuna and noodles, sliced in little pieces for a snack…DSCN0570This Greek-style pizza I’ve been nibbling at for a couple of days is topped with mozzarella and feta, but also features a few other ingredients that I use a lot, especially since starting the low-FODMAP diet: pesto and roasted red peppers.

In general, between the peanut butter and the cheese and the pesto and the roasted vegetables, I eat a lot of fat. Technically, high-fat foods can trigger IBS symptoms, and I should be careful to not overdo it. But there’s also the part of me that’s been through an eating disorder and isn’t interested in listening to anyone telling me not to eat fats, which brings me to…

I eat a lot of…chocolate.

Thank goodness dark chocolate is low in FODMAPs, at least in moderate quantities.

I eat a sweet treat pretty much every night. And I often have a sweet breakfast, as well. So yeah, I probably eat more sugar than a dietitian would approve of. Do I care? Sometimes. But then I tell the part of me that cares to shut up and go eat dessert anyway.

Sometimes I think recovering from disordered eating is not so much about making the voices go away–I don’t know if they ever go completely away–but knowing when to tell them to shut up. Nowadays, they mostly grumble and whine in the background of my thoughts, but they rarely get loud or distract me.

DSCN0577I eat a lot of…kabocha squash.

Not only is it low-FODMAP, it also happens to be the most delicious winter squash you’ve ever had!DSCN0584

There’s one other food I eat super-often, and that’s mayonnaise.

I went back to full fat mayonnaise when I was trying to gain weight in recovery, and I am never. going. back. I love it in egg salad and chicken salad, dig it on sandwiches and burgers, and it is ToDieFor on French Fries. Never tried it? Try it.

DSCN0513This is egg salad made with mayonnaise and whole grain dijon mustard on gluten-free bread. Can you think of a more scrumptious lunch?

What are the staples of your diet?

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  1. Cora says:

    Pretty much…. all of these things. They would all make my favorite foods list.
    I think you are spot on about not “getting rid of the thoughts”…. I don’t think they ever will completely go away… but rather being able to just shut them up so that they eventually get weak enough and just run away scared.
    Carrots and pb does not sound strange at all… I love it. I have yet to find anything I don’t like with peanut butter. I love toast with peanut butter and tomato and salt, or toast with peanut butter CHEESE and apple. Weird? So good.

    1. Joyce says:

      Peanut butter and tomato. Funky I’ll have to try that. Peanut butter and sweet pickles is also super-good!

  2. I eat a lot of peanut butter, bananas, Greek yogurt, and chickpeas! I pretty much have a combination of those every single day, haha.

  3. I’ve been eating massive amount of PB these days – I’m the same way where I’ll go through a month or so of eating it non-stop and then the craving wanes off. I’m (almost) ashamed to say I went through half a jar since I opened my newest one last week!

  4. Pb and chocolate will always be staples in my diet, so good!

  5. Ellie says:

    The staples of my diet are peanut butter, bananas, apples, flour, milk, hummus, BBQ sauce and chickpeas. I once tried to play that game of pick three foods to only eat forever and I think I picked bananas, peanut butter and chickpeas. I do also eat a lot of broccoli and cauliflower. Favorite veggies for sure!
    I’ve never had kaboucha squash, what is it like?

    1. Joyce says:

      It’s similar to butternut squash, just super-creamy and sweet. I definitely recommend trying it!

  6. Kate says:

    Love the looks of that pizza!! Cheese, chocolate, and peanut butter are three foods I eat almost everyday. We all have our staples. I’d probably add eggs and spinach to the list!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh, yeah! Spinach is definitely a staple of my diet, as well. Greens in general.

  7. I love what you said about the voices. I don’t think they will ever disappear completely, but being able to tell them to shut up on command is SUCH progress from where I was even a year or two ago, and certainly way further than I was in college. I also find myself eating a lot more foods I restricted or wouldn’t touch because I was afraid I had no self control around them. Like peanut/sunflower butter – which is accurate, I can’t stop at one tablespoon, but I don’t feel like I need to now! It’s only when I’ve eaten 1/4 the jar and my stomach starts to feel rumbly that I regret it. And only sometimes 🙂

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