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!
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.
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.My 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…This 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.
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.
What are the staples of your diet?