Ok guys. It’s time to be honest. Time to be real.

I need help.

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I’ve talked about my lack of cooking mojo, falling into food ruts and possibly still avoiding fear foods and eating safe comfortable foods, but I honestly feel like it is getting a bit out of control. To the point to where I am eating the same things every single day.

Sure there are logical reasons behind food ruts. They’re comfortable, easy, dependable and they even though not glamorous, they’re practical. There are reasons why I have my breakfast wraps for breakfast everyday and nut butter sandwiches for lunch. I can prepare them quickly, there is no hassle and they travel well.

My dinners are typically quick, no hassle meals I know I like. When I get home from work, sometimes the last thing I want to do is spend an hour preparing and cooking a meal. So I tend to fall back on the same foods and meals that are quick and easy. I really just lack the motivation to cook and have no desire to put more effort into my meals than I have to.

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But what frustrates me the most, is with Pinterest and Instagram, I am constantly seeing new things that I want to make, tell myself I am going to make it that night, but when it comes down to it, I don’t, and I resort to my same foods. It’s really quite frustrating. It’s even more frustrating because I love food, I use to love cooking and creating new dishes and I miss that feeling.

Not only is this not good for my recovery, but it’s really not good for my body in terms of nutrition. Our bodies need variety. Yes, I may be eating healthy foods, but eating the same thing over and over is not overall healthy. And I really think adding that variety to my meals would get me excited about cooking again.

I don’t even really know why I do this, in all honesty I don’t fear different foods. I just lack the desire to get into the kitchen and cook something new that may or may not “hit the spot“. I think that is the true fear. Eating something different that doesn’t satisfy me, when I know other foods will.

I almost feel like when I was more in-wrapped in my eating disorder I had more creativity with my meals. I look back and almost miss some of those meals.

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Breakfasts:

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I use to experiment with oat pancakes, tofu scrambles sometimes savory with salsa and sometimes sweet with pumpkin, omelets packed with veggies.

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Lunches:

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Fresh veggie panini’s (never the same twice), tortilla pizza’s, wraps and huge salads.

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Dinners:

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Buffalo “chicken” salads (using Quorn chicken patties), spinach tortellini, tofu rice dishes and quesadilla’s with the most creative fillings.

And even though these aren’t the most  labor intensive meals, the point is, it was different everyday. I want to get back to this type of eating. Having variety and diversity. More whole balanced nutrition.

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But back in the beginning of my recovery, I wasn’t working, and basically sat at home all day which gave me more time to cook, to research, to experiment. I cooked and baked to fill my time.  Now that I am working again (which I love) I don’t have as much energy or time to put into meals and cooking anymore.  Yes, I could food prep, freeze meals, do more crock pot dishes and maybe that is something I need to work on and start doing. I honestly just wish I had someone to cook for me and make me eat different things. In a perfect world right?

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So I guess the point of this post is to maybe get a little kick in the butt, be held accountable and maybe getting it out in the open will help get my butt in gear.

And maybe you guys can give me a few suggestions of some of your favorite meals lately.

Because this whole no variety, eating the same thing  every night thing needs to stop. This girl needs some variety!

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Do you fall into food ruts? How do you get out of them?

(Edit: Writing this post actually did help kick my butt in gear. I currently have this bad boy in the crock pot. Let’s hope things keep rolling!)