Adding Variety (or Trying To Be Adventurous With My Food)

I’ve talked about my food rut before. I pretty much eat the same few things every single day. I have 2 or 3 different things that I will make for breakfast, lunch is pretty much always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some fruit, and dinner is some sort of salad or frozen entree.

Some of this food rut is due to my OCD and other parts of it are due to laziness. I’m not a huge cook, and especially during the summer when it’s so hot I don’t want to use any appliances in my house.

But within my few things I eat each day, I’m trying to change up some individual items.

For breakfast, instead of eating plain greek yogurt, I’m adding some granola that has flaxseed in it (I actually don’t mind the taste of flaxseed). That might not seem like a huge change, but it is for me. And I’m noticing that I’m not as hungry when lunchtime comes when I do add in the granola.

Dinner is still a tough one for me. 3 nights a week I’m getting home from Orangetheory at dinnertime and I’m starving. I need something to eat quickly. So I’ve been eating salads from Subway (no dressing just vinegar) or frozen entrees from Trader Joes (I’m loving the cod dinner right now). I’m working on trying to pre-make salads at home, but it seems like the veggies go bad before I use them up. So spending a little money to get a salad made isn’t too horrible. I’m also looking into some no-cook or slow cooker only recipes that freeze well. It’s tough when you cook and it makes 4 or 6 servings. I’m ok with leftovers the next day, but I don’t want to eat it multiple days in a row. So I need something that I can freeze.

My latest attempt at adding variety to my diet was changing up the fruit I eat at lunch. Most of the time I eat a banana and occasionally I’ll have an apple, but that’s pretty much it for now. I’m not a picky eater, I just am set in my ways.

So the last time I went to Trader Joes, I walked around trying to find another fruit that looked good to me. I saw some peaches that looked nice so I got them.

A day after I purchased the peaches, the mass recall of fruit (including peaches from Trader Joes) happen. And yes, I double checked everything and the container of peaches that I purchased is on the recall list.

I haven’t returned my peaches yet (maybe I’ll do that tomorrow), but now I’m definitely not eating them.

I’m trying to not see this as a sign that I shouldn’t change things up. It’s just dumb luck.

But it probably will be another week or so before I end up trying another fruit for lunch time. For now, I’m back to my bananas.

5 responses to “Adding Variety (or Trying To Be Adventurous With My Food)

  1. fairygoodiemother

    I can understand the rut – I’m in one for breakfast and lunch…I eat the same thing every day for both meals too (love the bananas!)…BUT, I’m trying to look at food as a source of fuel, and less of a source of enjoyment – yeah right?! Haha. This mindset is most challenging for dessert…THAT is for sure.

    If you figure out any ways to get outta the food rut, lemme know!

    🙂 A

  2. Make sure you’re eating protein within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. Sorry about the peaches 🙁 if you want help with a food plan, let me know. I used to eat the same things every day bc I’m picky, but I’ve found simple ways to switch it up! 🙂

  3. I think trying to change things up is a great idea. I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to food, too. But especially when I started trying to limit the amount of bread and pasta I eat, forcing me to explore other foods, I realized that there are a lot of GREAT foods that I just wasn’t exposed to, or wasn’t eating out of habit. So many things you’re eating out of habit may be the very things that are keeping weight on (like PB&J every day, which is carbs/sugar and harder for your body to break down, for example) no matter how much exercise you do. Also, if your diet doesn’t change much (I don’t just mean portions, I mean nutritional value), your body gets used to it, and you plateau. Maybe talk to a nutritionist about figuring out what your body would NEED to help boost your metabolism and encourage weight loss, then figure out foods you actually like that would fit that criteria?

    As for fruit – I’m not a crunchy fruit girl. 🙂 So I love bananas, too. AND peaches (sorry they didn’t work out). But what about grapes or oranges (or those awesome, tiny Clementines!).

    Also, something you might want to try w/your yogurt that I like is mixing fresh berries into your plain yogurt instead of granola. It TOTALLY fills you up, and tastes really good. It’s like making your own “fruit on the bottom” without the additional sugar. 🙂

    Good luck!

  4. great post of yours and i totally agree with Teresas comments.
    just an hour ago while grocery shopping in a store i hadnt been for a long while and picking other foods than i usually do… i was thinking of your post. lol. what i realized , i was buying much more pre-made or frozen items and everything had way too much extra wrapping garbage (which i hate) and i have the twist too of mainly eating the same food every day, so there are no rotten things in my fridge in case i dont eat it in time… aso aso .
    i dont know if there are the same services in the USA , but i am thinking of trying one of those weekly “Cookboxes” where you get delivered a box filled with – mostly organic- food items , configurated to make the exact numbers of meals for the week (they change the menue weekly and one can check them out before ordering) . of course with matching recipes . All you got to do is cook. 😉 btw i am not a cooking person as well…. there are clearly advantages . but the boxes are always for minimum 2 persons and its somewhat pricey. so you gotta eat the meals for 2 days or share iwth a neighbour/friend when you are single.
    cant hurt to try once , right ?
    all the best
    Carola

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