“Not my favorite…but it isn’t offensive to my tastebuds.”
[Before we get into the post today, I wanted to let you know that I hired someone, Hannah Steffen, RDN, LD, to work with me to provide nutrition counseling! I have had much demand for weeknight and weekend nutrition counseling sessions and while I’m not able to offer that, Hannah is. If you’d like to read more about Hannah and see her hours, click here. If you’d like to schedule with Hannah for support with disordered eating/eating disorder recovery, email me at: immaEATthat@gmail.com]
In writing posts for the blog, I tend to jump around a bit in who each post is geared towards within the recovery spectrum. I hope this post will be especially helpful to those in the early to mid phases of recovery.
A few years ago, while making peace with calorie containing drinks, I set a food challenge for myself to drink a sweetened iced latte a day. At the time calorie containing drinks added stress to my life. I wanted to be able to enjoy them without fear/guilt, but drinking them was racked with guilt. With foods that are fearful to you, the only way out is through. There is no way to make peace with the foods you fear without eating the foods you fear.
When ordering the lattes each day I found that sometimes I’d order them and they were overly sweet for my tastebuds’ preferences. Something that helped me when a drink was overly sweet was reminding myself that while this isn’t the sweetness level I would have chosen, it isn’t offensive to my tastebuds. Yes, it tastes a bit like what I imagine rocket fuel would taste like with a level of sweetness where I can’t taste the coffee at all, but sweetness doesn’t taste bad. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not offensive. Our bodies can process sweet things, it tends to be the mind that gets in the way.
I was thinking about this last week as I drove through one of my favorite restaurants in the Heights, as I do most weeks. I got my kolaches (aka sausage wrapped in a slightly sweet dough, for those of you who don’t live in Texas) and an iced latte and drove off. When I sipped my latte I noticed it was not in fact an iced vanilla latte and was instead a iced lavender latte. I typically think lavender flavored things taste like soap, but I took a couple sips and realized, it’s not my favorite but, once again, it is still drinkable and isn’t offensive to my tastebuds as the soapy taste was only ever so slight.
Are there any one liners around food, exercise or body image that you’ve found helpful in your recovery? The term “this isn’t my favorite…but it isn’t offensive to my tastebuds” also comes in handy when a meal isn’t a gourmet experience or isn’t as satisfying as one hoped it would be.
I hope you are having a good week. See you guys back here next Wednesday!