Instead of discussing what I have been eating lately, how about we talk about what I haven’t been eating?
I came up with this idea because I thought it would make for a more interesting post than sharing the same salads over and over again. However, it actually took me a few minutes to really think about the foods I haven’t been eating since I am such a creature of habit!
Although, there have been a few minor tweaks to what I eat on a regular basis. Maybe not so much in the last little while, but certainly over the years since starting my blog in 2013.
If you are a long time reader, maybe you remember that my post-run oatmeal always included greek yogurt.
Plain greek yogurt (usually Stonyfield) mixed with oatmeal, berries, and peanut butter was my thing!
I totally stopped eating greek yogurt almost three years ago now. Wow, how time flies!
^ I also stopped eating the Trader Joe’s peanut butter with flax seeds that you see in this picture!
Why I stopped eating greek yogurt: I had a bad virus (summer 2015) which left me with stomach pain for a few weeks depending upon the foods that I ate. During that time, I gave up greek yogurt completely and then never went back.
Is it smart to skip greek yogurt when the protein, calcium, and probiotics are really healthy for me, especially as a meatless eater? Probably not but I dropped it and now lost my taste for it. I haven’t tried to eat greek yogurt in a while but the last time I made the attempt, I didn’t like it. I know that it would probably take me a few meals to adjust back to the taste and then I would be fine but bleh, I don’t want to bother.
Who remembers my peanut butter pantry stocked with PB2 and Peanut Butter and Co. peanut butter?
I went through my phases with PB2 over the last few years and right now, I’m totally off it. Not only is PB2 pricey, it’s not exactly as satisfying as real peanut butter.
Sure, PB2 has its benefits and I always liked it stirred into my pre-run bowl of oatmeal. It had a good texture for certain recipes and worked well in smoothies. However, I don’t need to spend the money on it. More often than not, because of the lack of fat content in the PB2, I was left unsatisfied and craving another serving. I do much better just eating real peanut butter and I think I save money too!
Speaking of saving money, I stopped buying Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter over a year ago (or maybe two years ago?). It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s that I couldn’t get it so easily or for a decent price on a regular basis. I switched over to Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy (salted) peanut butter and really haven’t looked back.
Gosh how I LOVED my recipe for the three ingredient pancake! However, I can’t eat the pancake as often as I would like so now I don’t even think to eat it at all.
The three ingredient pancake involves eggs and eating eggs on a regular basis totally correlates with the months that I suffer from severe menstrual cramps. I realize this sounds crazy but as you may know, what you eat 100% relates to how you feel. Food can affect our hormone levels which definitely affects the menstrual cycle. There are even menstrual cycle diets to follow not only for cycle regulation but for pain management too!
How good does this pancake look though? I loved it with blueberries and peanut butter on top.
While my cycle has always been more regular than a person on a pill (aside from when I dealt with amenorrhea) I did grow up experiencing horrendous menstrual cramps. The kind of pain (with vomiting and fainting) that would rule my life until after my son was born. Having a baby definitely helped to minimize how bad the pain was for me (as did switching to a meatless diet!) EXCEPT during the months that I ate eggs on a regular basis. It’s actually amazing how different my pain levels can be based upon what I eat. The pain I experienced during the months that I was eating more eggs was so recognizably different and bad that it’s just not worth it to me. There are plenty of other foods to eat that don’t make me feel bad!
Are there any foods that you used to eat but now realize you haven’t had in a while?