Typically, a food jag occurs when a child will only eat one particular food or meal for a few days or even weeks straight.
Adults can find themselves in a similar, less extreme pattern when they crave/eat the same few meals over and over again. A lot of bloggers refer to this as a food rut… but i’m not a fan of how negative the term “rut” feels to me, so let’s just say I’ve been “jagging” lately. It happens.
Actually, if you give me something new and exciting to eat every day, I’ve noticed I’m much more likely to overeat.
Crazy, right? Let’s get real for a sec here. There’s a ton of research on this phenomenon if you’re interested, b/c it totally doesn’t happen to just me, but here’s my story:
I’ve noticed when a new meal is in front of me I tend to eat much faster (ahhh yum! get in my face!) and therefore don’t get my hunger cues until the meal has been polished off and half P’s plate is now missing too. (sorry P!)
My regular rotation meals (the food jaggy stuff) are eaten and savored much slower and I get those hunger cues on time. Of course, creating new recipes and trying meals at fun local restaurants are not only things I enjoy, but something I do on a weekly basis!
So, for me, it’s all about finding that balance. I typically don’t have desserts b/c food calories are much more satisfying to me than sugar calories. (to me, i’ll never deny you a cupcake, cupcake!) But if the craving strikes, I’ll adjust my plan of action so I can enjoy a treat. So basically, sometimes I have boring meals amist the super exciting ones.
And that’s totally OK with me, since those meals aren’t really boring…. They’re absolutely delicious! Plus, I typically get hooked on 2-3 meals at a time, I still get a ton of variety of colors and produce on my plate.
Here are a few meals I can’t stop stuffing my face with lately.
Veggies, Beans & Rice
Serving it up as a side dish or entree is no big deal, but after eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 3 days in a row, I’m ready to admit I have a problem. A delicious problem…
Mushroom Ravioli topped w/ even more mushrooms
I break up the “jag” by pairing it with different veggies sides and a different sauce each time.
Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo ball soup is another year round obsession for me. I make a giant batch of it once, sometimes twice, a month and just absolutely adore it! It lasts long enough to be frozen for a later date… and its one of the few things I can’t get sick of no matter how often I eat it. Plus i’m 99% sure it fixes everything from allergies to full blown colds.
It’s my windex.
“Put it on your foot and your foot doesn’t hurt anymore!”
So I’m curious, do you ever find yourself food jagging it up?
What’s one meal you just can’t get enough of?