Why My Recipes Are Missing Something Common...
When I was at the worst point of my journey to balanced eating, I had a really hard time following recipes. I would freak out if something had sugar, non-whole grains, or an excess amount of cheese. More than anything though, I would freak out about the serving sizes. Even if I was still hungry after finishing a meal, I would not allow myself to eat that second piece of toast because I felt as if the recipe told me not to. If it went beyond the serving size, it wasn't allowed. I was being unhealthy. And so for many meals, I would stop eating even though my body still needed more fuel. It was the same way with nutrition labels. Sugar freaked me out- I honestly had a fear of it- and anything that I deemed too high in calories was off limits.
I would be lying if I said I am 100% fine now when I see ingredients in recipes, serving sizes, or sugar content. I know I have made a tremendous amount of progress, but with health studies being published every day and people constantly trying to tell me (and you and us) how to eat, it can be really hard to convince ourselves to eat anything other than veggies (which apparently now don't even exist and are just a fruit? So are veggies even okay for you? See what I mean... everything always changes. What is deemed "healthy" now may be considered the worst thing in the world for you tomorrow).
So, that is why you won't ever find nutritional labels or definite serving sizes in my recipes. I know this sounds confusing- how will you know what to prepare? The recipes I post follow the serving sizes I eat and find satisfying, which does not necessarily mean they are what is best for you. What if you do need to be watching your calorie intake and are working with a nutritionist? Well, then please do speak to them before making my dishes. I assure you I will always do my best to provide wholesome recipes with easily identifiable ingredients. And if I do post a different kind of recipe at some point, I will make sure to use a disclaimer.
As for not knowing what to prepare- I've got you covered on that as well. I will always include measurements and proportions when necessary, such as in baking recipes. Also, when cooking food like oatmeal or quinoa, the box's instructions on how to cook are generally important. But, I will never include set serving sizes or what I consider unnecessary units. Consider the recipes ratios, guidelines so you know how many bananas are needed per egg to create my delicious "three ingredient" pancakes.
Every human has a different eating style that they, and their body, define. Maybe you like a lot of banana in your oatmeal, and maybe you don't like as much granola. If you are smaller, you may not eat as much as a person that is over six feet tall. If you run five miles one morning, you may be a lot hungrier than you are on a rest day. Balanced eating is defined by the individual, and I am not a registered dietitian, or YOU for that matter... So who am I to decide how much you can or cannot eat?
Now, even though I do not always include measurements, I do not mean to imply you shouldn't be listening to your body or aware of how much you are eating. I just don't believe I am in the place to try and do that for you.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns on balanced eating or my decision to not include measurements, please leave them below or submit them under the Contact section.