Curry Spiced Roasted Pecans and A New Tab

I’ve decided to do some housecleaning at Eden’s Eats.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to write a semi humorous memoir on my eating disorder and my recovery. So I’ve decided I really want to address issues about these disorders that are rarely mentioned in most books. Stuff like “safe foods”/”fear foods”, trigger foods, certain OCD tendencies, not “exercising” but having trouble staying still etc. Anyhow, I’d like to hear stories of your personal struggles. I cant stress enough that I want those of you WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN DIAGNOSED (ok, enough caps overkill). I want to hear from you “normal” people. Why? because I dont think you need a diagnoses to show that you can still have unhealthy relationship with food, exercise, body etc. Feel free to say and confess anything. You can leave it as anonymous, but in the book I for sure won’t include the names if you dont want me too. So to add an entry, click on the “Share Your Story” tab. They can be long or short, I’ll appreciate your imput. I’ll probably add my own from time to time (I add the first one).

Had a busy work day today, so thats about all I can offer you today. So for the sake of starting a discussion, what would you like me to add in the book? What needs to be addressed about eating disorder that isn’t given much attention? Should I throw in some recipes or food porn, or is that just mean?

Anyhow, heres a short and sweet recipe for the crap load of raw pecans I got today.

2 cups pecan halves
2 teaspoons cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pecan halves in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Stir pecans well to coat with the oil. Sprinkle the curry powder and salt over the oiled pecans and stir well to coat.

Spread the spiced pecans evenly in one layer on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet and place in the oven for 15 – 18 minutes. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature or slightly warm. Store the pecans in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Goes nicely on a salad with chickpeas.

17 thoughts on “Curry Spiced Roasted Pecans and A New Tab

  1. Thanks for your sweet comment 🙂 I have always wanted to start an event planning company – I currently do wedding planning on the side, but I would prefer to move into different types of events, and small personal parties.

    I have never had nuts with a curry flavour, but I love curry, so I am sure they’d be awesome!!!!

  2. I’ve already mentioned some to you, but I’ll list some here:

    1) ED compromises. “Oh, I’ll do this as long as I can do this,” etc, etc bullshit.

    2) Time it takes to eat a damn sandwich. It’s a sandwich, not sex. It needs no foreplay.

    3) Excuses: “Oh, but I really truly, DON’T like fast food/carbs/fat/whatever”. Fine, you’re entitled not to like a certain food, but that doesn’t mean you’ll die for eating them. Being able to eat everything is part of recovery (but excluding truly disgusting stuff like organs and animal blood of course)

    4) Taking more than an hour to grocery shop because you’re reading every damn label and ingredient list.

    5) The danger of certain treatment center environment: such as the silent, jealous competition between ED individuals. That kind of scares and sickens me.

    6) Healthy eating: not a coincidence that a large percentage of ED individuals want to be an RD…

  3. I love the new tab. I certainly have some silly OCD tendencies that I will have to add in. Suh a great idea, Eden. One thing that isn’t really addressed is living life after treatment and after you are “recovered”. People always brush on this, but it always seems as if they have reached this other world where the disorder just isn’t an issue anymore. It would be great to have an after” section with people’s ongoing issues.

  4. Oh I’m sure I can think of something…I think the most consistent is “timing” my meals…as in, eating breakfast and then waiting exactly 2 hours for a snack and then exactly 2 more hours for lunch, etc. I’m sure there are more things though. 🙂

    And about my camera: I use a Canon Rebe XSi…I have a lens from the 35 mm Canon on it, although I am really hoping to get a new one when I have enough pennies saved. I actually don’t like my lens and wish my photos could be better, so I’m glad YOU like them!

  5. Great idea Eden! I love what Astrid said about people who are already ‘recovered’… I think the issues that people still struggle with, even after getting over disordered eating is often overlooked.
    Sophia has pretty much summed up everything else I can think of… which actually describes a lot of the things that I still need to work on. *gulp* I look forward to reading more!

  6. I hope writing this out isn’t triggering for anyone, just wanted to tell you my story, which has never been diagnosed as an eating disorder….

    I started by simply logging into and tracking calories ~4/week when I was 21. It took awhile, as I didn’t get totally into it that fast, but once I noticed I started losing weight, I quickly became anal about tracking calories things like teaspoons of mustard, sticks of sugar free gum, etc, and would not eat ANYTHING without weighing it on a kitchen scale. I LOVED tracking days where my calorie consumption was very, very negetive. I went from ~125 to 102 in 6 months, and then went even lower to 88lbs in another 3. (I’m 5’3″) My period vanished shortly after my 23rd birthday. People stopped saying I looked “good” and starting making those “you need to eat more!” kind of comments. My hair started falling out. My skin turned grey and broke out more than it even had. During the winter when it was too cold to exercise outside, I would squeeze in WiiFit for 2.5+ hours a day. Then, I found blogs. I honestly think this little community turned my outlook on my eating habits around, though have felt triggered at times as well. I read someone’s blog about how they “used to eat under 800 calories a day in their bad times.” Me? 400, sometimes. And here I was, obliviously thinking I was just “dieting.” I started aiming for 1000 calories a day for 2 weeks, then 1200 (which I admittedly plataued on for a few months), and now am eating 1,400 (the control freak in me likes to hit ON THE DOT.) I still am neurotic about things. When I spilled my nightly tea on the kitchen scale, I threw a hissy fit and claimed I wouldn’t eat breakfast in the morning without it, so my boyfriend ran to the store and bought a new one. When I caught him dipping chips into the container of homemade salsa I eat daily, I told him to throw the entire thing out because I didn’t want chip remnants accidentally getting into what I’m eating. He left the container on the counter and I felt embarassed and put it back in the fridge. And, I finished the container, and felt good about it, but with that tinge of ED guilt that I may have eaten some chip. I have LOVED eating again – I fit chocolate, soy milk in my coffee, oils, etc in my diet now and am feeling SO GOOD, my big problem now “meeting my number.” Oh, and let’s not get into my fear of alcoholic beverages, which is tough because I LOVE beer and have no problem drinking it, it’s the thoughts leading up to the first sip that drive me nuts. Right now, I’m NOT exercising, and feel like a lazy lump. I’ve managed to gain though, which as I’m sure you know holds very mixed emotions, though I know I should be happy……. So yeah, there’s my blurb. I’d blog myself, but I’m not funny enough.

  7. in the book i think it would be fun if you added in some fun tidbits from your family like their opinions and stories they remember about battling, recovery or before you struggled. i mean fun as in good reads haha. i love your posts about/from your papa!

  8. That is such a good idea. I was never diagnosed and was always at a healthy weight, but I wasn’t at a healthy weight for me. I’ll try to think of some of my own experiences that would be good!

  9. That’s a great idea, Eden! And I also thought that it would be interesting to hear from recovered people, and how they’re going on (and still dealing with stuff maybe).

  10. This is a great idea! I especially like the “semi-humorous” approach. I think that most people have some food behaviors that can be categorized as OCD. I think there is a really thin line that divides particular from disordered. I always measure my food for example. Is it disordered or just really particular? Hmm..

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