Reconnecting With My Great Love

My greatest love of all might just be Old Dutch Dutch Cruncher Potato Chips. I love them. I love how they crunch, how they taste, how they smell. I even love the greasy fingers I am left with after pounding a bag as it makes my hands feel so soft. They are the perfect thickness of chip with the perfect amount of fake flavor coating. They do not cheat on me, lie to me or make me cry and they are always there whenever I need them. My last meal needs to be a bag of Mesquite Bar-B-Que chips and a piece of chocolate cake. Mmmmmm.

But, with Operation Suck Less 2014 ™ I have had to forgo these tasty morsels as part of my attempt to kick my triangle of death addiction that is salt, sugar and grease.

When I first gave them up in February, it was easy but about a month later I could hear them calling to me from the grocery store begging me to eat them. I had to plan my shopping visits very carefully so I would not succumb to their taunts. I even dreamt about them one night which is rather creepy. The junk food addiction is strong in this one and my body did not know what to do without its familiar fuel. My will power held fast and eventually I forgot about my love and moved on to other less satisfying but better for me snacks.

My will power held strong, until last night.

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A Good Sunday Habit Renewed

Part of Operation Suck Less 2014™ includes eating healthier, mostly at least, and to make this easier I have returned to my habit of a Sunday cooking extravaganza. It helps having plenty of food prepped and ready so I do not have any excuse to grab some junk.

I turn on peppy music, make sure I have bandages at the ready, and start cutting veggies. I always caramelize onions or shallots and sauté mushrooms. I blanch a few others like green beans or broccoli and then chop and peel a variety of raw options like carrots and celery. If I am really in a cooking mood, I will take the peels, tops etc and make a stock.

In addition to the veggies, I make some meat item, usually Chicken, and boil some eggs. Finally, I make some hummus or a batch of lentils. I am exploring new recipes to add a little variety to the mix and help prevent the dreaded taste bud boredom that can only be broken with chips or cake.

My prepped food can be eaten as is, in an omelet, non-fried-stir-fry or even a soup depending on my mood. Having the hard part out of the way makes the rest of the week easier.

When all is done, I look at how pretty my refrigerator looks with all the healthy food lined up nicely in my glass containers and then convince myself I should eat some of that and not go out for Chinese. It usually works.