The Lays potato chip commercials were a blatant challenge and one that so many of us struggle with – the bowl of potato chips. I openly admit that I can’t eat just one. In fact, my conscious mind seems to go numb in the presence of chips. I have had that experience of suddenly being “snapped out of it” to find myself literally shovelling chips into my mouth, the bowl is almost empty and my sister is giving me an evil stare.
If there were no consequences, I would eat chips every day. I don’t like all kinds – the Party Mix, Munchos, Pringles and the original Sun Chip are a few of my favourites. What about you? Do you love Doritos, ketchup or BBQ flavours – the ones that dye your finger tips? Or maybe it’s the new flavours with maple and bacon (mmmm … I’m drooling while writing this).
How do you avoid temptation?
I don’t bring them into the house. Simple as that.
It works well for the day to day but parties and family gatherings get me every time. I intentionally make an appetizer to serve friends that doesn’t involve chips but at other people’s homes I really struggle.
If you’re like me and could eat the whole bag by yourself, here are three strategies to help:
- Listen to your body. When I’m really stressed out, I’ll reach for what’s salty and opening a bag of chips does the trick. That salty craving is actually a sign that your body needs minerals. Commercial chips don’t use salt with high mineral content and they use high temperature fats that our body’s can’t easily process into building blocks for cell health. Even worse, chips are processed with high calories, low nutrients and I just know I’ll feel ill and then hungry again. Try instead half an avocado sprinkled lightly with pink Sea Salt for the real nutrients you need.
- Put them on a plate. Choose how many you’d like to have at that event (maybe it is just one or a whole handful). Put them on a plate or napkin and really savour them – the crunchy sensation and intense salt flavour. Commit to yourself and a good friend at the party that you won’t go back for seconds.
- Move away from where they are. Part of the challenge is that the bowl is right there! You’re talking, enjoying a beverage, and reaching into the bowl. Literally move the bowl away from your seat, or move yourself to the other side of the room. Ask your host/hostess for a glass of water. That way, you won’t feel thirsty and can sip and savour your beverage and focus on the conversation with friends.
Do you have a favourite chip flavour? Hit reply or leave a comment about how you keep from eating the whole bag.