Tuesday, 30 October 2012

CAA- Chipotle Addicts Anonymous


After countless attempts of opening and closing my refrigerator door in hopes to figure out what I wanted to eat for dinner, I could not help but cave in to the little Mexican man that permanently sits on my shoulder. Who is this little Mexican man that I speak so fondly of? Well, it’s Sir Chipotle! After I caved into my decision, I immediately began to sigh. 

“Why do I feel guilty eating chipotle?”

Here’s why:

Yesterday at 7 p.m. I found myself making excuses for reasons why I wanted to go to Chipotle for dinner. As I reached the heaven’s gates, I murmured to my twin sister

“Oh man, I really hope that they hired new employees just so that I could avoid them recognizing my frequent face.”

I prepared myself for the religious experience I was about to embark on.  As I approached the counter, I told them that I wanted a burrito bowl filled with brown rice.


The glorious burrito bowl maker replied,

“Oh don’t worry honey, I remember what you order. Half chicken, half steak, and extra mild salsa.”

At that moment I felt as if my face was turning to the colour of the mild salsa.  That’s the moment it all clicked. I am a Chipotaholic.

After I took my last bite of my Mexican fiesta, I told myself, that this was it.

“It wasn’t you, it’s me”.

That Chipotle and I needed to go a break. I admitted I knew it was going to be very difficult for me, but its something that I need to.

The next day at 12:45 p.m. as my head is wandering into the Chipotle abyss, I try to remain committed to my decision. No Chipotle! Once I reach home, I noticed that I am cooking a homemade burrito.

“What’s wrong with me?”

“Are there others out there like me?”

 I pulled out my Macbook and Googled


Here are some tips and tricks to limit your Chipotle intake:

1) Admit that you have trouble-saying no to certain foods: Voice this to your family and friends. Having others support can help you resist those mouth-watering cravings.
2) Join a support group: Because, no Chipotle Anonymous exists, I decided to create a Tumblr page dedicated to all the burrito lovers.
3) Learn to cook similar food at home: Eating out frequently can be very costly. There are several online recipes that allow you to make homemade Chipotle dishes. Yes, it’s not 100 per cent the same, but it will do.
4) Do not cut it out “cold turkey”: Do not deprive yourself or you will crave it more. Instead, slowly limit yourself to having it once a week, and continue to balance it with your other eating habits.

I have been keeping my promise to get over my addiction but it has not been easy. I know it will take some time and I may fall off the wagon once or twice, but I will do it.


What foods are YOU addicted to?
How do YOU cope?




6 comments:

  1. Oh my god beth I love you.
    I'm completely addicted to Burrito Boyz and waffles. How do I cope? I eat them. I can't say no!

    Waffles are my life.

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  2. Aww. I love you too! Saying no is definitely the hardest part. Be sure to try some of the tricks and tips I suggested. They really do help. Just think, at least we have each other, now we can start up a support group for food addicts. :)

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  3. I have an addiction to sushi. Specifically butter fish sashimi. You have proven to be an expert on the Latino/Latina food scene. Can you transfer your expertise to the Asian sphere?

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  4. You seem to not be alone! So many of my friends are addicted to sushi. I actually went through a phase when I was addicted to vegetarian sushi. Some might say boring, I know. As I stated above, it's evident that I prefer Mexican food over any other type of cultural food. However, you can easily apply the tips and tricks that I stated above and relate it to sushi.

    1) Admit that you have trouble-saying no to certain foods: Voice this to your family and friends. Having others support can help you resist those cravings.
    2) Join a support group: Use social media to help find you one via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or on Google.
    3) Learn to cook similar food at home: Eating out frequently can be very costly. I personally do not know how to make sushi at home. However, I have heard through the grapevine that some sushi restaurants offer sushi-making classes. As well lots of grocery stores such as Metro sells the essentials you need to make sushi at home. Just ask someone who works there.
    4) Do not cut it out “cold turkey”: I know how tempting sushi can be. Really try to not deprive yourself or you will crave it more. Instead, slowly limit yourself to having it once a week, and continue to balance it with your other eating habits. Perhaps, try this weekend to set a small term goal by not having sushi this weekend. Keep me posted with how you cope. You can get through it. Just say strong!

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  5. Not addicted, just love it. I've been eating at Chipotle an average of five days a week for five years. Lost 70 pounds and my doctor is blown away with my bloodwork.

    Chipotle has nailed healthy "fast" food that tastes great and is good for you.

    Thank you Steve Ells.

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  6. Steve,

    Wow! That's wonderful. Congratulations to you! That is quite the victory. You should definitely be very proud of that. I agree, Chipotle has definitely nailed health fast food. If you don't mind me asking, how did you first find out about Chipotle? Word of mouth? Their use of social media?

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