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?”
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.
“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?”
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?