Today I was shopping at one of the big box stores and decided to pick up a treat for my Grandma when I visit her in a few weeks. This is us together a few years ago, isn’t she the cutest?
One of her favorite snacks that I always remember her sharing with me as a kid are those plastic-y, gummy candy orange slices. Shockingly orange and rolled in sugar, they are no doubt a Frankenfood.
As unnatural and unhealthy as these types of candies are, I like making my Grandma smile and figure at her age (92), she isn’t about to stop eating them. She does live in an assisted living facility where her meals are provided so at least I know she’s eating balanced meals for the most part.
The weird thing about buying the candy for my Grandma was the experience of being in a candy aisle again. It has been at least several years before I’ve allowed myself to get that close to my former addiction. I haven’t written that much about it (you can read more about me here), but I suffered from binge eating disorder from probably the ages of 10-25 (I’m 36 now). Candy was my addiction of choice and I was transported back in time standing there. The smells emanating from the packages combined with the colorful images on the boxes were so tempting and magnetizing. Wouldn’t you think that as a future registered dietitian, graduate student in public health nutrition and self-proclaimed health nut that I would be unaffected by the temptation? Not so!
While I didn’t buy any candy for myself, it was an interesting experience to feel that pull again. I feel like now I have the emotional tools now to deal with my addiction and it was fairly easy to walk away. It was a reminder though of how strong a sugar or any type of addiction can be and also how we shouldn’t be ashamed to get help. The tools that helped me were: learning how to fuel my body with health-promoting foods, learning to deal with my emotions in other ways than binging and simply recognizing that I had a problem.
Today, I love that I choose foods that give me energy to do all the things I want to do and also protect my health for the future.
While we’re on the topic of orange foods, I made some sweet potato chips this weekend. I used three potatoes and about two tablespoons of coconut oil to roast them in. While I don’t normally use oils in my cooking, roasting vegetables is one exception I make.
I scrubbed the potatoes and sliced them into “chips.” You’ll want them to be fairly thin so they cook through:
I used this much coconut oil (about 2 tablespoons) and melted it in the microwave for 20ish seconds to pour over the chips:
I added some pumpkin pie spice and dried oregano and mixed it all up in the bowl along with a chopped onion and some garlic cloves:
I spread it all out on a baking sheet:
Baked in a 400 degree oven for 35 minutes and I got this:
I served the chips with some leftover Fall-Inspired Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Stew with some figs and guava for dessert:
Now that’s what I call temptation! But seriously, if you do suffer from an eating disorder, please get help, one place to start is here.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday. I will attempt to blog everyday this week and I’m formulating a sweet socca bread recipe to share for a special gluten-free post. I hope it turns out like I am imagining otherwise it will be back to the drawing board.