Those that know me will realise that I haven’t been in a relationship for a long time. But those that really know me will recognise that I have been engaged in a long term relationship with potato chips. Yes, chips are the love of my life. They are always there when I need them, they offer me solace and comfort and they don’t ask for anything in return (but they do give me extra kgs, feelings of guilt and a full yet empty feeling when I am finished gorging on them). Although I have successfully given up Peanut M&Ms and cigarettes, chips are that long term relationship that I can’t seem to quit.

There is a lot more to my relationship with chips than meets the eye. Besides the fact that I have a specific way of eating them, that I love the salt, crunch and texture of them, there is more. The big thing is – chip addiction is a hereditary problem. I come from a long line of chip addicts on both my mother and father’s sides of the family. My brothers are addicted. I also have powerful memories of sharing chips with my late father. And for a long time I thought… there is nothing I can do about this, chips and I are made for each other.

But they say the first way to kick an addiction is to admit you have a problem. So I am publicly saying this “I AM A CHIP ADDICT” – got it?

The reason I am writing about this is Dave and I have been talking about our addiction for the last few days. We are both very healthy people, we eat well and exercise regularly. But we both have a bad habit. The biggest problem we are facing is that we have our cravings at different times and we are very happy to “help each other out” with finishing a pack so we end up eating about twice as much as we would alone.

So this weekend I have vowed to find an adequate chip replacement. If it can’t be done then I will accept that having chips every once in a while (i.e. every few days) is not the worst thing in the world. I will use the ACT principles to help myself move on and focus on the positive changes I have made in my life already. I really think the stress reduction alone has prolonged my life! (Please read the ACT link – my friend Rachel sent it to me and it’s powerful stuff for food and for living life!)

My 3 chip replacements will be – popcorn (not air-popped, it does not satisfy me), zucchini chips and kale chips. I will ask Dave to also take the taste test with me and we will offer our honest feedback over the coming days.

If you have any great “chip replacement” recipes please share them with me.

P.S. – break ups are hard so I might be a bit emotional for a while…