Three months… a quarter of a year… 90 days… from winter to spring…that’s how long it has been since I have had a potato chip. For some people, that may not seem like a big deal, but to me…it’s HUGE!!! You see, at this time last year, I could consume a whole bag of chips by myself. Y’all, I would have chips and dip for supper. I lived for chips and dip! It was a whole food group for me. In my world, there was nothing better than a potato chip, especially Cheddar and Sour Cream flavor.

Anytime we were taking a little road trip, and by little, I mean like 2 hours in the car, I would have to get a bag of chips at the gas station. I was a chip addict. After eating a full supper at night, I would sit down to a bag of chips to eat as snack while watching television. It was a habit that I never thought I would quit.

When I heard my doctor say I was diabetic and had extremely high blood pressure, I knew I would have to give up the snack I loved. I didn’t think I would be able to do it. In the past, when I was on one of the many diets I had tried, I would let myself “cheat” with a bag of chips. I would buy baked potato chips; and of course, instead of eating one serving, I would eat half a bag and a few hours later, I would eat the other half of the bag.

I am happy to say that it has been 3 months and I have not had a potato chip one. Not only that, I haven’t even wanted one! The fact that I haven’t craved that little salty nugget of goodness is amazing to me! I started eating more balanced meals and food that wasn’t highly processed, and it has made all the difference.

When I want a snack now, I will have sliced veggies or sliced lunch meat with cheese. These snacks leave me feeling full and satisfied and not wanting to mindlessly fill my face with processed food. Another great snack that has helped me kick the chip habit is salt and vinegar zucchini chips.

Zucchini chips are light, crispy, and delicious. They are a no-guilt snack that won’t leave you feeling like you just consumed a pile of rocks. Last week I had my three month follow up appointment, and I have lost a total of 46 pounds. I am feeling great and ready to see where this journey is going to take me. I would love to hear from any of you that are on a journey to better health; you are welcome to email me at annapella2003@gmail.com.

“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Hebrews 6:11

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