Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quitting Fries

French fries series

I've finally hit the year mark! Last year I decided that, because I love them so much, I needed to give up french fries for a while. I realized that I didn't have any will power to "only eat a few of them" or to "choose the salad side instead." When they were in front of me, I ate more than just a few, and when they were a menu option, I never chose the salad. I gave into my weakness too often, since french fries are everywhere. To overcome my fry-problem, I felt like I had to make drastic decision: quitting them altogether.

Okay, so sweet potato fries? They were my one exception to the fry-quitting stint, for two reasons: 1. they're not normal french fries, they're sweet potato fries and 2. you don't find them very often, so it's a nice little treat when you do. (My friends have given me a hard time for my reasoning, but it doesn't really have to make sense to them. These are my rules, after all.) So, besides my sweet potato exception, I gave up all regular potato fries. Which meant no potato wedges, shoestring, curly, steak or crisscut fries.

It wasn't an easy thing to resist, especially when they smell and look so yummy, but resist I did. At first, I wasn't sure how long I was going to do it for and assumed I would go until I gave in to temptation. But as the weeks and months passed by, I finally decided that I would do it for a year and then reassess my fry-less life. So here I am! It's been a year. And I think I might continue with this crazy idea...


  1. Continue? Wow, and here I thought you were going to say that you were planning on the perfect fry meal!

  2. Sweet potatoes are a great health food! They're high in beta carotene and other anti-oxidants. I indulge in sweet potato fries too, and make them at home. I buy them from the farmer's market, slice them into thin matchsticks, and bake them in the oven with a bit of olive oil drizzled over.

    They're divine. I eat them alone or with horseradish vegenaise. Make them at home, save money, indulge!

  3. Good for you! That is quite an accomplishment. Were there any benefits to avoiding the fried tater, such as shedding a poind or two? or was it just the proof in the pudding that you have kick-ass willpower?

  4. anitza-no perfect fry meal for now! maybe one day

    kat-yep, i'm so glad sweet potato fries were my one exception, they're so yummy!

    alexi-i have lost a few pounds due to several things, not just the fry-quitting. although i'm sure not eating fries is definitely helping with keeping the pounds off!