My habit of eating ginger chews and other candies after every meal comes from my Eating Disorder recovery.
HAPPY NATIONAL CANDY DAY!!! I actually celebrate this holiday pretty much all the time. At least 4-6 times a day. After every single meal. Starting with breakfast. Today’s breakfast? A toasty Banana ChocoChip Vitiatop. Ginger Chews are a staple. Usually, after my first meal, because my stomach’s still waking up, I only need one single piece.
The Ginger People (the original ones found at Trader Joe’s) are my first pick. They actually package them differently. And as a result, they are slightly thicker/chewier. Even though I like the different flavors of the Chimes version, if I have my choice, I go for the green.
Ginger Chews are also my after-candy candy. My dessert, candy, if you will. (And yes, I still eat candy after dessert.)
Throughout the day – these are some other post-meal picks. First is Nestle’s Nips (I like the Parfait kinds with chocolate or PB in the middle), Baskin Robbin’s Hard Candy, Jolly Ranchers…
…I also stash Riesen in my freezer at home. They melt in my bag, otherwise.
And of course, finally, one lollipop a day keeps the (head) doctor away. I prefer the original and Caramel Apple ones made by Tootsie (the mouthfeel and flavors are my favorite) but lately I’ve been turned on to See’s sticks too.
Even my nutritional supplements are in candy form…
…and every session concludes with a cup of tea/hot chocolate/miso soup, and stick of gum. I go through phases. The last few months, it’s been Cinnamon Orbit.
All this talk of candy has got me craving…yup, you got it…
Plus, an extra-large cup of extra-salty miso soup to balance it all out.
So for those of you who aren’t longtime readers, now you know my sweet sweet secret. 7 or 8 pieces of candy a day. That is probably more than your grandmother keeps in the bowl on her coffee table. I stopped blogging about all these things months ago because as you can see, I eat them A LOT. And it got redundant. But it’s an addiction. And I know that it’s still obsessive eating. Maybe one day I’ll stop. Maybe I won’t. But since it’s been a big part of why I no longer binge eat, I’ll take that over eating disorder hell any day.
Speaking of my recovery, the speech I gave at the NEDA Conference is now up on their website, and you can check it out here.