I’m Addicted to Chips – Here’s What Happened When I Gave Them Up For a Week

Most people would say I'm a very healthy eater. I've been doing the (mostly) vegan thing for years, and I rarely eat processed food. Except chips. For the life of me, I cannot part with my beloved nightly snack. Usually, just before dinner, I'll pop a few heavenly tortilla chips in my mouth and relish in the crunch, the saltiness. Everything about chips makes my mouth happy.

Unfortunately, I know eating chips every single night - even when they're organic, stone ground, made with beans, whatever - isn't a great habit. Sometimes I'll overdo it, and then my appetite for dinner is negatively impacted. And I'll end up feeling bloated and kinda gross about myself. So I decided to try my very best to give up chips for an entire week. I hoped that by eliminating this indulgence from my diet, I'd stop craving it so much. Read on to find out if I was able to nix my chip dependency and what I learned during my cold turkey, er, chip experiment.

Spoiler: They Were Hard to Resist

The first day I was officially off chips was right after the Thanksgiving holiday. Since I was pretty stuffed and (whispers) kinda hungover, I didn't feel tempted to snack. But the next day, I think I literally heard my heart break when I forced myself to pass the chip aisle during a grocery run. Sniff. And then, OK, confession time: Sunday, I cracked! We'd gone out to dinner to my favorite Mexican restaurant, and there they were. Glaring at me. The chips were so shiny and golden and warm. A nearby bowl of salsa beckoned me to just. take. one. dip. Sigh. I took so many more dips than one.

I felt badly after that dinner and swore off chips for the rest of the experiment. I swear. Until I found a bag of chips lurking in the back of the pantry one night. There was nothing else to eat, my hand to God. So I sneaked just a few.

On the last night of my chip purge, I was desperately craving chips, but I managed to call upon my willpower and opted for the satisfying crunch of broccoli with tangy dressing. That combo totally satiated my desire for a predinner snack, and I didn't even want the chips. Looking back, I should have been more prepared with healthy snack options to counteract cravings the entire week. And yeah, maybe I should have suggested another restaurant on Sunday.

What I Learned

By the end of the week, I decided that maybe it's not worth fighting something as strong as my love for chips. Instead, I think my energy would be better spent swearing off foods I wouldn't miss as much, like bread, pasta, and cookies. OK, I have to eat a cookie once in a while. But seriously, if you have one food you just can't say no to, allowing yourself to enjoy it isn't the end of the world if your eating habits are mainly healthy. Going forward, I just want to be more careful not to oversnack. Because the day after my no-chip week, I totally binged. I was just so happy to be reunited with my darling chips. So in the end, moderation seems far healthier than chip feast or famine.

The 1 Fitness Trend Jillian Michaels Says Is Beyond Dumb

To heat or not to heat? That is the question with new hot workouts continuing to pop up. We asked Jillian Michaels, author of the newly released The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential For Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty what the one workout trend she wishes would go away is, and she didn't miss a beat in answering hot workouts, calling them "beyond dumb."

Of the misconception that cranking up the heat can help you to sweat and detox, Jillian told POPSUGAR at a brunch to celebrate AquaHydrate's partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "You're not detoxing anything. Your liver, kidney, and spleen detox the body. And you know what helps them do that? Hydration." Jillian also emphasizes that you're not burning more calories "because your intensity is far less than it would be in a cooler room." So how much water should you be drinking? Registered dietitian Lori Zanini recommends drinking about half of your bodyweight (in pounds) in fluid ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you would need approximately 75 fluid ounces of water per day, which breaks down into about nine cups per day (eight ounces in one cup). Drink up and stay cool!

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Experts Agree These Are the 10 Healthy Habits You Should Develop in Your 20s

When we're in our 20s, it can be easy to slack off on healthy habits and put them off for another day. In reality, this is the time when you should be developing techniques that'll make you stronger and happier in the long run, those that will carry you through your life. The habits you start in your 20s are likely to be the ones that you stick to for decades to come.

Before you say it can be overwhelming to figure out what you need to do know that we're here for you. Every person is different, of course, and only you and your doctor know what your specific needs are, but in general, these are some of the best things you can start doing now.

I Got Strong Instead of Skinny, and I’ve Never Been Happier

For most of my teenage years and early 20s, I considered a "great body" to be skinny with thin legs and a booty that was on the smaller, flatter end. I thought my bigger bubble butt was too large for my small frame on top, and I desperately wanted to hide my curves that are now much more embraced, even sought after, in today's world. I'd wear larger tops to conceal my butt, and I'd always feel a little self-conscious when I had to wear shorts, a bikini, or tighter dresses. I've always been a pretty confident person, but there was a piece missing: I couldn't overcome my obsession with how my body looked on a daily basis.

Because I wanted to drop those pounds and look like other people at my school who had skinnier bodies, I developed an unhealthy eating style that persisted for a few years. Cycling through various eating disorders, chronic food guilt, and a compulsive need to think so critically before making food choices, I suffered emotionally all the damn time. I'd plan what I would eat from a restaurant menu a day or two before, going back and forth on what I thought had the least number of calories. I'd decide how much of my meal to eat compared to what others were eating around me. And if I did end up eating more than I thought I should, I'd feel like crap and beat myself up over it for hours and even days. So many wasted minutes were spent obsessing over food, how it affected my body and took me away from getting skinnier, and how not to be so hungry.

As I began to feel happier, stronger, and proud of myself when working out and attaining new fitness goals, that emotional despair went away.

Then something changed. I'm honestly not sure when my goals and perception shifted, but I think they did as I became happier. I had entered a relationship, I had more friends, and I just came into myself more. But I also realized that my body was my body, and I had a booty. I learned to like myself a hell of a lot and was so sick of feeling bad all the time. I wanted to become the best version of myself, not someone striving to fit a skinny ideal. I needed to find that missing link because it was a daily battle with my body and emotional well-being. I wanted to get stronger, not skinnier, and start embracing my body's natural figure.

I told myself that if I was going to have a bigger butt, I might as well make it a toned one! Up to this point, I had been working out on the elliptical only. I couldn't run long-distance, do sprints, or lift weights. I began to go to fitness classes where weights, battle ropes, monkey bars, and resistance bands were included, and I was horrible. I passed out the first time I had a personal training session. Embarrassing.

But I kept at it, and I ended up seeing some great progress. I never thought I'd like to see muscle in my arms or want to have a nice, round tush that was firm and visible. I slowly started to ditch the longer shirts and embraced my curves. They actually made me feel sexier - way sexier than when I was more "skinny fat" during my restricted-dieting years. Now, I'll go out in crop tops to show off the abs I've worked so hard for.

As I began to feel happier, stronger, and proud of myself when working out and attaining new fitness goals, that emotional despair went away. After each set of burpees or every additional squat or renegade row, I felt powerful and bold. I knew I was doing something good for my body, my mind, and my health: I was healing. I knew the difference between right and wrong thinking. Realizing that a stronger body, no matter how "skinny" it is (those who are naturally skinnier are just as beautiful!), is well-nourished and strong was spot on, and honestly, that newfound mindset saved me.

Now I love my body. I love it even when I'm PMSing and have gained five pounds of water weight. I love it after a huge meal when it's a little fatigued and full. I love it when it's pushing me through a HIIT circuit. I love it first thing in the morning and when I go to bed. I love it naked. I love how I feel in it. I learned to love it.

All people and figures are unique, and as long as you love yours and treat it well, that's all that matters. There is no "right" body to strive for.

Now I'm strong and healthy. I make a point of eating protein and veggies and indulging in my favorite cocktails, pizza, and fries. When I eat a protein bar before or after a workout, I feel awesome. I know I'm fueling my muscles and metabolism, whereas before, I'd nibble on a protein bar with food guilt. I got back to enjoying food of all types, listening to my body and feeding it when it was hungry, and falling more in love with my body every day. Picking up those weights for the first time was the greatest gift I could've given myself, and it's made me into the woman I am today.

Download These Apps, Head to the Gym, and Own Your Workout

There are a handful of tools that'll help you maximize your gym experience: comfortable exercise gear, upbeat music, and a solid workout plan. Getting the first two covered is easy, but as much as hiring a personal trainer to craft the ideal exercise routine for you would be awesome, we totally get that it's hard to just wing that. That's fine; you can download a few apps on your phone and use them at the gym on your own time and get the same strengthening and toning results.

Whether you're at your best gym self when you have a full-fledged plan laid out, including a step-by-step workout and a health meal plan, or just need a positive voice in your ear to keep you going, this roundup of the best apps for getting the most of out of your gym session can help.

These Are the Most Common Mistakes Women Make While on the Pill, According to an Ob-Gyn

Birth control can be complicated. First you have to find the right method for you, weighing all the pros and cons of an IUD, the pill, an implant, or the shot. And even once you've settled on your choice of contraception, there are all sorts of rules you need to follow to ensure that it's working as effectively as possible - especially if it's the pill. We asked Jennifer Landa, MD, a gynecologist and chief medical officer at BodyLogicMD in Maitland, FL, how to keep yourself safe and prevent any unwanted pregnancies or complications. These are the common errors you'll want to avoid.

10 Paleo Snacks That’ll Jump Start 2019 the Healthy Way – All on Amazon

What can we say, snack time is the best time. We personally can't leave the house without a snack in our bags. But, if you're eating Paleo, it can be tough to find great options that are both yummy and easy to travel with. Luckily, Amazon's got you covered, with Paleo brownies and tortilla chips, no less. Happy snacking!

This One Simple Trick Will Revolutionize How You Achieve Your Goals in 2019

I am a big dreamer with lofty goals. I often don't reveal them to people for fear of being judged, so instead I say them to myself (sometimes out loud) or write them down. But the thing is, I usually write out my dreams and goals similarly to how I write out my to do list: clean the fridge, fold the laundry, write the next Great American Novel, own a yacht.

For me, writing them down is equivalent to starting a vision board: if I see it on paper, I'm reminded of what I want and what I'm working toward. For example, at the start of 2018, I wrote down that I wanted to work at POPSUGAR (seriously!). In March of that year, I got hired. But there were other goals I set out for that year that just didn't happen: start a budget (whoops), read 30 books (so close!), work my way back up to running five miles (I blame that one on my unfortunate treadmill accident). Even though I start out each year fresh and with a new crop of goals and resolutions for the year, they rarely stick.

But when I was listening to motivational speaker and New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hollis discuss a new way of goal-setting on her podcast "Rise," I was inspired. Why was it that I would jot down all my goals and dreams but never see them through?

Rachel said for years she started each day this way: she would write down the dreams for her life as if they had already happened. So instead of writing "I want to save $5,000," you would write "I saved $5,000." Rachel even turned this practice into her own line of Start Today Journals, which are unfortunately sold out but will be reissued in the Spring of 2019. But Rachel said you don't need these specific journals to start the practice: you can use any notebook, scrap of paper, or even a Post-It. To hear more about how this process works, listen to her podcast episode here (and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever else you get your podcasts, because every week it's packed with motivational gems).

I bought a Start Today journal and have been writing out my goals as if they have already happened. I didn't want to wait until the start of 2019 to do it this way. Although I still have a ways to go to work toward my goals, using this method has solidified in my mind that I am capable of achieving them. I look forward to looking back in a few months or a few years and seeing everything that came true.

As for what my goals and dreams are? I'm still keeping them to myself. I don't want to jinx it - and I want to look back after I accomplished them to prove to people I had it in me all along.

The Meatballs That Fooled My Meat-Loving Husband and 12 Other Must-Try Trader Joe’s Vegan Products

I haven't eaten meat since I was 13 (almost 30 years!), not only because I want to live a more compassionate life and do good for the environment, but also selfishly, because I feel amazing when I eat a plant-based diet. Of course, I want my husband to reap the same benefits, so I try to get him to go meatless most nights of the week, and with these Trader Joe's products, it's a cinch. No joke - I served him Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs without telling him, and he said, "You didn't have to buy me meat, I know how you feel about it." I just smiled and told him I loved him, then later posted a video of him enjoying his dinner on Facebook. He saw the video an hour later and yelled, "What else have you been lying to me about?!"

Moral of the story: if your goal is to eat a more plant-based diet, buy those meatless meatballs! And while you're cruising the aisles of your local Trader Joe's, pick up these 12 other meatless products.