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Popcorn is my gateway drug...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Am I alone in saying that popcorn not only makes me happy, but also makes me INSANE at times?
I try to reserve it for the weekend, since I tend to turn into a poppie freak, and need some ample recovery time to flood my body with water and lemon slices to leech out the sodium and what not that I assaulted it with the night prior.
That would be 94% fat free detoxing baby!

And if I am emotional, I get weak in the knees for those kernels, which let's face it, if you have read my blogs you KNOW that is often (I stockpile those kleenex cool touch tissues like gold lately. SO soft! SO cool! My nostrils are happy!)

Perhaps it's the way I prepare my poppies:
First you need to pour some popcorn in the bottom of the popcorn bowl.
Pay attention here:
Poppies, then a spoonful of crumbled goat cheese.
Next a dusting of freeze dried strawberries from Trader J's.
Then you keep layering see....
Poppies, crumbles, bright red fairy dust, etc.
Think like you're making a trifle... : )
Finally, a zazzle of kosher salt on top.

I'll usually grab a napkin the size of a table cloth (oh wait, is IS my tablecloth), and place that over my chest, since strawberry 'fairy dust' on the chest is not attractive.
I am then set for watching a great movie at home.
I didn't always like popcorn, so this obsession kind of surprises me (and my husband!).

Food intolerances decided to complicate my life along with my other ailments around the same time. One of my doctors tried to explain it as if all of my body systems were 'off', so that opened the door for other fun stuff to come on in and party hard on my organs. Comprende?
I was suddenly gluten free and lactose intolerant about 7 years ago (along with numerous other foods that I used to love). My point being, that until I had to cross over to the dark side of the gluten free / lactose free void that is now the menu for my life's meals, i ate grahams and cake, and real honest to goodness whole wheat bread. My mind was not consumed with what I could not enjoy anymore.

Insert lightbulb moment here (actually an energy saving LED bulb).


Maybe typing this blog for myself and the few Sparkly peeps who read this just helped me work through the source of this fiber filled obsession?
Am I decorating my gluten free popcorn like a 4 year old in one of those Toddlers and Tiara's shows to satiate my desire for the foods I miss?

I just might be.

'Nuff Said...

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    I wish I had a Trader Joe's near me! I'm in SC and the nearest one is in Raleigh, NC...and I have a friend there and we always go when I visit!

    I love the delicious fairy dust and cheese popcorn idea! So much healthier than layer cake :)
    2302 days ago
    I do love me some popcorn emoticon
    2309 days ago
    Never thought a blog about emoticon could entertain me so.

    Bren, you never cease to amaze me with your wit and charm. I'll never think of popcorn the same again.

    All I eat is boring, white air-popped corn. I'm doing it all wrong!
    2313 days ago
    ROFL! seeing this title I just had to read. You did not disappoint!

    I've been addicted to popcorn going back to my early baby years in midst of corn country (I didn't have a chance of avoiding this from day one!)
    Goat cheese & strawberries - definitely never heard of that combo but it does sound interesting as I like all three ingredients - will have to put it on my "to do" list :)

    Yes body's get cranky ... fortunately mine is still at the intolerant some days and not on others. Hoping if I'm careful I can drag it back to the light rather than falling over the edge into the darkside.

    Keep on crunching...
    2315 days ago
    ROFL!!! I love popcorn too, but you do something magical with it by adding other fun stuff. I never tried freeze dried strawberries, you have peaked my interest. And red fairy dust?! - do explain that one please.
    2315 days ago
  • NUMD97
    Hmmm....You are obviously a gourmand of popcorn, the way you describe the prep and all. At best, when I have it, it's either light or imitation butter, and it MUST have salt! Sorry, I'm not giving up my salt anytime soon (and my body is OK with that).

    You reminded me that I still have some bags hiding away on the tippy top shelf in the kitchen pantry, waiting to be popped. Perhaps tonight?
    2317 days ago
    I heart popcorn. There is a place here that sells like 60 different flavors, and many of them are vegan (bastards).

    I could roll in the sour cream and chive popcorn. You know, like those giant things kids play in filled with balls...except filled with tons of popcorn. Yummmmmmmmmm.
    2317 days ago
    I love popcorn too. I use the light or 94% popcorn. I usually don't add salt for I can avoid the sodium thing. Hope you have a good day. emoticon
    2317 days ago
    Well, I wish we had Trader Joe's in Canada! YOMMMMY! Did you popcorn is a source of iron? I'm obsessed with iron, so I am pro-popcorn.
    The fact that you manage to save your treats for the weekend is very heroic!
    2318 days ago
    Thanks for blogging! I love reading your outlook on life. It helps me remember to giggle at myself.
    2318 days ago
    I know what you mean about food intolerance's ruining your menu! A few years ago I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance and some food allergies and all my favorites went out the window. I love popcorn and your description made me drool a little! :) I think I'll have a bowl tonight!
    2318 days ago
    I have a 100 calorie "light" bag of popcorn almost every day, and choose the brand du jour with the lowest sodium.

    I love the stuff, it gives you maximum chewing satisfaction for not many calories, and actually has some food value!

    2318 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    You know, for almost every single day of my life, for years, I ate SMARTFOOD white cheddar popcorn, sometimes an entire large bag (not a good idea, for many reasons). One year, I gave it up for Lent and then, 40 days later, began eating a lighter version called "Erin's" which comes in a much smaller bag. I have typed that snack into my food tracker many a day. Yes, absolutely, you are trying to fill the big old holes ripped into your life by food intolerances and illnesses. There are such worse substances to put into your body. I know we have talked about this - I am wondering if there is a portion that you can work your way down to, that would assuage your discomfort, address your craving, and let you enjoy this? emoticon
    2319 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2012 11:44:41 PM
  • H-DOG-8
    That combo sounds awesome! I don't have a Trader Joe's here in my province. I'm not sure there are any in Canada period, but definitely not here. I'll have to look for something similar because that sounds crazy good!

    2319 days ago
    I eat popcorn pretty much every day. It is usually my evening snack...sometimes in the afternoon if I'm having a day where I feel like I'm starving. I don't make anything as yummy sounding as you do though. Dale is allergic to goat cheese so I can't have it in the house or I would try that. I usually just spray a bit of butter flavoured cooking spray on it and a little salt or popcorn seasonings. I only make air popped so it is very low fat. Dale even got me a cute popcorn popper for Christmas. It looks like an old fashioned popcorn stand.
    I read in a magazine that eating popcorn before bed help with sleeping too. They said it is better than warm milk, which you can't have anyway.
    So, I share your obsession...and it is a healthy one at that!
    2319 days ago
    You are not alone. Looooove the popcorn & trying out different toppings. I've become a snob though - I'll turn my bratty little nose up at that nasty microwave popcorn.
    2319 days ago
    Loved your popcorn blog! If you are anywhere near your background photo, you are in kettle corn country. You'll always see the line even at the farmers market there. Enjoy your treat!
    2319 days ago
    Oh Bren. Your version sounds divine, but there's a store down the street from Boot Camp that is ALL popcorn. It's called, The Popcorn Girl! A ENTIRE store devoted to flavors of popcorn! So you are definitely NOT alone in the obsession. In fact, our BC instructor likes to punish US for the popcorn SHE eats! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon When I feel I NEED to indulge in anything, I ask myself if it's worth the cost to my body, some days the answer is YES, (can we say yesterday!) but most days the answer is NO! emoticon As far as obsessions go.. you're doing just fine.
    2319 days ago
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