How to Get Over a Donut Addiction

When I visited Ireland last month, I ate a life-changing donut. Before I found a place to buy donuts in Ireland (surprisingly difficult),  I had been having extreme cravings, so of course, I gave in. After my experience at Offbeat Donut Co., I seemed to develop what some medical professionals may call a donut addiction.

I used to be able to drive past Dunkins all day without blinking an eye, but now, it’s a battle between my brain and my heart every time I see a sign. One week, I stopped every night on the way home and picked up a donut. And that’s when I knew. It was the dreaded donut addiction.

Since then, I have been able to get my cravings under control, and the result is this: a guide for anyone else struggling with a donut addiction.

Step One: Eat Lots of Donuts

Scientifically speaking, eating a ton of food in one day actually has some benefits, and if it can get you to stop eat donuts every day, then it’s definitely a win. Overeating can boost leptin (a hormone that helps with weight loss) production by up to 30%. It also helps to satisfy cravings, which is exactly what we want, right?

I don’t want you to eat so many donuts that you puke and never want to eat them again (although this may work). I just want to get donuts off your mind for a little while.

I decided to try out the famous Allie’s Donuts in North Kingston, RI.

A half dozen donuts I bought to feed my donut addiction cravings

I want to be honest. I didn’t love  Allie’s. Like yeah, they were pretty good donuts, and worth the price, but there wasn’t anything spectacular about this.

Interestingly, after I kept them in the refrigerator overnight, they tasted better. I think the hot and gooey freshness of them (which most people probably enjoy) was too much for me, especially when I wanted to try to consume all six donuts at once.

Step Two: Find Motivation and Start Exercising

Exercising will help a lot with a donut addiction (or a food addiction of any kind). Exercise not only lessens your appetite, but it also helps motivate you to eat better. However, sometimes we have to motivate ourselves to get motivated.

If the fact that you just ate a half dozen donuts doesn’t motivate you enough, I have some tips for you. When I was in tenth grade and couldn’t study the day before my chemistry final, I read an article that told me to list three reasons why you should do the thing you don’t want to do.

If you actually write out three reasons why you should start going to the gym, you will be much more likely to go.

Step Three: Protein and Water are Your Friends

It’s a lot more difficult to have cravings if you are not hungry, so we want to keep ourselves full with protein and water (the good stuff).

Time and time again, studies have found that people who eat more protein are less hungry throughout the day. The same goes for drinking water.

Step Four: Unfollow All Your Favorite Donut Shops on Social Media

I hate to say it. Who doesn’t love when colorful donuts pop up in their feed? ..but out of sight, out of mind, as they say.

Step Five: Find Alternatives

Determine what elements of donuts you like, and find other (healthier) desserts or snacks with them. For example, I love sprinkles, so I eat frozen yogurt with sprinkles! I also love the soft, chewy texture of donuts. Mochi is also soft and chewy, but has much less fat and fewer calories.

Other options include cinnamon toast, angel food cake, and gum!

If you have made it this far in the guide and can still only dream about donuts, making your own donuts may be the option for you. There are plenty of healthy recipes with the same hole-y shape we love.

Step Six: Train Your Brain

I use this little brain trick for everything. It can be applied to so many things, like anxious moments or negative thoughts, but today, we’re going to use it to stop donut cravings. Whenever you think about donuts, immediately think about something else. This could be one of the alternatives we came up with, or how good you’ll look if you stop eating donuts.

Eventually, you won’t even have to remind yourself, and your brain will start doing this on it’s own. This should really help to control your donut addiction.

If you follow this guide step by step, eventually, the cravings should subside. But if not, hey, life is short, and donuts are yummy.

The Best Places to Eat in Ireland

Out of all the luxuries in life, I think that food is my favorite. So of course that’s what I am interested in when I am visiting a new place. The first time I ever “visited” Ireland, I just stopped in the Dublin airport on the way to France, but I remember my breakfast being super yummy. So while I was visiting for real, I wanted to make sure that I found the best places to eat in Ireland!

The food in Ireland did not let me down, and the restaurants I listed below serve the best of the best. Get ready for lots of “best I’ve ever had”s.

Breakfast: Barnabrow House (East Cork)

Eggs Benedict from the Barnabrow HouseWe actually stayed in the Barnabrow House while visiting Cork, so we decided to try out their breakfast one morning (but you don’t have to be a guest to eat at their restaurant).

Breakfast is my favorite meal, and breakfast in Ireland usually features all of my most favorite breakfast foods. And don’t even get me started on the fresh squeezed orange juice.

At breakfast, they had a buffet which included various cereals, a fruit salad, yogurts which were literally made at a dairy down the street, and more. They also served toast and tea and coffee of course, and you could order an entree of your choice.

I ordered blueberry pancakes because a) I’m a gringo, and b) all the other options had meat. They were super delicious and also the perfect portion size. My mom got the Eggs Benedict and said it was the best she had ever had in her life.

And I almost forgot to mention the view! From the tall windows encircling the dining room, you can watch the bright morning sun light up the rolling countryside.

Lunch: Brew Bros (Limerick)

This restaurant was not at all what I was expecting. “Brew Bros” makes it seem like a restaurant designed for bachelors and guys with beards, but as soon as we walked inside, I realized that this was not the case. The restaurant was actually kind of fancy.

Not white table cloth fancy, but it was pretty upscale.

The menu was just your classic Irish lunch menu, but compared to everywhere else we had eaten, this menu was executed to perfection.

This restaurant actually just opened up a year ago, and they have multiple locations, so definitely be sure to support Brew Bros on your trip to Ireland!

Dinner: Farmgate (Midleton)

We actually went to Farmgate our first evening in Ireland. This one is white table cloth fancy. We were super under-dressed after a day of travelling, so the staff hid us in the back room.

The only downside to this restaurant was limited vegetarian options (seems to be a trend in Ireland). However, the taste of said limited options completely made up for it. The goat cheese appetizer was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth in my entire life. Period.

Ireland has really good dairy products in general (Irish butter, anyone?) Wait a minute. Scratch that. Do goat products even count as dairy products? Anyway, you know what I mean. For the rest of my life, I am going to be comparing all the goat cheese I eat to that goat cheese.

Since it was our first night in Ireland, we hadn’t even gotten any Euros yet. This restaurant uses the little handheld credit card readers, so we were not given the opportunity to tip by card.

We left a twenty U.S. dollar bill on the table. I still feel kind of bad about this because this poor man (who was the nicest waiter ever by the way) is going to have to go through a lot of trouble just to get his tip. But it’s a pretty funny story.

Dessert: Offbeat Donut Co. (Dublin)

Doughnuts from Offbeat Donut Co.

As we all know, I have a bad sweet tooth, and I luuuve dessert, so I couldn’t make a list of the best places to eat in Ireland and not include a place to get dessert!

On one of our hikes, for some reason, I had an instantaneous craving for doughnuts! I gasped and told my brother I needed a doughnut A$AP. Luckily, I was able to get one (and a half..heh) by the end of our trip.

When we were in Dublin seemed like the time we would be most likely to find a doughnut shop (the Irish don’t seem to be too fond of doughnuts, so they don’t have anything like Dunkin). While visiting Trinity College, I searched on Google Maps for doughnuts.

There were two shops equidistant from where I was standing! My brother will tell you that in this case, the key is to go off reviews. 4.7 stars, how could you go wrong? So we chose Offbeat Donut Co.

And the reviews were right! Best doughnuts I’ve ever had, I swear. I tried the S’mores flavor, the apple crumble flavor, and of course a classic sprinkle doughnut. Oh my god, my mouth is watering just looking at a picture of them.

Offbeat has many other locations, so you have no excuses (besides a diet plan, but what kind of excuse is that??)