TREATS Help! I'm addicted to Chipotle! Meghan O'Keefe

Today, I went to Chipotle for lunch. As I watched one of the servers fill my bowl with gorgeous white rice and succulent peppers and onions, one of them said, “You should get an award. You come here everyday.”

“What?”

I hadn’t quite heard what he said. All I heard was “You should get an award,” and I immediately hoped that award was chicken fajita bowls for life.

“You’ve been coming here every day for months,” he explained half-laughing at me.

I felt myself start to blush. “No!”

“Yeah!”

I did the math in my head. “No, I’ve been coming here everyday for like…five weeks.”

Five weeks might not be five months, but it is clear to me that I am addicted to Chipotle chicken fajita bowls. I’m not sure how it happened. Two months ago I was eating rice bowls from a health food chain, chopped salads from an upscale soup shop or bringing microwaved soup cans from home for lunch. Now I’m a full on Chipotlaholic.

If you’ve never been to a Chipotle Mexican Grill, it’s this fast food chain that specializes in serving burritos, tacos,  rice bowls and pure pleasure. This sounds completely fine until you actually start eating there and discover that the food they serve is like heroine mixed with cilantro-lime rice. This is also fine until a stranger tells you that you deserve an award for eating there everyday for five whole weeks. Then, shame sets in. Then, the shame disappears as soon as you get your next fix.

Every morning this week, I’ve told myself that I won’t go to Chipotle for lunch. I’ll go back to my salad place and treat myself to extra sprouts this time! I’ll go back to the health chain and get two servings of squash instead of one (how daring!). I’ll remember to actually pack a lunch and sadly slurp watered down Chicken Noodle soup alone in my office’s kitchen. I set a plan in place. I’m going to beat my addiction.

Then, at around 10:45am, I get the itch. I need that sweet mild salsa and perfectly grilled chicken. I need Chipotle.

I try to distract myself with a fresh cup of green tea, but I only get more hungry. I try to sate my appetite with a Chimes ginger chew, but then I need more. So, by the time noon rolls around, I’m running to Chipotle and cursing every sharply dressed man and lady in a pencil skirt who is on line in front of me.

Right now what I need is an intervention. I need my friends to gather round me and let me know that I need to eat something else. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think that if my friends were going to talk to me about Chipotle, it would probably be how I’m stupid for preferring their rice bowls over their burritos. So, they would be no help at all.

Failing an intervention, I need a support group. If only there were Chipotlaholics Anonymous meetings. Our step program would be slowly weaning ourselves off of Chipotle by removing one ingredient per week from our orders until the only thing we’d order from the restaurant would be the foil a burrito was wrapped in–and our tears.

However, if I can’t find a group of like-minded people to help me quit my Chipotle habit, I need a rehab center. A beautiful facility in the middle of nowhere where there would be no Chipotle. Of course, that would be great. It would totally work until I returned to the real world and saw Chipotle everywhere! How then would I resist my desires?

The truth is I think I’m doomed. I’m doomed to forever go to Chipotle for lunch. The cruel sick joke behind this is that the company seems to be in on this. If you go to the website, they brag about their “fan-atics” and Chipotlaholic’s addiction. It’s like they know they’re food is irresistible and they’re proud of it or something.

Unlike my server, I don’t think I deserve an award. I do, however, think I deserve a frequent buyer card. (Seriously, Chipotle? You don’t even have a “Buy 10, Get 9 Free” punch card? It’s like you think I don’t need incentive to eat your food or something.)

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  1. Oh boy. I work at a Chipotle in the Chicago suburbs and I get this all the time. There are at LEAST 10 different people I see almost every day coming in for their Chipotle fix. I love the food, but after eating it several times a week on my break for almost a year now, I’m getting tired of it. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Chipotle uses as much organic and local produce as they can. Their demand exceeds supply sometimes, but that idea is awesome for a big restaurant chain. And they never use hormones on their animals, meat OR dairy. Plus, their pigs get to run around the pasture on a farm! They’re not shoved into tiny cages walking in their own poops… like how factory farms are. A lot of people don’t know that about Chipotle, and they should. It’s a really amazing idea, and if more food chains tried it, then more animals would live happy :)

  2. I live in London and I’m addicted to the mexican place right around the corner from work. They do the BEST burritos i’ve ever had in my life. And I’d just forgotten about them for the day.. then I read this…

  3. I literally eat it every day, I’m a regular and they all know me..it’s horrible! But it’s all gluten freeee!

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  5. I speak that I have compared Qdoba to Chipotle. I went to school in Indy for a semester and was forced to eat Chipotle instead of my beloved Qdoba with is every where in Louisville which is where I’m from. I was happy to transfer back to UofL for the reason of no more Chipotle.

  6. Chicken Fajita bowl is the best! I love to cook a big thing of rice, roast a bunch of peppers and onions, and grill up some chicken on a Sunday, and then I have homemade rice bowls all week for lunch!

  7. Yeah…. soooo I’m going to Chipotle for lunch today. If you can’t find an intervention, meetings, or rehab – I’ll totally be an enabler. Chipotle for lunch everyday!

  8. reading this makes me want chipotle…and being away at school doesn’t help when the closest chipotle is 2 hours away =’(

  9. It’s ok. I’m addicted to the trail mix from the coffee shop down the street from where I work. Every day I set out on a walk with good intentions and am lured into the place to get more trail mix. It’s not any special kind of trail mix, but I’m addicted. Every time I go, I hope someone different is working so they don’t suspect me of being an addict. I think they probably already do though.

  10. I get the three tacos plus chips and guac. I eat two for dinner and then save the last one for lunch the next day. This allows me to eat Chipotle every day while only going there every OTHER day. I also have three locations equal distance from my place. This helps to hide my addiction from any attentive employees.

    But I have to admit, when they can tell I’m such a pro that they don’t bother to let me know guac is extra, I love it.

  11. wait til you try asian chipotle (shophouse – literally asian chipotle: run by the same company). it is OH SO delish! it’s probably coming to a city near you… uh… soon. it’s only in DC right now, as far as i know. i come up with an awful lot of excuses to eat there.

  12. Chipotle is completely addictive! It’s like they add crack to the rice!lol The chicken bowls are sooooo yummmmy….and the guacamole is sooooo fressshhhhh. Oh God, I haven’t had it in like a month! Your mkaking me fall off the wagon!lol!

  13. You guys are lucky. I live 2 hours away from the nearest Chipotle. I haven’t had their delicious food in over a year. :(

  14. A chicken fajita bowl is what I get at Chipotle too! I usually go like once a week, lol. Their food is pretty healthy compared to other fast-food places, and I’ve been getting the brown rice instead of white to help make me feel like I’m eating healthy, haha! Have you ever been to Moe’s? It’s similar-ish to Chipotle (although I don’t know if they have bowls; I get tacos or salads there) except two things I like better are that you don’t have to pay extra for guacamole and you get free (and unlimited) chips and salsa!

  15. (bellevue, washington)

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  17. This is how I feel about my Pinkberry parfaits, Meghan! It’s so weird. I think about that baby all day.

  18. I can totally relate Meghan.
    My once-a-week-treat has slowly evolved into the twice-a-week-treat.
    It’s too good, and quite frankly the best place for burritos in London, Uk!!

  19. Yup – you’re outnumbered, Amanda. Chipotle is the king of the burrito. And I’m totally addicted as well – only I’m too broke to go every day so that limits my fixes.

  20. A. I am a fellow addict but I try to limit my fix to once a week.
    B. Amanda, my child, you are wrong. Qdoba will never be as delicious as the beloved chipotle. I will give you the queso. That stuff is wicked tasty.
    C. Meghan, are you talking about Hale & Hearty and Dig Inn? If so you’re totally in my hood! wooo!