I asked Aaron to send me one picture per day while on his super awesome Whistler bike trip. So far, all I’ve gotten is pictures of food.
To which I replied:
Our home needs you on hand
True creamy love, the best in all the land
With glowing hearts we see the rise
The true king of ice cream
From far and wide
Oh Cone-ada, we stand on guard for thee
God keep our pints in a state of freeze
Oh Cone-ada, we stand on guard for thee
Oh Cone-ada, we stand on guard for thee
Every ice cream deserves its own anthem.
One week down. I’ve managed to go to bed before midnight every day, although that did include five nights of jumping into bed around 11:59 PM. I also haven’t had any ice cream. Some small sweets after dinner, yes, but no half pints of Ben & Jerry’s right before bed.
I feel great. Perhaps it’s mental, but it doesn’t matter why I feel great, just that I feel great. That was the point of this thing.
I’ve also lost 3.5 pounds in the last week. That may be because I’ve done something exercisey every day this week, but still, that was not point of this thing. Need to eat more dinner.
This reminds me of when my favorite Zambeedo flavor went away in 2008. I stopped eating ice cream altogether and lost a bunch of weight.
Creme de Mango Zambeedo, I still miss you!
I need a little more discipline. There’s nothing like a 30 Days to force myself to follow some rules.
For the next 30 Days, I will:
1. Go to bed before midnight.
2. Not eat dessert after dinner.
My motivations are pretty simple. I’ve been going to bed Way Too Late these last few weeks. I’ve also been eating Way Too Much ice cream, no thanks to Safeway’s $2.49 a pint sale on Ben & Jerry’s last month. I feel crappy. This has to stop.
To be more specific, the goal is to try to be asleep by midnight, but I’ll allow jumping into bed at 11:59 PM if necessary. I’m also allowed to eat whatever I want for dinner, and much of it as I want. But no dessert. No snacks, either. Just dinner, dinner, and more dinner if I’m still hungry.
Here’s to feeling less crappy.
Unfortunately, ice cream is “slow food”.
My realization that I need to train for my races, along with just having played my first real Black Stars game of the season, has me thinking about nutrition. I think it’s time to start my 3rd annual ice cream elimination diet. More dinner instead of 300-400 calories in ice cream every night. I’d be starting about a month earlier than usual, and this year the season ends a month later than usual. Will I be able to go dessert-free for almost four months? Probably not, but I should at least start so I break my nightly habit, then adjust as necessary.
And don’t say, “Oh, you’ll burn it off.” (You know who you are. Oh wait, it’s all of you.) This is not a calorie diet; I intend to eat the same number of calories each day. I’ll just be allocating the 20 percent I save for ice cream to something more nutritious. This is about putting good fuel into my body so I don’t feel like a pint of Chubby Hubby when I’m burning it off.
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Update: 2012-01-15 @ 10:02 AM
I think the trick to breaking my nightly ice cream habit is to stock up on a few candies I really like and eat one piece at the end of the night. That way I still feel like I’m getting a treat, but it has a lot less impact on my overall food intake.
Not that I don’t enjoy the nutritious food I eat. I’m just wired to need dessert before bed, and this is a way to wean myself. If you’re wondering why I don’t just eat a smaller serving of ice cream, that’s because it will just leave me wanting more. And then I’ll have more. And then I’ll feel like Chubby Hubby.
Did my usual hopeful spin through the Whole Foods ice cream section today and found… ZAMBEEDO!! I was so excited to see that they weren’t dead. Unfortunately, all I found were flavors of the new Fruit Boost gelato. No Creme de Mango. I even made sure to search the entire freezer section.
I bought a pint of the mango gelato anyway. The last time I tried it, I didn’t like it because it tasted like Creme de Mango gone wrong. I was also put off because despite being labeled as more healthy, it contained significantly more calories than CdM. Less tastiness and more calories? No thanks.
This time, it still tasted like funny CdM, but it was still better than all the other mango ice creams available on the market. Believe, me, I have tried a LOT of mango ice creams since CdM went away.
So, what to do? Get used to this new funny tasting CdM imposter? I’ve made many batches of mango ice cream since CdM went away. I’ve actually gotten close to replicating its awesomeness in the latest batches. The texture was a bit off, but now that I’ve finally located some guar gum perhaps I can finally get it right.
Akshaye, if you’re reading this, please please pretty please bring back Creme de Mango!
Scoured the last convenient Lucky today. No Mission To Marzipan. :(
I decided to try a new-to-me brand: La Michoacana. I debated between coconut and mango for a bit, grabbed the coconut, and made a note to try the mango next time.
The cashier liked my choice. She told me about her favorite flavor: mamey. “We don’t have it here,” she said, “but if you see it you should try it.” I asked her to tell me the name again and she wrote it on my receipt for me. Thanks, Lucky cashier lady!
The coconut is good. I hope the mango will be too.
I had two desserts tonight. Ice cream followed by a different ice cream an hour later. I rationalized by saying each serving was approximately the size of one scoop, so it was like going to the ice cream shop and ordering two scoops. One dessert!
I tried a new yoga instructor today. We did some weird tai chi like moves and she kept telling us to breathe in, do something, breathe out, do something, breathe in, rinse, breathe out, repeat. I had a feeling we wouldn’t jibe when she walked in and told us not to put junk into our bodies, then singled out ice cream as an example. I considered walking out right then and there.
Never trust someone who doesn’t like ice cream.
After the Bikeskills clinic, we returned to the Java Hut lot, where Aaron was waiting for me. He had driven up with me that morning and gone for a couple loops on his own during my clinic.
It was hot day, so we walked over for some ice cream at Fairfax Scoop. There was a line out the door, but it was worth the wait. This place is totally tasty, and environmentally friendly too. They cycle through a handful of daily flavors made from Straus Creamery products. I think the other ingredients in the ice cream are organic also. I had a scoop each of mint with Newman-O’s and chocolate orange. Aaron had a scoop each of strawberry and vanilla. I loved all four. We considered going back for another four flavors when we finished.
I did have one gripe, although it was with their customers, not them. They had one guy behind the counter taking order after order, diligently scooping ice cream. He was working hard, doing a good job, totally polite and friendly. Some of the customers, however, didn’t even bother to acknowledge him. No hello, no eye contact, nothing the entire time. And after he’d scooped out ice cream for, say, a family of 5, he still got no recognition, no eye contact, and no tip! Seriously, people, what’s wrong with you?
Yay, Fairfax Scoop. Boo, self-entitled customers. If you’re ever in the area, definitely go try them. And be kind to the person behind the counter; they’re serving you tastiness!
I’ve been having trouble finding food to eat on nights when I come home too late to cook. There’s usually fruit at home, but I can’t eat only fruit. I used to eat Easy Mac, but my taste buds outgrew it. I can eat cereal, but I eat that in the morning, and I’ve been coming home late too often to eat that much of it. I’ve been resorting to canned soup. I love soup, but that’s going to get old soon.
What’s a good, somewhat healthy small meal item I can keep at home? I want something that can keep for a while, and has a decent amount of protein. Carbs and fat are okay, but I figure if I’m still scrounging around the kitchen hungry while ignoring a freezer full of ice cream, my body’s telling me it wants something else.
Feeding myself was a lot easier when I wanted ice cream for dinner all the time.
Tonight’s soup: Wolfgang Puck New England Clam Chowder. Snow’s Condensed kicks its butt any day.