My ‘war on ice cream’ continues. Despite not being an angel in the food department lately, I can report back on some very positive progress.
I’d like to announce that I haven’t eaten ice cream for seven whole days. I admit, I’ve eaten a brownie today, I’m not perfect. What I am pleased about is that I’ve broken the ritual of eating ice cream every evening. Believe me after 18 months of mainlining the stuff, this is a breakthrough.
How have I done this?
I’ve stocked up on interesting alternative snacks:
- Medjool dates
- Nakd bites – made from dates and other dried fruit and nuts, you can nearly convince yourself they are chocolate revels
- Aldi veggie bursts – edamane beans, almonds and cashew nuts roasted in paprika and chilli – so good
We’ve also been making a number of exciting non refined sugar cakes and snacks:
- Hemsley and Hemsley lemon poppy seed muffins
- The Foodie Teen pineapple and carrot cake with coconut and passion fruit frosting
- The Foodie Teen crunchy banana loaf
- Hemsley and Hemsley apple and cheddar buckwheat muffins
I understand that maple syrup or whatever sugar alternative we have used in the snacks isn’t exactly healthy, and neither is an excess of the natural sugars found in medjool dates, however for me it’s an important move away from the processed refined sugar found in ice cream.
And what I’m noticing is my diet has become more interesting and varied. My palate is growing more curious. When I ate the pineapple and carrot cake there was an incredible depth of flavour and it was very satisfying. With ice cream it’s wonderful, but it’s a much more one dimensional hit that leaves you craving more.
In the coming weeks Michelle my weight loss coach will carry on probing me to find out why I reach for ice cream. My relationship with a sugar hit is still hard wired and won’t disappear over night. One of the things that Michelle observed is that I’m very controlling around food. I count calories, I weigh out my ice cream, I exercise to burn off the exact calories I’ve ‘over’ eaten. It’s all rather rigid and to be frank probably a bit f**ked up. I’ve been overweight before, I don’t want to be again. There’s still more more work for us to do to uncover a more postive and less obsessive way of me relating to food.
I will keep you posted!
Do any of you relate to my journey? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.