Friday, July 24, 2015

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Except you're really screaming out of shock over how much I ate and the fact that there's none left for you.

Have you ever watched the show Man vs. Food? Or seen an eating contest? When I watch Man vs. Food, I think to myself (and announce to anyone around), "I could totally do that." I know I'm small but so is the hotdog eating champion of the world. I often just don't get full, I get tired of eating sometimes, or bored with certain tastes or textures, but not full. Some foods are just so good I don't get tired of them though, I could go on and on eating them till the end of time it seems.

IMG_2214I have a problem with ice cream. It's one of those foods that turns me into a bottomless pit. If there's ice cream in the house, I'm going to eat it. I have no desire to stop and no need to stop; in the moment that's how I feel, once I step on the scale I feel otherwise. Just one more bowl, I tell myself. I'll just have one spoonful. I get the container out of the freezer and grab a spoon, five minutes and 11 "just one spoonful"s later I tell myself I'll just level out the top, make it nice and flat.

It's something about the texture of ice cream that makes me not be able to stop until I pop. I like to bite into it; I love the feeling of my teeth cutting through it and I want to feel it over and over (and over and over) again. A frozen banana cannot match this feeling. Frozen yogurt? I can't remember the texture of frozen yogurt, the taste is too disappointing that it overwhelms and texture points. I'm just not a yogurt fan, it's too sour. (Oddly enough, I do like plain goat milk yogurt but ice cream made from that is hard to come by).

The nutritional facts on the container claim there to be 12 servings in a 1.5 quart box. These are not Reese size servings. They might be husband sized servings, or toddler sized servings. For me, it's about 3 servings.
I routinely consume an entire 1.5 quart container of Breyer's in less than 24 hours.

I've tried telling myself I'll only have ice cream on the weekend or for special occasions, then I have a bad day or an overly stressful trip to the grocery store (remember I have three kids under the age of 5 with me) and give in. Other times I say I'll just get the little pint containers (which I always eat in one setting). The pint containers raise other issues. They aren't very budget friendly, for one. You spend just as much, if not more, on a pint of Ben & Jerry's as you would on a large box of Publix brand ice cream. That might be worth it to keep me from over-indulging but now that I'm trying to avoid soy and carrageenan my flavor choices are very limited and it's hard to find small containers that I can have.

This is serious problem though. It's so much sugar and so nutritionally empty. Surprisingly though, I did not struggle through ice cream withdrawals during my Whole30 (it was a really good hamburger on a bun that I craved). The diet did not break my sugar habit though and ice cream was the first dairy I tried during the reintroduction phase. It was wonderful, and I once again ate a whole container in less than 24 hours.

What foods turn you into a bottomless pit?

1 comment:

  1. My bottomless pit food is a bag of chips or popcorn. I guess those snacky kind of foods.


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