Day 11: Ice cream

Write about your favorite thing that is not health-related but likely improves your life.

Nothing throws a wrench into a blogging challenge like a dead laptop. I am behind on correspondence and whatnot, but that’s okay. I originally thought about writing this post about my silly little dog, but then I remembered that ice cream exists. This is not a useful or informative post, but maybe it will make you smile.
We have a saying about ice cream in my house: “When the going gets tough, the tough get ice cream!” 

Tummy hurts? Boyfriend troubles? Kids at school being mean? Tempted to punch innocent inanimate objects? Stuck on a full liquid diet? Have some ice cream. I also eat ice cream just because it’s awesome. My stomach isn’t sensitive to dairy, and even if it was, I would keep a stock of Lactaid pills around so I could indulge my habit.

For a while when I needed to gain weight, grocery shopping became a game: “Let’s fill Alyssa with as many calories as possible”. That means comparing fat content of delicious ice cream and picking the least healthy one. I liked that game.

My friends and family understand my love of ice cream, and we use it to celebrate or lament momentous occasions. Some friends introduced me to some “premium” ice cream (very fatty and sugary) after one of my surgeries, and now Graeter’s is my favorite. A buddy brought Ben and Jerry’s “Chocolate Therapy” and we enjoyed it in a pretty visiting area when he came to see me in the hospital. I only know one person who shares my fiendish enthusiasm for ice cream. We text each other when we find great flavors or when we are ashamed of ourselves for eating obscene quantities of our favorite treat. My ideal day involves enjoying ice cream, wine, and good company. Beware, though, ice cream and wine don’t taste good together.

Here’s a great photo for you. This was while I used a feeding tube for almost all nourishment, and clear liquids were my only allowed “foods.” It was my birthday, so my family endorsed my dietary cheating because they love me.

I feel a little bad about this post, because ice cream is not very helpful nutritionally speaking, and I should eat less of it. But it improves my life so much. Oh goodness.

That’s my ramble of the day. My head hurts, I’m hot, and I have some in the freezer, so I’m going to eat some ice cream.


2 comments on “Day 11: Ice cream

  1. ok, I want some ice cream now. The best, and I used to love it as a kid, was mint choc chip ice cream float using Barrelhead rootbeer.

  2. Yes, Graeters!!! What a gift to womankind! I am now dairy-free but discovering other brands of ice coconut cream instead…not bad but NOT Graeters.

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