Addiction

Isn’t admitting you have an addiction the first step to recovery? If I follow the twelve step program, I need to admit that my addiction has taken over my life, and I have no control over it.

However, I’m deciding to take control of my life right now by admitting publicly that I have a problem. And I’m going to make a conscious, definite effort to stop, cold turkey and get my life on track.

Friends, blog readers, people I love… I’m addicted to ice cream.

I know it’s not something you’d associate with addiction, but I’ve got all the classic symptoms:

  • You’ve built up an ice cream tolerance. Once I’ve started I could continue eating the whole carton and never feel like I have enough.
  • You eat ice cream to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If I go too long without ice cream, I experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety. Maybe not that extreme, but sometimes I just need come frozen goodness.
  • You’ve lost control over your ice cream use. I often eat more ice cream than I planned, even though I tell myself I won’t. I may want to stop eating it, but I feel powerless. Too creamy. So delicious.
  • Your life revolves around ice cream. I spend a lot of time eating and thinking about ice cream, figuring out how to get it, and recovering from the ice cream’s effects. If I get to work 15 minutes early, I can leave 15 minutes early, swing by Trader Joe’s grab a gallon, eat it before Sean gets home, throw away the evidence, and then wallow in my stomach ache.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your ice cream eating. Can’t go work out, I’ve eaten too much ice cream.
  • You continue to eat ice cream, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in my life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but I eat it anyway. Ok, that’ a little extreme, maybe it just causes the occasionally over-full tummy and need for an early bed time.

Fortunately, I’ve found an ice cream alternative that, while not quite Trader Joe’s one-thousand-calorie-a-sniff vanilla ice cream, is an excellent, healthy substitute.

Banana Soft Serve

Necessary Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 TBSP milk (almond, organic dairy, coconut, whatever you want) – slowly add more if the consistency isn’t up to your ice cream standards

Topping/Mix in ingredients:

  • 1 TBS Dark Chocolate Dream (chocolate peanut butter)
  • Whatever else you want to sprinkle in (almonds, Cat cookies for people, fruit if you want it more like sherbet etc.)

Preparation:

Put the bananas in the food processor. Puree until crumbly banana chunks. Add milk. Puree until it’s like ice cream. Add whatever else you want. Puree. Add more milk if it’s not whatever consistency you want it to be.

The consistency I had it was similar to soft serve ice cream. You can add whatever you want. Depending on what you put in, the banana taste can be either powerful or muted. The way I made it (with chocolate PB and Cat cookies), it was a little like Chunky Monkey.

Yum. I love a good frozen treat.

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