How To Eat Ice Cream and Still Lose Weight
Warning: Adult language
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Would you like to eat ice cream and have it not count against you? Okay, I know… really stupid question. Well I’m gonna show your sexy ass how to pull off this magic trick! I know, I know… I’m your favorite person right now. You love me, don't ya?
Oh come on... you can admit it. Yup, it's final, you love me. Cause I said so.
Well.... Just remember how much you love me when you’re reading another article where I’m giving you my Tough-Love-Move-Your-Ass spiel. Cause you know that shit's bound to happen soon. It's kinda my thing. I love ya, but I don't sugarcoat. I tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. But today is the exception! Today I'm totally gonna tell you what you want to hear! I'm totally gonna tell you that you can eat ice cream and still lose weight! Holy shit, kids, today is a big day!
So if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I always make you dangle for a little bit before I give you the goods. Don’t worry, it won’t be too long. I just gots some stuff to say first. And if you haven't visited me here before, let me say, Welcome to Half of Gabby! Man did you pick a good day to show up. I mean, ice cream! Nuff said.
Okay, so here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to show you how you can eat ice cream (or whatever goodie you want) so that it doesn’t mess up your eating plan or calorie count. But first (see here’s where I make you wait a bit), I want to talk a little about Cheat Days and Cheat Meals.
Let me get one thing off my chest... I hate the terms Cheat Day and Cheat Meal. Like really hate it. Here’s why. If you are calling a particular meal or an entire day a cheat, then you are implying that you are doing something wrong. This is just another form of self-shaming. Uh oh, you cheated! Uh oh, you ate something bad! Uh oh, you did something wrong!
It’s total bullshit.
You are NOT doing anything wrong because you decide to have a piece of cake. You are not cheating on your ‘diet’ (another term I hate). You are not being weak or gluttonous. You do not need to wallow in self-shame and be depressed for the next three days. You are not being bad or doing anything wrong.
You’re just eating a piece of fucking cake. That’s it.
You’re not going to gain 10 pounds because you had a piece of your five year old’s birthday cake. No one is going to come and take you away to cake jail. You aren’t going to be forever branded a disgusting fat ass because you took a corner piece with extra icing… or a scoop of ice cream with it.
You wanna know why all these bad things aren’t going to happen? Because it’s just cake… and you’re a grown ass adult… and you can have a piece of cake without being shamed. You are not a weak, fat, loser because you didn’t opt for baby carrots while everybody else was singing Happy Birthday and shoving cake in their mouths. Hey, if you want to eat baby carrots instead, more power to you! That’s great! There’s been plenty of times I passed on the cake. But if you want it, have it… and don’t feel bad about it. Now I’m not saying your ass should be dining on decadent desserts every night. You know damn well if you want to lose weight, these treats can’t be a constant indulgence. But every once in a while, there is absolutely no harm in it. And you don’t have to deem it a Cheat Meal or a Cheat Day for you to make it okay in your brain and justify it. Just have it.
You see, all this power we give to food is what gets us in trouble in the first place. We have a tendency to set up very unhealthy relationships with food. We give our power over to it. There is no way in hell we should be taking orders from a donut or letting a piece of pie give us a case of the major feels. In order to lose weight and get healthy for good, you must learn to take the emotion out of eating. Because let me tell you, long after you hit goal weight... you're still gonna have to friggin eat. It's a part of life. All day, everyday, food is there. You better make peace with it now or else you're in for a world of hurt. And if you attach emotions to food, you won't be at goal weight for long. That shit will come back to haunt you like your 80's hair.
We are emotional beings, especially us women. We always want to attach meaning or feeling to everything. To a large extent we can’t help it. We are wired that way. It’s what makes us such great mamas and listeners. It’s what gives us that dead-ass accurate intuition and the built-in bullshit detectors. Being connected to the world through emotions is a good thing. Being connected to food through emotions? Not so much. It’s a large reason why we get fat. We eat when we’re depressed. We eat when we’re anxious. We eat when we’re hurting. Oh and guess what? We also eat when we’re celebrating things. We eat when we’re happy. We eat to reward ourselves. We eat to connect with others. Okay so basically we eat to match every friggin emotion, occasion, and reason that is in existence. So how do we ever win the food battle?
You stop giving food your power. Look, we’re always going to celebrate with food. There’s nothing wrong with that. Holidays, birthdays, picnics, weddings, family dinners, etc. Food will always be a part of these events and that’s okay! It should be. Where you have to change your response to food is on the other side of the emotion scale… all the negative, sad, shameful feelings. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO EAT. You are not bad because you decide to have cookies for breakfast. Now you may not be dropping mad amounts of weight if those are the choices you make on the regular, but there’s a key word here… CHOICE. You get to choose what goes in your body. Whatever you choose, you need to own.
The only way to stop giving food all of your power is to take it back. Own your decisions and understand the consequences. Stop letting a piece of cake make you feel bad. That’s ridiculous. Either pass on the cake and choose to be proud of a healthy choice or eat the cake and get the hell over it.
It’s not a cheat, it’s a choice.
Once you realize that, you have all the power. If you are making a conscious effort to have Aunt Sally’s famous cheesecake on Saturday night, then you don’t have to feel bad about it. You're CHOOSING to eat. You’re not cheating. WhoTF came up with this cheating shit? You are allowed to enjoy unhealthy foods on occasion. The fact that we are deemed a cheater if we do is absolutely ridiculous and it pisses me off.
Here’s the dealio. You cannot eat 100% healthy, 100% of the time. It is an impossibility. It will never happen. I don’t care if your mantle is full of Self-Control and Most Determined awards. I don’t care if you’ve won 11 gold medals in the fucking Dieting Olympics. You are going to eat a dessert or a greasy bacon cheeseburger every once in a while. To label someone as cheating because they’re eating something less than healthy is unfair and uncalled for. You are allowed to deviate from perfect eating every once in a while.
If it sounds like I get fired up when it comes to this subject, it’s because I do. I was morbidly obese for over 10 years and I bought into the fact that I was a lazy disgusting slob because I couldn’t eat healthy 100% of the time. I shamed myself constantly and called myself names. I bashed myself unmercifully because of this bullshit. By the grace of God I was able to get out from underneath the shaming long enough to realize that not only should I NOT be letting food control me or take my power away from me, but I shouldn’t be letting society’s overall labeling of obese people or the latest diet buzz words like ‘cheat meal’ have any hold over me as well. Most importantly, I realized that I was the biggest culprit in perpetuating these societal classifications onto myself. I bought this bullshit hook, line, and sinker.
The bottomline is: Take control of your decisions and understand that what you put into your body and how you choose to live is exactly that… YOUR CHOICE. Own it so that you can be the one with all the power.
And for God’s sake, if you want a piece of cake or some ice cream, don’t let it rip you apart emotionally. Just fucking eat it, get over it, and move with your damn life.
Okay, WHEW… I feel like I can actually get to the part of this article that was my main intent now. Not gonna lie, that rant went on longer than I expected. I know you want to know how you can eat ice cream and have it not count against you. I’m finally ready to give you what I promised you like 28 years ago. Oh well, I am a very long-winded bitch! Hopefully I’ll make up for it by showing you how to have ice cream or cake or whatever with absolutely no impact on your emotions!
Okay here we go! So I have a fondness for Cold Stone’s cookie dough ice cream. Okay, scratch fondness, let me just get real here… I love it! I found a way to eat it so that it doesn’t mess with my calorie count. I try to stay somewhere around 1500 calories/day. It’s no big deal if I choose to have ice cream every once in a while, but lately I have been indulging a little too much. But I refused to feel bad about it so instead I rearranged my calorie distribution on the days I knew we’d be going to Cold Stone. Correction: On the days I knew I was going to come up with some lame ass excuse to go to one of the businesses in the same plaza so that I could stop into Cold Stone ‘unexpectedly’.
So you know how I said I like to keep my calories around 1500/day? Well a small vanilla bean Cold Stone ice cream with one cookie dough mix-in is 550 calories. In case you missed that, let me repeat myself... 550 CALORIES! Seriously, life just isn’t fair. So how can I eat 550 calories worth of ice cream and still stick to my regimen? I’m going to show you! But first… Ha! I know you’re probably ready to throat punch me by now with the ‘but firsts’. This will be super quick. I promise.
Two rules you need to follow when you’re making room for goodies in your meal plan:
1. Do NOT skip meals/snacks throughout the day.
2. Make the food you do eat that day be HIGHLY nutritious.
The worst thing you can do when you know you’re going to eat unhealthy later in the day is to try to ‘save up’ calories. It always backfires. Not only does it build you up into a ravenous feeding frenzy, but no food means you’re slowing your metabolism down to a snail’s pace. Not good! Especially when you’re going to be jamming high-calorie foods down your throat later. You are going to need your metabolism to help burn that off.
The second worse thing you can do is not feed your body nutritious foods throughout the day. This is important every day, but especially on the days when you will be spending a portion of your day eating unhealthy food that won’t provide you any nutrition or sustenance. So on the days you know you will be eating treats, stick to calories that pack a huge nutritional punch for as little bang as possible.
Throughout the week I do stay true to a very strict eating schedule as well as a regimented fitness schedule, but on the weekends I allow myself small indulgences. Every once in a while I will do what I'm showing you today and cut some calories to make an allowance for said indulgences. That way it really doesn't even become an indulgence. Well to my tastebuds it still is, but in relation to calories it isn't. But even though I am cutting calories off of my meals, I am not cutting out any nourishment (VERY IMPORTANT!).
I must note here that I do NOT do this regularly. Well, actually, the last few weeks I have been, but it’s just a phase. I haven’t had ice cream for four days now, so I think this most recent craving has passed.
I would not suggest eating only 100 calories meals and then eating high calorie desserts that hold no nutritional value on a regular basis. But every once in a while it's a viable option to stay on track for the day and still get a yummy treat. I will say again though that it is IMPERATIVE that you still eat your regularly scheduled meals!!! DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF all day long so that you can indulge later! Your body needs sustenance throughout the day and not eating will bring your metabolism to a screeching halt.
Below I’m going to share with you an actual daily intake of meals/snacks for when I choose to indulge on a particular day. You do NOT need to follow this, for I am simply showing you how I do in fact continue to eat throughout the day AND eat very nutritiously.
EXAMPLE MEAL PLAN FOR TREAT DAY:
Breakfast: 131 Calories
3 egg white and veggie omelet with 1/2 Ezekiel English muffin
Mid-Morning Snack: 70 Calories
Lunch: 100 Calories
5 egg whites, peppers, and spinach
Afternoon Snack: 260 Calories
1/2 Ezekiel English muffin with natural peanut butter
Dinner: 300 Calories
Turkey burger (without bun) with onions and mustard. Big side of green beans.
Dessert: 550 Calories
Small vanilla bean ice cream with one cookie dough mix-in. (Cold Stone)
Evening Snack: 100 Calories
Baby Carrots and Hummus
TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 1511
Let me point out that all three of my meals combined is still less calories than the dessert!! That is just crazy to me!
On the fitness side of things, I get my workouts done very early in the morning (5:00am). So even if I indulge in a very yummy treat for dessert, I've still put in a near perfect day that falls in line with a healthy lifestyle!
Again, I have to reiterate that this is NOT something that you should be doing everyday. Part of getting healthy is learning to eat healthy food most of the time. Can you treat yourself occasionally? Absolutely yes! But fitting in ice cream, other desserts, or greasy unhealthy foods should not be part of your everyday meal plan. It's also important to understand that the more you eat unhealthy foods, the more you want unhealthy foods. Especially when we are talking about sugary foods. Sugar is very addictive and the more you give your body, the more your body is going to demand it via cravings. So use this technique when you want to avoid screwing up your regimen, but don't make this a regular thing! Moderation is key.
I wanted to give you a way of indulging AND sticking to your plan, but I don't want you to be using this as a daily way to eat shitty foods! Don't abuse the loop hole... or I'll be coming after your ass.
I want you to get two things from this article.
1. Quit giving food your power! If you want a treat, then CHOOSE to have a treat with no shame and no guilt. Own your choices so that they don’t own you.
2. If you want a treat but don't want it to throw a wrench in your regimen, choose healthy, nutritious, and low calorie foods for meals and snacks all day long. You can also amp up your workout to burn a couple extra calories too. Remember, there are consequences to your choices and you have the control to even it out with your food choices and fitness activity for the rest of that day. By being smart, you can have the best of both worlds... You can have your cake and eat it too!
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