Day 27 – Creature of habit – Did you form a new habit this year? Or continue with an old one? Is it a good habit? Or one you’d like to break?
I stopped eating a daily bowl of ice cream this year. I’ve been eating ice cream every night pretty much since I was able to eat solid foods as a baby. My daily bowl if ice cream was a shared ritual that I had with my Dad. Even though I don’t see or hear from my dad anymore, I am fairly certain he enjoys a bowl of ice cream every night still.
I took a temporary hiatus in 2013 when I went on the Les Mills 21-day Challenge Diet. Which mimics a paleo diet, but takes it to the extreme by disallowing sugar substitutes, fruits and high glycemic vegetables. Egad. It was awful. I made it 19 out of the 21 days. I wrote about it as my very first blog posts on this site.
I did find out during that 19 day period that I will not die if I don’t eat ice cream.
This past year, I came across some literature that helped me understand the link between dairy products and endometriosis and eczema. Both of which I suffer from. My 19 dairy free days wasn’t long enough to recognize these benefits, but armed with knowledge, I decided to drastically cut back. Not eliminate. Elimination doesn’t work for me. The reverse psychology of an elimination situation is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t even attempt that.
My non-negotiable dairy item is half and half. I like a splash in my coffee. OK, all of my coffees. But, I can live without ice cream- tried and true. My endometriosis still bothers me but it is far less severe, and my eczema has all but gone away. I ate pizza last week and the cheese caused a minor break out – but it was well worth it. I just have to choose my battles.
I find that I don’t miss my ice cream habit. It was like a comfort blanket. A reminder of my dad. The reverse psychology of that elimination situation is still haunting me…