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MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,267)
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4/24/14 12:40 P

I eat a small serving (about a tablespoon) of ice cream every night. I eat it with my own little silver baby spoon. I get the taste...and the cool refreshingness, but very few calories and not much sugar. Works for me. Try the tiny spoon lasts longer and is just as satisfying as if you scarfed it down. I never eat cones...just extra calories, more sugar, and too much ice cream.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
4/24/14 11:44 A

I disagree. If people really practiced moderation. Which they don't. Our nation would not be over weight.

I know a fair mix of people. From the thin to obese. The ones that practice moderation are thin. And seemingly healthy. Since they run marathons and 5K's several times a year.

I do agree with walking to the ice cream stand. Once you get there, you may decide that you don't really want ice cream.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 4/24/2014 (11:46)
RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/24/14 11:10 A

No one " must have " ice cream. Don't confuse limiting a horrible choice, with making a good choice.

My advice is avoid ice cream completely. Sure, if you decide to consume some, less is better, but any is still a bad idea. The idea that people will eat a small amount of ice cream, and be satisfied is bull. They just want a bigger serving afterwards, and will probably walk down daily to get a large serving.

If moderation worked, our nation wouldn't be 70 % overweight, with fast food restaurants on every corner.

DOODLES1013 SparkPoints: (18,982)
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4/22/14 6:38 P

Now, that's a good idea....if I must have ice cream than I should walk to the "ice cream" stand instead of driving. Maybe I won't want it after I realize the good effort and calories I burned to get there. :) Love your quote "one stumble does not a failure make" emoticon

DOODLES1013 SparkPoints: (18,982)
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4/22/14 6:30 P

Great advice from everyone! emoticon

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (225,307)
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4/22/14 4:08 P

If you must indulge, get a child size or the smallest serving they have. And if you live "close" by one, then walk there, don't drive!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,821
4/22/14 1:36 P

I agree with everyone that you can work the occasional treat in if you plan, but it can be hard to make a good choice when presented with lots of yumminess. I'm in maintenance, and I keep some of my heaviest weight pictures on my phone, and my goal weight written on an erase board on my fridge. The visuals help me think twice before ordering the large and keeps me ordering the small. Or from reaching into the fridge/cabinet for another snack that I don't need.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
4/22/14 12:53 P

Plan for it as a special treat. Sunday is my treat day. So I would tell myself. That I can have it on Sunday.

Sometimes my treat day rolls around and I don't even want the treat I originally planned for. And some days, my brain is like. Today is ice cream day and we want ice cream.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,269)
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4/22/14 12:51 P

I do my best to surround myself with what supports my goals, and replace whatever doesn't with friendlier things. Only you know what your goal is, how bad you want your goal, and if ice cream is something that helps you move towards it.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
4/22/14 8:28 A

I'd say enjoy it on a rare occasion, not everyday.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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4/22/14 8:13 A

Plan it. Track it. Enjoy it.

If you look at the menu for Dairy Queen, which is the local ice cream stand by my parents' house, you can see that there are some ok choices and some really bad choices. A small dipped cone is 340 calories. That's almost as many calories as a meal, but you could easily fit it into your day if you had a smaller than normal lunch and saved the calories you used for a snack. A small soft serve is only 140, which is even easier to fit into your day, even a couple of times a week, if it is what you really wanted.

One the other hand, a small Oreo Blizzard is 570 calories. It would be very hard to fit that into a day unless you had planned in advance and eaten at the lower end of your range a couple days that week. If you look at the larger sizes of Blizzards, they are upwards of 1000 calories, and there is no way you can make that part of a balanced day.

I am a big fan of treats, but if you have them all the time, then they are no longer treats. Eaten in moderation, and with some advance planning, you should be able to enjoy your ice cream this summer.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,015
4/22/14 7:58 A

I agree that it's a special treat you can plan for. So, maybe plan for it on the weekend but eating fewer calories, getting a little more exercise and tracking it when you do decide to indulge.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
4/22/14 6:50 A

Well.... idk. Spark says "anything in moderation" and I believe that-- I can eat anything I want, in moderation. So if it was me.... I'd get an idea of the calorie count for a soft-serve cone, or a milkshake. And I'd take a look at whether I could work one into my food plan occasionally. The key word here is "occasionally". Not, daily or 3 times a week or every time it seems like a good idea.

For example-- if I eat 100 calories under the high end of my range for 6 days straight, I've got 600 calories "left over" for the week that I could conceivably blow on the 7th day. And the average for the week would still be within my range. It would depend on whether I can actually save up those calories. And it would also depend on whether eating that cone or having that milkshake, triggered me to want to eat more. I love soft serve ice cream, but I know that eating it doesn't satisfy the craving so much as it makes me want more. I'm better off only eating a small cone a couple times all summer (and really truly enjoying the heck out of it), than trying to save up calories and have one, once a week.

DOODLES1013 SparkPoints: (18,982)
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4/22/14 5:19 A

With the nice weather finally here it's very tempting to avoid those "road side ice cream and burger stands. Love milkshakes and soft serve ice cream. I live close by one, so it can be very hard to drive by without wanting to stop in. Any advice? Does anyone else have this temptation?

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