During the sunny season, we all scream for ice cream, and we buy one despite long cues.
But it's just while you're waiting and deciding the flavour you'll have, that you may think: do I really want it? We're in the swimming suit season, and we all like to look great on in. So there are two possibilities: eat it anyway and then feel guilty, or not eat it at all. Having regrets about what you ate is a very uncomfortable situation. The second option is hard too because it means to step out of the cue, pull straight, and look at the ground every time you meet someone with a cone.
However, there is a third option, the balanced one, that combines taste, health and pleasure. A good ice cream, eaten in a healthy context, can be enjoyed with serenity when there is a real desire for one.
So, what do we intend as "balanced context"?. First of all, it includes physical exercise and sport within everyday life. Then comes nutrition, which must be analysed in the general and specific situation of each person.
Try asking yourself: Why do I want an ice cream? Is it because I didn't have breakfast? Did I eat enough fruit and vegetables? Did I properly combine carbohydrates and proteins? Or perhaps because I didn't eat enough in the previous meal, and now I'm so hungry that I could eat a horse. The answers to these questions describe your dietary behaviours that have a crucial relationship with the desire for sweets and with the compulsive search for food. You should consider integrating these and other simple habits to your daily routine if you decide to do good for your body and your serenity.
Let's say you are in an optimal situation. You go to the gym every day at least half an hour or minimum an hour three times a week; therefore, your metabolism is active. You eat well, so your organism knows how to manage hunger and hormones adequately. In other words, you have a good breakfast, always combine carbohydrates and proteins and eat fruit and vegetables in abundance. In this case, it will be enough to combine ice cream with a good portion of vegetables and fruit (a salad, an apple, a carrot) and a protein quota that balances the sugar intake. A package of almonds or walnuts at hand, for example, makes the task easier and effectively regulates sugar blood levels. These points incorporate ice cream as a part of a meal that intends to be as complete and balanced as possible. Moreover, you can sit outside and enjoy what's inside your cone or cup with calm and pleasure, even better if in the sun, to stimulate the endogenous production of vitamin D3.
Last but not least, it may be useful to take a look at the ingredients used by your ice cream shop and eventually decide to change it. The essential points in choosing your favourite ice cream place should be good-quality raw materials, fresh ingredients, and a final composition similar to home-made ice cream.
There is a difference between eating ice cream every day and eating it once in a while. It is precisely the distinction between exaggeration and balance.
Nobody says that living in ice cream or that eating it makes you lose weight. But it's nice to know there's a better and healthy way to have it, or any other dessert, with serenity in the appropriate context.
Enjoy your ice cream!