Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means…ice cream! Who doesn’t love a cold, creamy treat on a hot, sweltering day? But, these are just a few of the terrible ingredients our most popular brand in Texas uses in their ice cream: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Carrageenan, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Artificial Colors.
I don’t know about you, but, I don’t want all of that stuff in my body. Carrageenan causes GI inflammation, HFCS is known to cause obesity, Hydrogenated Oils are a contributing factor in degenerative diseases…no thank you!
I decided to just start making it myself so that I know exactly what goes into it. Here’s a recipe for one of my favorites: Chocolate Cookie Dough, and you only need a few ingredients!
Cookie Dough Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Crunchy Peanut Butter (make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar or oils)
1 Tbsp. Honey
Mix ingredients together until it forms a nice little batter.
Roll into tiny balls and place them on a plate.
Stick these in the freezer while you make your ice cream.
Ice Cream Ingredients
1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
¼ Cup Cocoa Powder (or a little more if you like it extra chocolate-y)
¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (or peppermint if you like a mint chocolate flavor)
Toss all ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth.
Pour into a freezer safe bowl.
Put in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from freezer and stir in your “cookie dough” pieces.
Place back into the freezer until firm. (about 4 hours)
Remove from freezer about 15 minutes prior to eating to allow it to thaw some.
I thought I would bring to light an issue that I run into quite often being a personal trainer…comparisons. People are discouraged before they even get started, because they compare themselves to others. Sadly, I’ve seen younger and younger children start this toxic thought process too. “I’ll never be as fit as her.” “I will never be able to lift as much as him.” “I will never beat so-n-so at a race.”
Your fitness journey is not about trying to “be” someone else. It’s about being a better YOU. It’s impossible to be anyone but you, so comparing yourself to others is only going to drag you down and make you lose sight of the goals you set for yourself. It’s great to have someone that inspires you, but when inspiration turns to envy, you’ve got to remind yourself that it’s impossible to ever be that person you envy, because you will always be you!
If you can’t run a whole lap at the track (yet)…who cares…at least you aren’t on the couch! You’re out there giving it all that you’ve got, and you should be proud of yourself. Lord knows that I’m no Felix Cane or Jenyne Butterfly when it comes to pole dancing, but that’s ok…because I’m not Felix Cane or Jenyne Butterfly. I’m happy with what I can do, because it’s a direct result of the time and effort I have put into it thus far.
My 9-year old niece got really discouraged one day during pole practice because she just couldn’t nail a particular spin. “I’ll never be able to do it” was her repeated phrase. A couple of days later, she came back with a determined attitude. She told me that she had seen a little poster by her teacher’s desk at school that said, “Never say I can’t unless you finish it with…yet”. She said she thought about it and how true it was. Even though you might not be able to do something when you start, doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to. By the end of her practice, she was able to get that spin and was so proud of herself. As a trainer, that’s the best feeling in the world! When someone who works hard at something, achieves their goal, and is proud of their accomplishment.
Focus today on being a better you. Because the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday!