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- July Exercise
- Ice Cream
- The Evening Blues
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It is summertime and what tastes great in the summer - Ice Cream!!
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We don't all scream for ice cream when you scream and I scream. But during the dog days of summer (or winter or spring or fall), ice cream is a favorite way to cool off and enjoy some culinary tastiness at the same time. Whether you are a fan of ice cream, gelato, sorbet, sherbet , or granitas there is a frozen treat that is to your liking.
Take a break from the hot stove and whip up a frozen concoction. Fast, quick and easy to make, ice creams don't need to be done strictly in an ice cream machine. A zip seal bag can do the trick as can a simple cookie sheet in the freezer. Below are few facts about ice cream to enjoy before making your own!
It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone
The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988
The ice cream cone's invention is linked to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn't have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones!
Although the subject is quite controversial and several cities and people claim to be the original creator of the sundae, Ed Berners story remains one of the strongest cited. According to Ed Berners and other historians, the sundae's history goes back to 1881 in Two River, Wisconsin. Ed Berners charged 5 cents and only served his creation on Sunday's (hence the name). The spelling was changed to appease Christians, who felt advertising ice cream on the Lord's Day was inappropriate.
France is the country that gave us bon-bons, the crepe suzette, the Eiffel Tower, among other notable enjoyments, had the distinction of being the first country to serve ice cream to the general public at the Cafe Procope, in 1670.
80 percent of the world's Vanilla Bean used for ice cream is grown in Madagascar.
Top 10 Ice Cream Consuming Countries in the World:
- United States
- New Zealand
- Belgium / Luxembourg
An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
The ice cream cone was invented by Ernest Hamwi, a waffle vendor of Syrian decent, who sold Persian pastries called Zalabia (paper-thin waffles).
The largest ice cream cone measured 2.81 m (9 ft 2.63 in) in height and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy on January 11, 2012. The internal cone was made of wafer and covered with a 700 kg white chocolate cone then decorated with 2000 round wafer biscuits.
Submitted by: Anita Williams
The Evening Blues
If there is one area of eating (or nibbling) that I could eradicate in all of us, it's the mindless snacking we all seem to do in the evening. Mind you, I do meet the rare person who doesn't have the urge to nibble while watching TV or reading a book. I've talked about my own struggles with this before, but it bears repeating. We all know that eating at this time is rarely out of hunger, it's simply the desire to eat. The major issue, as you all know, is that these are extra calories (usually in the carbohydrate class) that we simply do not need. Our metabolisms are low, and we just store these mindless calories as fat.
The normal excuse I hear is, "It's my down time and I'm tired." For sure we may be mentally tired from our work, but we are definitely not physically tired from sitting in front of a computer all day.
As I'm typing this, I look outside and it's still light even though it's 8.30 at night. We need distractions to take our mind off those things in the cupboard or fridge. For me, I decided to write this article at this time using my cell phone, to keep my fingers busy. Like everyone else I was mentally drifting to the freezer which has some left over ice cream from Canada Day. However, the more I click away here, the less the urge to eat something. I'm often asked, "What causes this urge to eat at a time we aren't even truly hungry?" A simple answer is boredom, but a more physiological reason is likely serotonin in the brain (or dopamine) which has been habitually satisfied over the years by having something at this time.
Since we can't yet alter those chemical urges, then we have to break the habit. If this is a danger time for you, then the first thing is to remove yourself from the room that you associate with snacking. Read a book in another room; send an e-mail to a few of your friends; walk around the block; sweep the back deck or even pull 5 weeds in the garden; anything that will distract you. We must do something other than respond to that inner voice calling for something sweet or salty. Or, make a cup of tea, or have a glass of water.
Somehow if we can force ourselves to be satisfied with the supper we ate, or the healthy snack we had, long enough to make it to bedtime without more food, well, we've done a great job. The more we achieve this, the less the habit of mindless snacking occurs. Ultimately, we stop even considering extra food from supper to bedtime.
I make all of this sound easy, and I know it's not. It takes daily work. Each of us must find what works for us as individuals. What I do may not work for the next person.
Work on your evening snacks. Can you go one day, two days, maybe even three days without giving in to a carb/sugar craving? Challenge yourself. If it doesn't work, at least you tried. You can always try again tomorrow.
The most important thing is to never give up on yourself. You can do it. It takes work and lots of practice. But, by continually trying again and again, you WILL ultimately succeed.
Written by: Dr Doug