I had to make a rule. No more ice cream in the house.

I have never made any food off limits to myself, because it would inevitably lead to a binge. So, I can still go out for ice cream. I’m just not bringing it into the house for a good month. It was just getting to the point where I would rather eat ice cream than anything else, and that’s just not healthy.

But what do you do when you’ve made the rule and the craving is still strong? Substitute.

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Tonight, all I wanted was something cold and sweet, but I was not about to stop for ice cream after grabbing a cone yesterday. So I went to the store and bought a giant bag of frozen fruit — sliced strawberries, mango, peaches and pineapple. And, OK, there’s fat free whipped topping on there, too.

It really hit the spot. I foresee a lot of frozen fruit in my future … 🙂

I tried another substitution tonight, of a different sort.

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Shredded veggie protein that was supposed to mimic barbecue pork. And guess what? It did! And this is coming from a true carnivore, someone who would eat meat with a side of meat if it were healthy. The “meat free” label was not all that appealing to me, but I loved this stuff. I only tried it because it had a 75 cent off coupon on the package, and my grocery doubles coupons, so it cost me around $1.50. I loved that it had 70 calories per serving, but I ate about a serving and a half for a good 105 calories worth of veggie protein.

It was very filling and, like I said, very tasty. I mean, it’s processed soy product, so it’s not the healthiest thing I could have had for dinner, but I liked it a lot and would buy it again if I stumble across another deal like this one.

If you missed it, and read this in the next hour, my lobster-loving buddy Rose is having a super fun Old Bay giveaway! Check it out!