Monday, July 24, 2006

Hello, my ankles, how I’ve missed you.

This month, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with swollen ankles. I’m not talking the usual summer puffiness either. We’re talking full on, old lady in need of support hose and a diuretic, swollen. Well, I’ve finally figured out what was causing it. Brace yourselves because the culprit is…

Photo courtesy of these folks.


ice cream.

I figured this out because I stopped eating ice cream last week. Now, four days later, the problem has mysteriously gone away along with a lot of aches and pains that I was attributing to being almost 42. So, I guess there will be no more ice cream for me this summer. It’s just as well since, considering my weight, I need ice cream like I need VD.

Sorry, no baby pictures. I forgot my camera yesterday. I took a bunch with my sister’s camera and I’ll try to get her to send them to me. There are some cute ones.

6 comments:

Tish said...

When I cut back or eliminate ice cream, I like fat free lemon (sub chocolate or your favorite fruit flavor) sorbet or italian ice. Even a frozen Capri Sun (cut off the top and eat like a push up pop) will do. It's hard to give up frozen treats when it is as hot as it is this summer!! (And somehow, moving from the muggy NY Hudson Valley to Colorado's Front Range has drastically reduced the number of puffy days for my 46!! yo overweight ankles).

Lucy said...

Thanks for the suggestions! You gotta love the frozen dessert in summer. I've been making smoothies with frozen fruit that have been really hitting the spot.

Amy said...

Toscannini's has great frozen sorbet and sometimes they have vegan soy ice cream too! You won't totally have to give up frozen treats :)

Danielle said...

[sniffle] Do you have any idea what in the ice cream is causing you problems? Cream? Because then you could sort of work around it.

Of course, I just tried to buy a baby foot-cream gift for a friend who turns out to be allergic not only to artificial perfumes but to natural stuff like lavender oil... so I know sometimes there really is no way around things that irritate your system.

DeanB said...

Be strong, Lucy! It has to be hard to give up ice cream but feeling better will make it worthwhile.

Lucy said...

I'm fairly sure it has something to do with the milk fat and the sugar. I think I'm better off going cold turkey. Once I got through the first few days, I don't seem to be craving it any more. Thanks for all the advice and support everyone!