Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for Rocky Road: or, shame and self loathing have never tasted so delicious...

April A-Z Topic:  Rocky Road

I'm sitting at my computer at this moment, and beside me is an empty container of Baskin and Robbins rocky road ice cream. How the heck did I manage to eat an entire container of that stuff? It didn't seem like that much. Ugh, I think I feel sick.

It all started so innocently, I was only going down the road to get some bread. I had absolutely no intention of stopping at the ice cream shop, it wasn't even in the complex I was going to.

I was coerced, that must be it! Somehow society has preconditioned me, or brainwashed me to want junky, no good for me food instead of the healthy alternatives. I've been trained to buy things like McDonalds and Pizza Hut and fish and chips, rather than buying ... um, well ...

See, that's my point!

Why is it that I find myself craving junk food, but I don't get a sudden hankering for a dish of steamed vegetables? I have on occasion offered to sell my soul to the person who would bring me a bottle of diet coke, but I don't think I've ever offered anyone anything for getting me a glass of milk.

But seriously, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if I was to discover that most of the popular fast foods also contained some sort of addictive substance. If I was of a suspicious nature, I might think that there was a conspiracy theory in there somewhere.

 After all, wouldn't it make sense to make sure that the entire population of a planet was addicted to something only you can provide before you went through with your world domination plans?

I've got my eye on you Ronald McDonald!

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  1. While you ate ice cream, I went for a run.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. Run ... ice cream ... yeah, I probably still would have gone with the ice cream.

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  2. MSG and high fructose corn syrup anyone? =D

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  3. Rocky Road...... Mmmm, - I'm going shopping this morning

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    1. LOL! I'll have you all eating it by the end of this.

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  4. That ice cream sure sounds good. But how far would I have to run to use up all those calories? Conspiracy theory? Sounds feasible!

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    1. I don't even want to think about how far I'd have to run!

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  5. You deserve that tub of ice-cream, sitting at the computer is hard work for real. I can't remember the last time I had some of that, maybe today is the best day to go look for it.

    I know what you mean about the junk food too. I eat a pretty healthy balanced diet but I have days when I pig out on the junk like a junkie would. I fill my face until my cheeks puff out and my stomach bulges... Maybe I should stop now, as my love for food is kicking in...

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    1. It does seem to happen in waves. Perhaps it's based on the phases of the moon!

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  6. The addictive substance is sugar. scientifically verifiable, it's as addictive as cocaine.

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    1. Very, very possible. I do love sugar. I know it's bad for me, but damn do I love it!

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  7. I think there's a secret underground junk food society that controls the world's sweet tooths. Or is it sweet teeth? Beware!

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    1. I'm sure of it! They probably all sit around in their secret lair, twirling their moustaches and deciding what evil high fat and sugar product to give us next.

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  8. I know when I've eaten too much junk when I utter the words, "Ooh, I could murder some broccoli right now." :)

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    1. LOL! I don't think I've ever craved broccoli, although I have yearned for lettuce from time to time. Of course, that might just be because it comes on a Big Mac.

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  9. Lately all I've been eating is crap. Pizza and other processed white bread carbs. Then I wonder why I've got no energy.

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    1. You'd think with modern science they'd have figured out a way to take all the bad parts out of junk food but leave the taste, wouldn't you!

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    1. That is true. I'm just trying to stave off the osteoporosis.

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  11. Have not had Rocky Road in forever. Wanted to lick the screen when I saw your photo.

    I try to eat healthy but still do not lose weight. So sad oh well at least I am eating healthy.

    Came by from Tales of the Reborn Crafter

    http://talesofthereborncrafter.blogspot.com/

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    1. Me too! Just wanted to lick the screen and now, all I can think about is Rock Awesome Road. I wasn't even hungry a minute ago!

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    2. Behold the power of Rocky Road Ice Cream ;D

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  12. Honestly our bodies crave carbs and sweets at different times naturally. It's not that they are addictive but they are able to provide a little instant happy and satisfy hard to identify urges. We'd feel just as good if we were able to grab oh Adam Levine or some other hot rocker to kill the urge instead of rocky road. We just don't have rock stars and athletes (hello David Beckham and every other hot man in shorts and/or tights) on tap as easily as we do ice cream and sweets. I've had to swap out healthier options (less frozen prepped meals and healthier versions of snacks I like) for the quick fixes cause otherwise I'd indulge way more than I should. And now that I make ice cream at home I can cut some of the fat and sugar just because I find recipes that I like and use low or non fat milk. BUT I also figure out since I make it at home there aren't all those emulsifiers and fillers and extra fats to keep ice cream store ready. The faster your ice cream melts the less the fat content in it and that's a nice trade off for me when I do grab the bowl and pig out lol.

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    1. I always try to swap out the unhealthy for healthier alternatives, but my taste buds always seem to catch on to what I'm doing.

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  13. i want some lactose free ice cream now. I actually to get a craving to veggies or fruits but not nearly as often as for chocolate...never for junk food tho. I offer a gazzilion euro for some rocky road bar now!

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    1. I definitely crave junk food. McDonald's special sauce is just liquid crack!

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  14. Ice cream is the downfall of many!

    It looks worth it :)

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  15. Who was it that said, "I have a hankering for a dish of steamed vegetables"? No one ever, that's who. ;)

    S

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    1. And they all wonder why we don't get our three and five a day.

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  16. World domination plans...hmmmm....I never thought of that before but it is the burger KING and the COLONEL of chicken fame....all those high rankers ...bwahahaha...

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    1. It makes you wonder who the General is, doesn't it. My money is on Ronald.

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  17. I've always wondered that too.Why can't lettuce and cucumber taste yummy?

    Is Anyone There

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    1. Wouldn't it be great if veggies tasted like chocolate? If only...

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  18. I hear ya!! I can easily inhale all manner of crap food and then feel like I hate myself and my lack of self control. A while back I started having a terrible reaction to dairy. I used drink milk while eating cheese, while eating ice cream. Dairy and coffee were my favorite food groups!! Now no ice cream inhaling. The coconut milk and soy milk stuff just doesn't have the same addictive quality for me. Now I eat bags of cookies to make up for the ice cream.

    Lisa
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    1. I love my dairy! And I know what you mean, cheese goes really well with milk.

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  19. This sounds like me with oreos. I am simply incapable of saying "oh, I seem to have eaten a reasonable amount of these. I shall put the rest away for later." no. nope. I just eat all of them that exist in my house in one sitting. and then get gut rot.

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  20. I've been know to do that very thing too. Love - love - love ice cream.

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    1. It just happens all of a sudden. One minute you have a tub of icecream, the next minute an empty container.

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  21. I have a PROBLEM with Edy's Slow Churned Rocky Road. It's my nemesis. I can not stop eating it. I actually beg my husband to remove the container from my hands, but then I kind of want to punch him for taking it... LOL

    If no one is brave enough to try and stop me, I WILL eat the entire carton in one sitting. :)

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  22. First, let me say how jealous I am that you have Baskin Robbins. They don't have any around here anymore. The last time I had Baskin Robbins, I was in freaking TOKYO, for heaven's sake. Although I will say that Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby will give BR a run for its money any day.

    "Why is it that I find myself craving junk food, but I don't get a sudden hankering for a dish of steamed vegetables?"- Yes. This. A thousand times, this.

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

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    1. I love B&R. I try to limit my visits to when I'm visiting the laundromat (bribery for doing the linens), but every now and then I fall off the wagon.

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  23. I, too, wouldn't be surprised to find out there are addictive additives in foods to make us crave them. I am struggling a bit now on this very subject. I am a vegetarian and my doctor wants me to eat more protein. I would much rather she ask me to eat french fries, chocolate eclairs and drink more diet coke but that doesn't seem to be part of her plan.

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  24. ASPARTAME!!! lol, I think that's the secret ingredient. And all the experts say it's gonna "get us." Whatever...

    I'm with you. Take care, Slu

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  25. Why is it that you find yourself craving junk food? Sugar. They put that stuff in everything, even baby food. It makes us want more. (That includes bever glands...)

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  26. Rocky road is a favorite around here, too. I don't buy it very often--vanilla bean goes with more of my baking whims (cobblers, etc.), but when we go chocolate, rocky road is on the list! I say just roll with it--no shame, no anguish, just get up and go for a walk and you'll feel better.

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    1. Yum vanilla with cobbler! I love vanilla icecream with plum cobbler.

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  27. LOL - so true, reminds me of my favorite cartoon of the fat lady hanging on the lamp post as she is being sucked in to the candy store. There does some to be some vacuum effect of these fast food places.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    Visiting from AtoZ #41

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    1. Or like they're whispering sweet nothings to us until we can't resist any longer.

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  28. Funny you should mention this, as I was just craving a DQ Blizzard. I also like to eat all of the wrong things, but try to sneak in some fruits and vegetables along the way.

    Julie

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    1. LOL! If you manage it your a better woman than I am.

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  29. Clearly you have never sat down and eaten half a package of oreos before going to the fridge and discovering an empty jug of milk. I contemplated selling my firstborn for a glass of milk when in that situation.
    And yes, there is a conspiracy. They make that stuff as addictive as possible while still being legal.

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    1. LOL! How much milk do you think you'd get for him?

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  30. It's the sugar that does it. Very addictive stuff. That's why I drink my coffee without it. ;-)

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    1. I should probably work towards getting myself off it.

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  31. Girl, I am SO WITH YOU on the Rocky Road, especially Haagen-Dazs' version, where the marshmallow's a ribbon of joy, mmmmmm...
    Some Dark Romantic

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  32. You're not wrong, junk food manufacturers work tirelessly to add additives, preservatives, and flavors to make you feel like you're not full yet trick your brain into unlocking endorphines that make things feel delicious. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
    That's a NY Times article on the science behind their nefarious temptation.

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    1. How very generous of them (sarcasm at no extra charge)

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  33. Rocky Road is hands-down my favorite flavor. It's the marshmallows.

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  34. there is a serious junk food conspiracy - it's the only logical answer to your question!! I'm a fan of Ben & Jerry's though - even though I used to work at a Baskin-Robbins store when I was 15

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    1. I think the B&R addiction is one of proximity. The shop is just down the road from me.

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  35. My latest blog post might be your fault.

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  36. It's all fixed. I have no control. Damn, I need to sure someone now...;)

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    1. It's true. It's completely out of your control, so you might as well have that extra serving.

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  37. I have often thought the same thing. I mean, it just makes no sense HOW addicted I am to Diet Coke. Why when a diet Coke commercial comes on and they pour it into a glass do I stop everything and stare? That CAN'T just be because of a caffeine addiction!

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    1. Oh please stop drinking diet Coke, Kianwi. It's so bad for you, really.

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    2. I'm pretty bad with the diet coke too, although I've been working on cutting back. I think it's because of the phenylalanine, synthetic happy drugs.

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  38. We've all been here... The key is to keep your chin up and lie to yourself that it'll never happen again. Thus repeats the vicious cycle.

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  39. It seems like everything we like is illegal, immoral, or fattening. How is anyone supposed to win against those "challenges"?

    It's been a long time since I've had Rocky Road. It wold have been nice if you had saved a bit for the Bear. Sigh!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. That's true, and if we can't win then there's no point trying. Another icecream it is!

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  40. When i eat ice cream I just throw some fruit on it and tell myself it's good for me!

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    1. Ah yes, the dieters logic! I love those, I use them all the time.

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  41. I know you were (mostly) joking, but I think there is some truth in there. I've read somewhere that it takes 2 weeks to change your tastebuds. So I do believe you crave what you are in the habit of craving and if you gave it two weeks, maybe you'd find yourself looking forward to some of the substitutions. When I was younger I worked in a building that had no cafeteria or anything to eat within walking distance. Once you have to get in your car, the possibilities are endless. It did not help that there was one of every type of fast food restaurant on this one strip. I ate crap ALL the time.

    Then I switched jobs to a building that did have a cafeteria and started eating much better. Today I almost never eat fast food and when I do, it doesn't taste the same as I remember it tasting. Of course, sugar has always been my weakness. Sigh.

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    1. The problem is going two weeks without those things! Two weeks, it might as well be two years!

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  42. As long as you had Diet Coke with it. Because, as everyone knows, Diet Coke sucks calories right out of your body. Or so I read on the Internet. Somewhere.

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    1. Absolutely. It's a fact. Proven by science and everything.

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  43. If only I could crave a salad...instead I'm thinking about Dominos pizza and cracking open a bottle of rose wine.

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  44. Being lactose intolerant is my body's way of stopping me from doing exactly what you did. Rocky Road is soooo good!! *drool*

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    1. I don't have any convenient food allergies or intolerances, unfortunately.

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  45. Dark chocolate is my bane! What a fun post. Thanks for visiting mine today, Roland

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  46. ice cream is tempting
    nicely written

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    1. Go on, have some!

      Sincerely, the devil on your shoulder.

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  47. There are certain foods I can't have in my house. At all ever. Nacho cheese dip, chocolate covered pretzels, those ice cream cones with the chocolate and nuts already on top. If we buy them I will eat them in a day. Like they are enchanted food from the White Witch of Narnia.

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    1. I'm pretty bad with popcorn. If we have it, I'll eat it.

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  48. That addictive substance is called sugar and I have exactly the same addictions although I'm currently on a diet and haven't had any cravings so it's not too bad at the moment.

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    1. Ooh, lucky you! I always crave stuff when I'm trying to be healthy. I'm sure it's psychological, but still.

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  49. 4 cupcakes today. Just sayin. It's not right but sometimes it happens.

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    1. Yep, it does. Some times cupcakes happen, and sometimes rocky road icecream happens, and sometimes eating a whole barbeque chicken pizza on your own while watching Doctor Who happens ... or so I've heard.

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  50. ...killed an entire tube of Pringles while penning my next project the other night. Didn't even realize I did it until the tube fell over, dumping the crumbs onto my keyboard.

    Oh well...

    Fun post ;)

    El

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    1. It's awful, isn't it, when you realise you've just inhaled a whole tube of them and you can't even remember it!

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  51. I find it absolutely DEVASTATING that you have a Baskin Robbins so close to you. My closest one is 30 minutes away. Also: How could you get Rocky Road when there is PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE?!?!?!!?!

    Also: I occasionally crave bags of lettuce and will eat the whole thing.

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