Yes, you can loose weight eating ice cream, just like you can eat chicken wings and drink beer to stay fit. Last week to encourage my eleven year old daughter to stay fit, I put her on the” ice cream diet.” Cereal, fruit, vegtables, protein, rice, a bottle of water for the day, and two sessions for 30minutes on the treadmill, and an itouch filled with iCarly. My daughter had fun, ate ice cream, and got fit in 5 days while we were on vacation at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami. It’s not what you eat, it’s how much. If you exercise everyday, you have more energy to enjoy the amazing life you had. Get off that couch, go to the gym and get an ice cream!
Everyone always asks me how I stay in such good shape. I am going to be honest it is hereditary and muscle memory. I was a competitive swimmer for the Rockford Marlins growing up in Rockford, Illinois. My body and my brain are used to exercise every day. When you are raised in the Midwest, almost everyone eats cheese, meat, and potatoes. We used to have an entire cow from Eichman’s in our freezer. I am also blessed with amazing parents who took me to some of the best restaurants in the world. And, I also spent my twenties and thirties with my French ex husband who cooks better than most chefs, excluding Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, who ‘catered’ ( and I really can’t use the word cater and Ripert in the same sentence) my wedding.
I cannot imagine not enjoying good food. Eating well is part of living well. And, living well is the best revenge. Everyday to stay fit live a healthful life, I drink a bottle of water a day, I hop on the elipitical at the Equinox gym in Soho, run the streets for New York when I don’t have a lot of time, and I am fortunate enough to be able to ride horses on the weekends. I also take my daughters on bike rides/ runs at the beach when we can. And, yes I eat chicken wings, drink lots of Corona/ Budweiser beer, and eat Paul Newman’s microwave popcorn with red pepper until my mouth is on fire. I am so grateful for every moment, truly relish, and enjoy the luxuries of life. We only have one life, go for it. And if you don’t like someone or something, tell them to “have fun with ALL that.” Then, go for a quick run, shower, and have a chicken wing or two on me. (Atomic Wings and Ditch Plains in New York City are great)