I don’t tell many people about this, but I have Almostitis.
Almostitis is the condition where you want one thing, but you buy something almost like it to save on money, calories and fat content.
Almostitis is not a matter of simply deciding to buy something you like that’s healthier than something else you like. It causes you to buy something you don’t like as much, when you have a craving for something else. Yet, in the moment of purchase, you delude yourself that “this” is going to be just as good, and maybe even better!
Then these cheaper, less-caloric and lower-fat selections sit in our cabinets, refrigerators and freezers until they evaporate or mold.
What does this have to do with surviving summer heat?
A big part of my Almostitis has been about not buying the ice cream I really want. There are pints of fruity sorbet frost-bitten in my freezer. Bars of ice milk cushioning my frozen dumplings.
These cold symptoms boiled to a head a few weeks ago when I wanted to make a root beer float. Instead of buying some vanilla ice cream, I brought home a container of vanilla frozen yogurt. The most unsatisfying result of so-called good intentions, and the pinnacle of wrong.
The only cure for Almostitis to go to the root of your desire and buy the seminal item. Delicious, refreshing and satisfying.
So, this is one way I’m beating the heat this week:
It’s been a long time since a pint of real, creamy ice cream was walked through my door.
What’s your favorite TJ way to survive the summer heat?