9 Jun 2016


It's gettin' hotter everyday here in BC, Canada so I figured I would share some of my all time fave ice cream recipes that I have previously posted on this blog. I bought myself a box of bananas yesterday and put them ALL in the freezer so I now am very prepared for lots of bowls of nice cream in the next couple months.

In other news: I am doing really well. I cannot thank you all enough for your words of encouragement and support. I love you and what you give me. I am seeing a psychiatrist at the end of the month, and I think I am finally over the summit of the mountain that is my heartbreak. For those of you who don't know (although I feel like this is all I talk about these days): I have been dealing with undiagnosed mental illness for years but it's recently gotten so bad that I've decided to do something about it; and Jack broke up with me. Such a fun summer. But I've realized how amazing a support system I have around me, in my friends, mum and you! And I have been focusing on activities that make me feel better: exercise, spending time outdoors, meditating, dancing, meeting new people, cuddling my kitty, listening to music and podcasts. I am on anti-depressants and so far have felt no effects (besides being sleepy more than usual) but I am not supposed to feel any effects until I've been on them for a month or 6 weeks. Fingers crossed they do something for me but I'm not hung up on it. I want to share a book that has been making me feel loads better through this whole process. It's called My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel and I loooove it. Yes, the author is a cis, hetero, able-bodied white guy, and there are not enough gender-neutral or female pronouns, but I can deal with it. The content is super interesting and also for me - a huge relief to expose myself to. He goes into the history of anxiety (I'm a history student so I eat this stuff up), and looks at all kinds of different perspectives (psychoanalytic, biomedical, philosophical, etc.). He also gives an account of his own journey and history with anxiety, phobias and depression that makes me grateful my symptoms are relatively mild and not usually debilitating. Highly recommend you read it. Next on my list is The Imp of the Mind by Lee Baer, it's about OCD mostly. Do you have any book or film suggestions that have to do with mental illness? I'd love to hear them.

Anyways, without further ado, here's some ice cream for ya. Just click on the recipe names (directly above the photos) to get the recipe!

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superfitbabe said...

I'd love to try the blueberry nice cream and marzipan nice cream! Both look absolutely DIVINE.

Unknown said...

they all look scrumptious!
did you announce the winner of your giveaway yet? sorry, if i missed it!

Diana said...

Wow all of this looks so amazing. Your recipes have helped me spoil my family for years and your cookbook is one of my favorite hostess gifts.
I am so happy you are doing better, it takes so much courage to reach out like you did. Know that you touch the lives of many and what you do makes life more beautiful.

S. Mahowald said...

This post is ultra-awesome. Check out The Chemistry of Joy by Henry Emmons- I've met with him & he is amazing. xoxo to you Emily!

Henni said...

Great ice cream recipes, thanks! :) I suffer from PTSD and have been reading this amazing book called The Body keeps the Score: Mind, Body and Brain in transformation of trauma! It also speaks a lot about depression and history of it all, it is written by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. It has truly helped me understand why my body responds to things the way it does and how I can try and change things for the better, I recommended greatly! Have a great day lovely :)

Unknown said...

Check out When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh, and The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein. They aren't specifically about any mental health concerns but they've aided me a great deal along my path to finding more peace and dealing with my anxiety/depression. I've been able to stay off antidepressants and kick the sleeping pills.

Susan said...

Thanks so much for all the great recipes you publish and for your bravery in working through challenges in your life. You asked for book recommendations: I'm a big fan of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as being really helpful with anxiety and depression, and apparently with OCD as well. Here's an online overview:
An easy-to-read book is The Happiness Trap, by Russ Harris (the same person who wrote the article in the link). The developer of ACT is Steven Hayes; his book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life is more in-depth. It helped me so much through a rough patch and taught me things that I've used every day since.

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
Sorry for commenting so late on this post. I often read your blog (I am a lurker, sorry!) but haven't been back for a while. About books to read -- I have read Scott Stoessel's book and, like you, found it brilliant. I live with chronic anxiety and have done for most of my life (I am 45 now), although it has got significantly worse in the last ten years. Other books I can recommend are Matt Haig's 'Reasons to stay alive' (I seriously recommend you read this like NOW), and for a much longer, meatier but very, very good read, Andrew Solomon's 'The Noonday Demon'. These books changed my life -- not by making my anxiety and depression go away, but by seeing that I am not alone. I think that loneliness is the worst part of it all. You are not alone. x