Ramadan and the Miracle of the Ice Cream Sandwich


For those of you who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is the holiest of months on the Muslim calendar. During this month, Muslims fast (abstain from all food and drink) from dawn to sunset every day for one lunar month. During this time, Muslims try to do more good deeds, worship with more zeal, and become better individuals in general. As part of this daily ritual, many Muslims awake a little before sunrise each day to eat, drink, and worship in preparation for the day. This early morning breakfast, for lack of a better designation, is the most difficult part of the month of Ramadan for me. I’m not hungry when I wake up that early, so it’s difficult to force myself to eat, and I usually fall back asleep afterward. I feel pretty crappy when I wake up after that, as you will know if you’ve ever eaten a meal and then taken a nap.
When I woke up two hours later, I was fully expecting to feel terrible, as I normally do. However, this morning was different. I felt fantastic. My stomach wasn’t upset, and I wasn’t as lethargic as I normally am. It was a great feeling!That was, until today. Since I’m traveling for work, my Ramadan began on the road. I awoke this morning at 4 am to feed myself and drink lots of water to get ready for a hungry and thirsty day of work and travel. I ate my breakfast, which in this case was left over pizza from the night before, and was about to go back to sleep. I suddenly remembered that I had purchased an Oreo ice cream sandwich the night before and left it in my freezer without eating it. The thought of the sandwich seemed great, so I got up, got my sandwich, and began eating. It was very delicious and refreshing, and I fell asleep immediately after eating it.

I have temporarily decided that the Oreo ice cream sandwich was the cause of this new found morning state. Like any good science experiment, though, the result needs to be repeated. I’m going to try this again several times over the next week or two and keep you posted about the miracle that is the Oreo ice cream sandwich šŸ™‚


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