Do you have any guilty pleasures? Those things you feel you probably shouldn’t enjoy quite as much as you do, either because they’re not necessarily the healthiest choice or financially wise?
I have lots of guilty pleasures–some food related, some not. Here’s a sampling:
– Sugar free Jello Pudding (Yogurt is healthier, but face it: it’s not Jello pudding)
– Sugar-free Fudgesicles (These frosty treasures helped get me through my first summer of eating less and the subsequent Little Debbie withdrawal pangs.)
– Blue Diamond Pecan Nut Thins (These are a new pleasure and are a tasty-but-not-nutrition-wrecking stand-in for my once-beloved Ritz Crackers. These are made with rice flour and are gluten free. I wish they were calorie free and grew on a tree in my backyard.)
– Daydreaming/Taking time out of a busy day to just sit and let my thoughts wander where they will. (Some time spent in this pursuit is quite healthy. It’s possible that, on occasion, I mightmaybecouldbe spending too much dreaming.)
– Spending several hours in a bookstore, preferably one with a café.
– Having a pastry or cookie from aforementioned bookstore café.
– Having a manicure/pedicure. (If it’s followed by a trip to the bookstore, that’s even more pleasurable.)
– Reading blogs instead of doing things on my to-do list.
Before I began adopting healthier eating habits and focusing on living life more richly, I don’t think I ever considered this notion of guilty pleasures. I simply did what I wanted, when and where I wanted. While that may lead to a satisfied life, there’s not a lot of joy in it.
Now that I’m more aware of my actions, I do recognize these guilty pleasures when they occur and take a moment to experience the joy in them and to be grateful. And sometimes, to caution myself against getting too accustomed to doing them! Life needs variety and a little bit of spice to keep it interesting, but too much of a good thing…well, it’s just not healthy.
If you’re wondering why I’m on this topic, I’m sorry to report that I have no answer. It’s just what’s on my mind, for some reason.
And I really am curious as to your guilty pleasures. Are they recently uncovered pleasures, or things you have long enjoyed? C’mon, dish!