Guilty Pleasure?

The phrase “guilty pleasure” didn’t exist in my dictionary when I was little.

I didn’t feel guilty about eating fried stuff, chocolates and cheese cakes until I was about to explode. I didn’t feel guilty about sleeping until the mid day on Sundays.

Thanks to my parents. They are not very hard on me. And thanks to their genes, I’m not big sized despite being a massive eater.

But man, can you feel the social and peer pressure? It’s like one day I opened my eyes and suddenly came to a realization that everyone had stopped having sugar a long time ago. Almost all my girl friends are sticky thin and would only have half bowl of soup for lunch. Most of the new “health & fitness” blogs are named skinny this, skinny that…

So lots of things became “guilty pleasure.” Cookies with hot chocolate, ice cream cones, red wine, evening bananas. A friend of mine once told me that “Don’t eat bananas, they are full of sugar which makes you fat.” Thanks god I found this picture telling you all about the benefits of bananas...

After having typed “guilty pleasure” a few times, I now start to wonder: Is it still pleasure if you feel guilty of having or doing something? I feel that the word “guilty” destroys everything. If I feel guilty, I won’t feel the pleasure part any more.

My view is this: If something makes you feel good, then it’s good for you. So is time. Yes time is precious. But have a nap if you are exhausted. Winston Churchill used to nap and often slept until mid day. Remember, “Time you enjoy wasted is not wasted.”

By all means, I’m not an advocate for overeating. Overeating makes you feel lethargic and heavy, hence not good for you.

But if some skinny girl tells me “My guilty pleasure is to have 1 cookie with hot chocolate (once a month).” I’d say “Honey, enjoy your cookie and hot chocolate, forget about the guilty part.”

Talking about eating, you know what I feel like now? This pavlova made by J’s sister Ewa – 3 full servings please.

pavlova guilty pleasure

Now back to you, what’s your take on “guilty pleasure”. What food makes you happy?




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