Guilty pleasures of a wellness blogger!

Sinful food choices of a wellness blogger!

I believe in the maxim, “Eat to live, not live to eat,” but there are certain foods that make me forget these precious words!

For there are times when I wish to pamper my taste buds, indulge my desires and have a good time with nary a concern about my health. Of course, it’s not always that I indulge in my guilty pleasures for the simple reason that doing so makes me feel guilty as hell!

So, on the rare occasions that I do let myself go, I feel fantastic…FANTASTIC!!! For me, food is one of my favourite therapies, apart from art, writing, music and friends, that cheers me up in no time. It’s a part of my self-care routine.

I am conscious of what I eat all the time, but there are also times when I don’t want to be conscious of what I eat! And, it is at such times that these guilty pleasures come in handy.

I do not feel guilty AT ALL confessing about my weaknesses. I am, after all, a human, and we all have some weaknesses, some not-so-good habits, don’t we?

So, here goes…

My guilty pleasures, in no particular order:

1 Paani puri…with the ragda (chickpeas) and not the boondi. I like my paani puri hot and spicy and request my paani puri wala to not add any tamarind chutney. Tamarind hurts the palate of my mouth and troubles my sensitive teeth. I can eat paani puri everyday. EVERY DAY.

2 Kaaju katli …An Indian sweet made of cashews and sugar. I just LOVE this one so much, I eat these in twos and threes. I can eat 300 grams of these sweets at one go πŸ˜‰

3 Pizza, as in extra cheese, crispy crust pizza with loads of mushrooms, capsicum, corn, oregano, and some more cheese. I wish I could have this for my evening snacks. I am a die-hard cheese lover, like Monica Bing, who fantasised living in a house made of cheese. (Remember that episode?)

4 Chocolates are a favourite in any colour and flavour. Dark, brown and white, every chocolate finds its way into my mouth. Once, a dear friend gifted me chilli-chocolates. Those were ‘hot’, but yummy, too, and I devoured them like crazy despite the fire in my mouth.

5 Cakes, pastries, macaroons…good heavens, I am drooling even as I type these words! Imagine how bland this world would have been without any of these goodies!

6 Vodka..yup, the only hard drink I have, occasionally. To make it sort of healthier (and to feel less guilty) I add concentrated kokum sherbet instead of a soft drink. I totally dislike soft drinks. They make me belch and I hate it. Kokum sherbet adds to vodka a sweetness that makes my drink perfect.

7 Butter…I can have spoonfuls of butter, just like that. Usually, it’s during my PMS that I crave butter. So, when I am applying some to a toast, I stuff a spoonful in my mouth, too! The same goes for ghee too. Ghee is, of course, a healthier option, but butter is…well, butter – so unhealthy, yet, so comforting!

That’s all….these are just some of my guilty pleasures that come to my rescue when I need help and no one’s around! And, thanks to my very high metabolic rate, I don’t need to worry about any calories. In fact, for me, a kilo gained is a reason to celebrate! Uh, please don’t feel jealous…I have had my share of body-shaming for years. But, now, I don’t bother about people’s taunts and barbs. I am thin, and I can’t do much about it.

Oh, and just so you know, I am not very good at sharing any of these, so, if we meet in the real world and are having any of the above food items, please DO NOT ask me to share even a bite. I might offer it to you for the sake of good manners, but in my heart, I would be praying you don’t accept whatever I offer. 😎

So, what about you? What are some of your guilty pleasures? Do share with me! If and when we do meet in the real world, we will definitely indulge in them to celebrate our meeting. And, remember, no sharing, okay? πŸ˜‰





Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

30 thoughts on “Guilty pleasures of a wellness blogger!

  1. haha.. for 1 and 2 we are matching. Post that, we are almost there yet different as I love Indian sweets, mithai rather than chocolate, pastries, etc. Maybe, its the richness of ghee and the taste. Unlike you, even the sight of these mithais are enough to pile on the kilos. How I wish I could gorge without a thought in the world.

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    1. Lata, I love Indian mithai too! Barfi, ras gulla, kaju katli, are all my weaknesses, so much so, that if someone would offer these to me, I wouldn’t think if it’s a stranger! My focus would be on the sweets! Just kidding! πŸ˜›

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  2. It’s all about balance in my opinion! I’m now craving paani puri which I do love. My other guilty pleasure is cheese – cannot live without it! And I do like my alcohol – beer and wine in particular. Not a fan of Indian sweets and while I do like chocolate, I could give it up over cheese or alcohol I reckon

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    1. Oh, me too, Sanch! I can munch on cheese more than I can munch on chocolates. I love sweets, but cheese will always have a special place in my heart. Each time I eat cheese, I thank the people who came up with the process of making cheese!


  3. Oh my, Shil! As I read this drool-worthy post, I re-read if you were actually talking about giving them up! LOL Well, except for the Pani Puri, Pizzas & Ragda-Patties, all of them are my favorite. Though I’m not that a fan of Vodka but Wine does cheer me up when it’s strictly a date for me & Gururaj. And that happens like, twice or thrice a year. πŸ™‚ But more than the alcohol, it’s the atmosphere that I’ll be most cautious about.

    You know what, reading this post has been my self-control exercise. I actually had to tap thrice on my forehead to tell myself not to fantasize about having any of these today. Kaju Katli, oh my God. You’re not even getting me there, please. I just gave up sugar & my brain is at constant work to churn out ‘sugar-free’ equivalents of some of favorite desserts/foods. You might have seen, the posts that I’ve been publishing on my blog have lately been recipes in a row. That says how much I’ve been into food R&D. Hahaha

    But yes, nobody can admit that they don’t have any guilty pleasures. You just took me on a guilty trip right now. πŸ˜€ And it’s wrong to not indulge in them at all. Abstinence, in fact, is the worst way you could be penalizing your health or metabolism for that matter. Dedicating a day in say, a week or a fortnight is absolutely fine if we’re disciplined enough to workout regularly & have a dedicated cheat ‘meal’. And I’d like to put it like my husband’s rhetoric, “What’s the point in living without the food you love even occasionally?”

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    1. You said it, Ash!
      Abstinence is the worst way to penalize your health. And, that’s the reason I never control my urges. I know how much I eat so I never go overboard with my guilty pleasures because for me, my health comes first. Yes, I love kaju katli and eat it like crazy, but I workout well everyday and know when to stop.
      If I didn’t indulge in my guilty pleasures, I would be so miserable! πŸ™‚



  4. I’ve weirdly lost my taste for a lot of junk food, but chocolate chip cookies are something I could eat a lot of.

    Every once in a great while, I make a batch of them and eat as many as I please. πŸ™‚

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  5. You gonna make me cry… Ufff I want pani puri now. I miss it so sooo badly. It’s one of my favorite food items. This post is going to make everyone test their self control πŸ˜… I am going to grab a bite of chocolate now.

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      1. The ones I get aren’t like the roadside ones. They are too posh πŸ˜… I tried to make pani puri at home by gutting out samosa ka aalu and putting that in my puri. πŸ˜…

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      2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That’s a good idea!
        And , here’s what came to my mind as I read the beginning of your comment.
        If you want to eat the roadside kinda paani puri, make it at home without filtered water or following any hygiene🀣🀣🀣 You will get the perfect taste!
        And I know you will get this joke coz you have a terrific sense of humour! 😘😘

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  6. I used to love pani puris and have not eaten pani puri in the last 9 years. Can you believe it? I think I had forgotten about it until I read this post. My guilty pleasure in food is pyaaz ka parantha with kadak adrak ki chai. The day I have it for breakfast, it becomes a good enough day or if I am going through low mood then it is my go-to food. The other food is white sauce pasta. I seldom make it because of its high calories, D doesn’t like it and I cannot make it nicely but I love it whenever I get to eat it.
    Hum dono pizza par milenge πŸ˜€

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    1. Arrey, hum dono Pasta in white sauce par bhi milengey!! I LOVE IT! In fact, I made it day before yesterday for dinner as my nephew was here, and thoda sa bacha hua hai abhi bhi! And, although my nephew told me he wants it, I am in two minds–should I eat it quietly, or should I share it with him! πŸ˜› I am such an evil aunt, na? πŸ˜€

      And, the next time you come here, we are not only having pizza and pasta in white sauce, but paani puri as well….see, all in Ps! I know it sounds childish, but when I talk about my fav food with my friends, who share my likes and dislikes, I feel a childlike glee! πŸ˜›


  7. I sorely miss Paani Puri, especially the roadside ones. I am sipping a Vodka right now! Whiskey is one guilty pleasure so is dark chocolate which I normally indulge, pretty much like the favorite gulab jamun! From time to time, those creamy pastries, I am off sweet meat for a month but cheated from time to time,

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  8. Fun post. I think balancing diet is important and we need to give in to our cravings on some days. I usually follow 80-20 rule on that.
    I love jalebi, cheesy pizza or omelette, red velvet cake, muffins, and ice creams. πŸ™‚ As you can see, I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a full set.

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  9. My son loves kaju katli. the only Indian sweets he likes are gulab jamun and kaju katli. I love them too. My guilty pleasure food items are mostly non-veg and there is no guilt only pleasure. πŸ™‚ I don’t have sweets much. I don’t hate sweets, but I can live without them, unlike my husband. I love love soan papdi by the way. Haven’t had it in the last couple of years though. Honestly, I don’t understand the need for guilt here, Shilpa. When I get my hands on any of this food I eat them, not a lot, but as much I want. Sometimes I get a craving to eat a particular dish, and almost always it is fish curry. πŸ™‚
    Now I am craving again. Look what you did, Shilpa! πŸ˜€

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    1. I agree with you, Vini. There must be no guilt, only pleasure when we indulge in our fav foods! Especially if we are conscious of our limits.
      Now, go and have some of your fav fish curry πŸ˜›


  10. # 1 2 3 and 5 are my guilty pleasures too though I no longer think of them as guilty pleasures. I think we go overboard with the healthy eating. Whoever said “Eat, drink and be merry” was a very wise person.

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