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 😉
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? 😉