What is alluring me?
Pasta Red Wine and Chocolate!
When it comes to food, there are certain guilty pleasures I will not give up on. Being half Italian there is a special place in my heart (and kitchen) for pasta and red wine, and as a woman there is an even more special place for chocolate. Yes, I am a strong advocate for healthy living but I also understand that life is short and it is important to embrace moderation in all things. Food should be savored and enjoyed. Am I going to eat a pound of pasta? Of course not, but a small portion for dinner or as a side once in a while- oh yes I will! Pasta has been a staple in my family, especially on Sundays. Reminiscing over a delicious dish of pasta with red sauce or olive oil and garlic is more than about enjoying a meal but appreciating tradition.
After a long day when I have worked hard either at my job or at the gym, occasionally it is nice to sit back and unwind with a glass (or two) of red wine. Sure it’s not exactly a low cal “Skinny Girl” brand but it’s relaxing, good for my heart, and it allows me to celebrate being me instead of waiting for an “occasion”to appreciate life. Living life to the fullest is realizing anytime can be an “occasion” for celebration.
Finally CHOCOLATE! Oh sweet delicious chocolate. I treat myself nearly every night to a small piece of chocolate and just savor it completely. Usually after dinner a piece of dark chocolate, no regrets, no second or guilty thoughts, I just enjoy it!
That is the key to embracing your guilty pleasures or cheat meals. Do not FEEL guilty- ignore the “guilty” part and focus on the “pleasure” part! Don’t overdo it, just enjoy and I repeat MODERATION! I am not saying, HEY, sometimes I eat a bowl of pasta washed down by a bottle of red wine and enjoy a piece of double chocolate cake for desert but small amounts of these things on occasion is healthy! Some say that ones “comfort foods” can even reduce depression when enjoyed sparingly.
We are usually most critical of ourselves, creating our own unease. Giving in to a tasty desire, having that special pasta dish, expensive glass of wine, or that dark chocolate you have hidden away, is allowing yourself to celebrate YOU and recognize that you deserve positivity and joy each day.
Where is the CURE?
Honoring and celebrating YOU is one of the best ways to a healthy mind!
Treating yourself to what you love is a great way to do that.
That is the balance of the allure and the cure.