We all have our guilty pleasures, right?
Whether it’s that tub of Ben & Jerry’s in the back of the freezer, singing in the shower to Bieber, or (still) crushing on Duncan from Blue (ahem…) we have our little secret loves.
No shame in it. I’m all for doing what makes you feel good, and sometimes it’s those things that you know are a little wrong that feel so particularly right.
I’m all for advocating what I believe is a healthy lifestyle: real food, daily activity, healthy fats, organic produce, toxin-free makeup… you know my deal.
I think it’s time I confess some of my less-than-healthy occasional habits. I hope you understand.
Please don’t judge me! (Or if you do, please don’t tell me.)
The Guilty Pleasures of a Healthy Living Blogger
So Holland & Barrett do these protein bars that aren’t exactly the most wholesome fuel on the planet – but I bloody love them. Invert syrup? Not sure I want that in me on a regular basis. What’s worse, is I have been known to grab one on the way to the pub. Powerbar + cheesy chips + beer = dinner. No.
The office I was recently working in brought out my teenhood craving for diet coke. Oh, aspartame how you get us hooked around your carcinogenic finger. Now I can handle up to 3 coffees in a day without it taking much toll on my body (that I’m aware of) but ONE can of diet coke will send me into an almost queasy jittery version of myself. Yet I would still pop one at 3pm. Nothing like that sound!
Spending the day in gym clothes
I actually think over the bank holiday weekend I spent 48 hours in my gym sweats. No showering in between, and yes I slept in them. I’m incredibly lazy for a productive person.
Protein powder for dinner
I’ve actually banned myself from all forms of protein powder for one week because of how much I realised I was consuming recently. It’s what happens when I’m short on time, I want something sweet and I have no form of real food protein in the kitchen. I’m all for using it as a supplement to a generally healthy, whole food diet and pre and post training, but relying on it for main meals isn’t a good habit of mine.
Egg whites in a carton
HEAR ME OUT. I know I’m all about #eattheyolk, and for all other egg formats I will use whole, free range eggs. But there is something about an omelette made fluffy with beating the living daylights out of 1 egg + 1 cup of egg whites that makes me go weak at the eggy knees. It makes me feel slightly better to know that Two Chicks use free range eggs and the yolks are put to good use (mayonnaise!?)
I use two mascaras: one is Benecos, which I love. A great company who use really sound ingredients and are incredibly priced for what you get. BUT… when I want my lashes to look flutter fantastic, I have to revert to my old ways. Clinique is my wand of choice.
Two Heinz products specifically: baked beans and ketchup. Sometimes a meal just needs a flavour that tomato pasata won’t give me. I’m all for making my own ‘healthy versions’ of these kind of commodities, but whatever the special ingredient is (love!?) in Heinz branded products is… I can’t help but keep them in my cupboard for emergency cravings.
I try to stay clear of soy bean-derived products* now that I have my suspicions about their effect on our hormone levels. But sometimes… a girl gets cravings. When I fancy a cappuccino and almond milk isn’t on the menu, I’d rather go for a soy milk than cow’s, due to 1) taste and 2) my dairy-despising skin.
I also have a penchant for Alpro’s soy desserts. Vanilla, if you must know. But I saw a gingerbread one the other day and nearly had a hernia.
*Does not include fermented soy (natto, miso, tempeh) – this isn’t meant to have such an effect on our hormones and if anything the fermented beneficial bacteria does the gut good. I eat this in one or more forms daily!
Baptiste dry shampoo
When you aim to wash your hair once a week max, there are some weeks when it’s tougher to make it to the end without losing friends/getting sectioned. I recently found myself at my parents house and reaching for the Baptiste before I dashed out. I Do kind of dread to think what it does to my locks long term, and my lungs for that matter, but I just love the smell and it just WORKS!
Go on. CONFESS!
Linking up with Thursday’s thinking out loud on Running with Spoons.
What are your guilty no-so-healthy pleasures?