The remaining items on the top 10 list of responses to that guilty pleasure question were about eating, for example, ordering delivery food, treating yourself to a snack like candy or a chocolate bar, eating fast food, or binge eating ice cream. I think many of us, myself included, sometimes feel guilty about eating food. And maybe that’s because the food that is usually the most unhealthy is also some of the tastiest. It’s sad, but true.
I have two guilty pleasures that I’m willing to share with you. At least when I thought about this question, these are some of the first two things that popped into my head. One of them, it just so happens, is related to food. So, this is perfect.
OK, so my first guilty pleasure is eating peanut butter. Peanuts are one of my all-time favorite foods. I love almost any kind of food that has peanuts in it as an ingredient. I especially love peanut butter, though. There are all kinds of peanut butter. But my favorite is the kind that is all natural made from 100% peanuts only, with no extra added ingredients like sugar or syrup, or anything like that. Thankfully, for me, this is almost impossible to find in Korea where I live. And I say thankfully, because if it were easy to find here, I’d probably eat way too much of it. You see, peanut butter is supposed to be eaten in small quantities. Maybe you spread a little bit on a piece of toast or add a little bit to a smoothie or a shake, something like that. But my guilty pleasure is just to grab a spoon and to eat it right from the jar. The problem with doing this is that peanuts are very calorie dense, they’re high in calories and snacking on peanut butter is a great way to gain weight. So, even though I’m totally aware of how unhealthy it is to snack on peanut butter, sometimes I just can’t help myself. And I love to chow down on it. And for this reason, I can say that peanut butter is one of my guilty pleasures. I enjoy it, but it makes me feel bad at the same time.
My second guilty pleasure is slightly more embarrassing, and it is listening to Taylor Swift. You know the American pop singer, Taylor Swift, right? I like Taylor Swift. I’m a fan. But I guess you could say I’m not one of her usual fans. According to a website called Audisense, most of T Swift’s fans. Oh, by the way, that’s her nickname, Taylor Swift’s nickname T Swift. So, most of T Swift’s fans are young women. Over 55% of her listeners are women and 70% of her listeners are younger than 24 years old. So, as a 38-year-old guy, I’m not her typical fan, right? But regardless of that, I think her music is really catchy. And I have many of her songs on the playlist that I listen to when I go running. And I’ll admit that sometimes her lyrics can be kind of cheesy, but I think she and her songwriting team do a really nice job at writing some fantastic pop songs. And for that reason, I consider myself a fan. In fact, she recently released a new record called Midnights, and I’ve already listened to it several times, and I think there are some pretty good songs on the album. The reason that being a Taylor Swift fan is a guilty pleasure for me, is because some of my music nerd friends like to joke around and poke fun at me for liking her. But like I said, even though T Swift may not be the hippest singer, with the best lyrics, her songs just do it for me, even if I have to listen to her somewhat secretly.
So, those are my two guilty pleasures. But what about you? Do you have a guilty pleasure that you enjoy partaking in, but at the same time, makes you feel a little embarrassed or ashamed? Maybe you like reading sappy romance novels or spending too much time snooping on social media. Or maybe you like ordering expensive delivery food instead of cooking at home. Or maybe you just prefer to lie around all day on your day off instead of going outside to get some fresh air. Whatever your guilty pleasure may be, it’s probably OK to indulge in every once in a while. There’s a famous quote by an Irish writer named Oscar Wilde, and I think this quote is appropriate here. It is, we should enjoy “everything in moderation, including moderation itself.”