I got to thinking this morning while writing this months column for the paper about fitness and health, what are my vices? What are my go to things for comfort when I feel bad and need something? Well I came down to three main groups, caffeine, wine and chocolate.
I am a tea drinker, my mum is a tea drinker, tea is a family institution and can make everything better. I make tea in the mornings, before bed, if there has been an upset and whenever I sit down for a good chat. Tea is a British institution which tends to go with cake which leads quite conveniently onto my next vice, chocolate. I can think of nothing better than a good catch up over tea and cake with friends. I think it’s the Alice in Wonderland lover in me and being honest at times the conversation makes just as much sense as the Mad Hatter did!
I am a particular fan of Chocolate, aren’t most of us. I often crave things like Ferrero Rocher, the trouble I have though is not eating a whole box at once (whoever has that kind of willpower is my hero!) I have to be very careful to not have them in the house too often as I can’t leave them! I have also become a huge fan of dark chocolate of late. I think sadly this comes with getting old, like wine I used to find it too rich and too complex a flavour. Now I would happily melt it and drink it as my main source of nutrition. I am a particular fan of Aldi chocolate, not only is it reasonably priced but the dark choc with nuts is so packed full again I get carried away and munch the whole bar.
Now moving onto wine, well alcohol really. I have had many discussions with some of my friends lately about our concerns of how often we get to the end of the day and find ourselves fancying a glass of something. I imagine that for most parents the end of a stressful day can breed this kind of habit. My issue is my favourite is Prosecco and let’s be honest it’s not the kind of drink that you can leave in the fridge for the next night is it?!
Consequently I try to keep my prosecco for times when I am drinking with another so we can share and I don’t feel the need to drink the whole bottle. I am very into adding rose and elderflower cordial to my fizz these days but again this is probably a bad idea as it just tastes like some exotic kind of juice! I found this out to my embarrassment a couple of weeks ago when a friend and I got through four bottles of prosecco over one evening and I devoured a very large piece of chocolate cake using only my hands. Hey we all have our vices!
Any way, back to my cuppa, it’s getting cold!
Never forget a little bit of what you fancy does you no harm, four bottle though can be seen as excessive! xx