Most of the time, I am health conscious in my food choices. Most of the time, I try to exercise and practice yoga. Most of the time this works out pretty well for me. Most of the time.

But then, there’s that box of Milk Duds. Those imperfect chocolate-covered caramels that make such a satisfying wad of chewy sweetness call my name as I pass the candy aisle at CVS. I reach for the box wishing they still had the small-size box instead of the movie-size box. I know it will be hard to stop once I start.

I righteously refrain from opening the box when I get in the car. I take a drink of water instead. I tell myself I can wait until I get home after a few more errands. Deciding to ditch the errands, I just go home.

Maybe I’ll just have a few while I gather the laundry. I pop a few and get a load going. Back upstairs. Okay, just a few more while I sort the mail. “Oh, this is a good batch. So soft and mudluscious (thank you e.e. cummings) in my mouth.” I sit down to knit a few rows on a baby blanket while the wash is going. I knit and pop a few more Milk Duds. If I mindfully enjoy this chewy pleasure on Saturday afternoon, will it be more healthy?


6 thoughts on “March 10, 2018

  1. I hear your voice in this piece. And I kinda went “Ew…” at Milk Duds, but I feel exactly the same about the frozen mini eclairs I bought a box of at Grocery Outlet this afternoon. I did make it until after dinner to munch, official dessert time. But after I blogged, I needed another small plate of them to read other blogs. Yum, yum. Yes I will do yoga. I am seriously wondering if mindfulness changes the health impact. Maybe someone should do a study…. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, why did you post this??? Now, I want Milk Duds, too! I know exactly the feeling you are describing and I am 100% with you πŸ™‚ You have nailed the powerful but short post. I want to learn how to do that. Your voice comes through and you have a whole story, but it is succinct. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The way you illuminated the flavor and feel for the taste was dangerously real for me. I felt like I was eating it myself. Maybe I should write a post about McDonald’s cheeseburgers and see if rereading it satisfies my craving.

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