A cute handbag? Yes, please!
A pair of super sexy shoes? Oh how my toes ache for you!
A hot fudge sundae? Holy drool! Where’s my spoon!?!?!
Like I said, splurges are wickedly awesome!!
However, not to rain on anybody’s parade here, the splurges must be within reason.
For instance, charging yourself into massive debt to acquire a fab wrap dress – well, that’s just not cool. Even if it’s a beyond fab Dianne Von Furstenberg piece of amazingness, you must pass it by. Sigh!
And gorging on pounds and pounds of food? Gluttony is so not pretty!
And on that topic . . . . .
Many a nutrition expert will give you the green light when it comes to working in a treat now and again (and who am I am to argue with that?!?!).
Treats are nice.
We all like treats.
But going whole hog and eating, well, an entire hog isn’t quite what they had in mind. And it may actually do more harm than just leaving you a bloated mess with an achy tummy and a guilty conscious. Of course, isn’t that terrible enough?
So just how bad are we talking?
Oh, the horror!!
Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston discovered that patients in the cardio ward who indulged in a large, heavy food fest QUADRULPED their risk of having a heart attack for about four hours after swallowing their last bite. Uh Oh!!!!!
Here’s the deal:
When you keep on shoveling in all the bad stuff your poor heart has to work overtime. I mean, as if your heart isn’t already putting in a full day of work already!
And when you eat a high fat meal your arteries won’t expand properly. And that restricts blood flow.
And if you eat a lot of food then your body has to work harder to digest it all. That includes your heart – it’s going to step up to the plate too, so to speak. Believe me, a stressed out heart is not something you want.
Then, too, your blood sugar and insulin will rise. As they go up, so does your blood pressure. And if you’re already at risk for a heart attack – watch out!! You’d better have the medics on speed dial.
Now, there’s no consensus oh what exactly is too much food – there’s no exact definition of what a big meal really is. But I know we’re all adults here and I think we can all judge what’s too much – you know it, you feel it.
Oy, do you ever feel it!!
And if you want to hear something else that’s likely to make you drop your fork and wipe the crumbs off your chin, there’s this:
When experts at the State University of New York gave a group of healthy, young adults a fast food breakfast comprised of an egg and ham sandwich, a sausage sandwich and two orders of hash browns, the participants arteries swelled. That’s bad enough! But what’s even worse is that their arteries remained that way for four hours. Ahhh!!!!!
So now by the time lunch came around their bodies still wouldn’t have been recovered from that last meal. If they were to eat a less than healthy meal again, well the damage would just be compounded. Ouch!
The message here is clear – indulge, but don’t get all crazy about it.
Have a slice of cake - but don't eat the entire cake.