Sensible Vices

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What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn't really how we look at it, but it's kind of fun (and relatively harmless) to linger for a moment in imagined decadence.

In reality, our vices are simply healthy pleasures, satisfying and rather sensible indulgences. More Tom Hanks than Steve McQueen. More Jane Austen than Candace Bushnell. (Whatever floats your boat — you get our meaning.) The point is, these are vices that come without the guilt. What a deal! 100% satisfaction with no self-imposed penitence. Sign us up!

Fat, Fat, and More Fat

Doesn't it feel good just to say it?? u201CWhat are you going to crave when the carbs are all gone?u201D people ask. u201CWhat is there to enjoy in life anymore?u201D Simple answer in our minds. Butter. Bacon — those chewy, salty strips of heaven! Oils of all flavors from the tangy to the spicy and savory. Sweet cream, rich nut butters… Well, you get the idea.

Don't you love the look on peoples' faces when you say that? Without the carbs throwing your body into havoc, you can indulge in whatever variety fat you like (minus the trans and interesterified, of course). Just make sure they're stored and u201Cpreparedu201D properly. No heating the polyunsaturated fats, please!

Mid-Day Nap

Anyone recall nap mats from preschool/kindergarten? About 1:00 or so, the teacher would put on some soft, relaxing music, dim the lights, and instruct all the children to lay quietly. Those were the days!

Now we find ourselves in the office or plant, on the road, or at home juggling kids or work throughout the afternoon. Isn't it time somebody called a siesta?! Research has found that naps enhance memory and reduce the chance of coronary-related death. Even the anticipation of an afternoon snooze is enough to lower blood pressure in study subjects.

Those of us who work at home might have a little easier time u201Corganizing our dayu201D to catch a few zzzs now and then, but those of us whose professions bring us to the office, factory, work site or u201Ctraveling officeu201D might have a harder time of it. Hmmm. Wouldn't it be great to start a petition around the workplace?

Tequila

So, the petition got canned (or maybe you did after sending it around). Did you know tequila, as well as a number of other spirits, have zero carbs? Whoa! Yesiree, Bob! Just because you're going primal doesn't mean you have to live in the stone age when it comes to the after-work cocktail. Once again, indulgence in real quality pays. When it comes to tequila, go for 100% Agave.

We think tequila is best enjoyed straight up with some fresh lime, but check out this article for some zero and low carb mixed drink options for tequila and other spirits. And, we would be sorely negligent if we didn't advise moderation for nutritional sake among u201Cotheru201D reasons. Ever heard (or perhaps had the misfortune of experiencing) u201COne tequila, two tequila, three tequila, Floor!u201D?

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