How To Hygge Without Turning Into A Hippo

So, the next item on the Hygge Manifesto list is pleasure. It’s all about the coffee, chocolate, cookies, and candies. Indulging in them.

YUM! Now there’s something I can do for 30 plus days. Except….I really don’t want my girth to match that of a hippo (I’m close enough already but would prefer not to finish that project).

Last week had lots of Hygge moments especially when I focus on the food area.

Wednesday evening: 

A night out for my now newly married sister-in-law. A popular Japanese steak house. Not the place to worry about a waistline. (Oh, and I must brag a bit…I caught the shrimp in my mouth!)


Coffee with a friend. And yes, I did indulge in a pumpkin spice latte and maple pecan muffin. I might or might not even have treated myself to a couple of pieces of Godiva chocolates at Hallmark later in the afternoon.


High school stadium hamburgers certainly add to the football, “Friday night lights” atmosphere.


As if I’d say no to a wedding cupcake especially white cake with white frosting…my favorite if we’re talking cake. And jalapeno chips along with sandwiches on the food offerings, be still my heart (and my heartburn!).

We took my nephew home with us from the wedding and all needed an actual late dinner after our long day. A quick run to the store for a couple of extras and a treat of some fun size Halloween candy (for the teenagers…believe it or not, a few pieces still exist in our house).  


Just when we thought the food indulgences surely must end, a birthday celebration happened! Out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant followed by more cake and homemade ice-cream. 


How exactly do those Danish folks not weigh 500+ pounds from indulging all the time?  Besides the fact they mostly bike (and walk?) almost everywhere. Pretty sure it’s all about balance.

Enjoying the good food without worrying about the calories.  Is it me or is there nothing more annoying than someone lamenting about all the “evils” of good food when it’s not an everyday occasion? Please, don’t do that. Just enjoy it.

Pretty sure just enjoying it is a key element of hygge. It’s not as if every weekend is a special occasion football game, followed by a wedding, and then a birthday celebration.

Oh, and then, we all know we have to balance all the dining out and rich desserts with healthy foods.  Simple dinners prepared at home.  Our dinner tonight, maybe not the healthiest example but certainly simple and “on hand”

My goal for this month (and longer), enjoy the good foods but make sure I balance them with the “super” foods as well.

What’s your favorite indulgent food or drink?

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2 thoughts on “How To Hygge Without Turning Into A Hippo

  1. Billie Jo

    Oh, my friend!
    Yes…just yes!

    ” Is it me or is there nothing more annoying than someone lamenting about all the “evils” of good food when it’s not an everyday occasion? Please, don’t do that. Just enjoy it.”

    Thank you for this statement.
    I couldn’t agree more.
    I love a cozy treat. It adds to the feel of home and fall and happy life. : )
    My favorite? chocolate brownies warm from the oven. And of course a mug of Mocha Latte!

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, warm chocolate brownies and a mug of mocha latte sounds fantastic! It’s a cold, rainy day here..sure wish I had something like that right now 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

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