The Airplane Peanuts

Hello, there. I ate the peanuts on the plane. I know, I know. I’ve read the articles, too, dear reader. You know the ones, where the author begins with Five Worst Snacks to Eat on the Plane or something to that effect, and proceeds to report that eating salty foods on planes will be our demise. I don’t know about you, but when I read these sorts of articles, I feel compelled to go on a plane with the writer. Why? Well, because I would like to know if they actually practice what they preach. You see, the overly-salted peanuts have always been a staple in my flight kit, no matter what it does to me. It doesn’t feel like an actual flight until I have my peanuts. I suppose it’s because I’ve grown up eating peanuts and sipping apple juice on planes (though I don’t like apple juice anymore). It’s a tradition, of sorts. Or, perhaps, it’s a bad habit.

Though I read about a dozen articles per year about what/what not to eat, do, read, drink, breathe, put on one’s face, etc., they are more for enjoyment than anything else. And, of course, to get excited about any future trips I might be taking. To be honest, if I have a tradition/ritual/habit that is deemed to be detrimental for my health or skin, I roll my eyes. And, dear reader, I urge you to do the same.

Why, you may ask? Well, simply because life is short. I am already risking my life by boarding an enormous machine that flies. So, I am going to enjoy my peanuts. See? I recently started an exercise regime. But, I do it every other day (instead of every day), and I do not follow the diet aspect at all. Fridays and Saturdays (and other days of the week sometimes, too) will always be ice cream evenings. I enjoy my 4 o’clock tea with some cookies. My brownies use a full stick of butter. I refuse to believe that I have to live miserably to be deemed healthy. Besides, shouldn’t “healthy” be defined by the individual? For me, healthy means a happy attitude and small indulgences. Perhaps I will not be as trim as the super health conscious, kale-for-breakfast, person. But to me, that’s ok.

Now, let me clarify something. If being extra health conscious makes you happy, then wonderful. Go for it. But, if you fall off the bandwagon, don’t beat yourself up about it. All I’m saying is, don’t let articles, research, scientists, and health/skin/fitness specialists dictate what you do. Make informed decisions, but make your own decisions.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some peanuts to munch on.


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