Friday, March 11, 2011

14 Things Not to Feel Guilty About

By Anna Roufos, writer for Glamour, Fitness, and Self
Article courtesy of Parenting magazine

Here are my personal favorites:

Leaving Your Child at Home
Don't feel bad about having a sitter come in for a few hours, even if it's only so you can buy lettuce in peace. It's better for everybody, really. "Many moms might not think to leave their child unless it's for an evening out. But having someone sit while you get things done on occasion is amazingly therapeutic," says Peggy Alvarado, a mom of two in Manalapan, New Jersey, and a parent coach who helps new moms and dads adjust to life with kids. 

Eating Fast Food
Hitting a fast-food joint needn't spell a diet disaster. All you have to do is choose that drive-through meal carefully. For instance, a Taco Bell bean burrito, a good source of calcium and fiber, has 370 calories and 10 grams of fat and will surely fill you up. A Wendy's Jr. hamburger? It has 270 calories and 9 grams of fat and is a source of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. For pizza fans, two slices of Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Veggie Lover's 14-inch pizza has 400 calories and 12 grams of fat and contains calcium and antioxidants.

Logging On
You have a million things to do and yet you're e-mailing a friend? Don't stress over the "wasted" time. If something has happened to upset you (and when was a day with a baby or toddler ever a picnic from start to finish?), sending an e-mail can be a health booster. The reason: Writing forces you to organize your thoughts and helps you understand what's really going on and how it makes you feel. So vent, explain, hit "send," and then get back to your to-do list.

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