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What You Should Know About “Perfect” People


Thank you so much to everyone who entered our first giveaway with C is for Coconut. I love this blog and sharing my personal experiences with you all. It was so fun to read your comments. Several made me laugh and many made me think, “Oh yeah! I totally should have added that to my confessions.” We’re all in this together, right? Thank you so much for reading. Keep sharing your stories with me through comments, emails on our Facebook page. The winners are…

1st place (Yonanas Frozen dessert maker and cookbook): Tammy

2nd place (6 bars of Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate): Morgan

Winners have been notified by email. Thanks again to all who entered! Even though the contest is over, if you didn’t get a chance to enter your guilty confession, please still do so. We all want to hear about your splurges!


Each month, my husband and I take one of the kids and have a date with them. We alternate each month who takes each child. This month, my 8-year-old son and I got to have our date night. We’ve been reading the Harry Potter Books and recently finished book 5. We decided to watch the movie for our date night because I didn’t think my 5-year-old daughter was ready to see Voldermort possess Harry, or watch that super awkward Harry/Cho kissing scene. Sorry for the spoiler if you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t read/watched Harry Potter, but am I the only one who thinks that kiss was more awkward than a movie kiss should have been? Anyway… we decided to have a few treats with our movie. I’d originally planned to make my own treat plate with toasted coconut chips, 90% dark chocolate, sauteed apple slices and a can of La Croix. But as soon as my son opened that package of Red Vines, I was a gonnner. I ate red vines, gummy worms, M&Ms, popcorn and white chocolate chips. I did have the La Croix as well. Though I drank it through a Red Vine. As you see, I taught my son this trick as well.


I ate so much I was sick that night and never wanted to eat again. The next day, I wasn’t hungry until about 2 p.m. and even then, I barely wanted to eat. It was a rough night.

The point of my story; none of us are perfect. I read blogs and books written by health experts. I watch You Tube videos of personal trainers and Nutritional Therapists and automatically think they’re perfect and never slip up. Clearly they eat perfectly 100% of the time and work out to the point of exhaustion 12 times a week. Right? I personally find it very intimidating.

When my friend introduced me to this healthy lifestyle, she told me I’d probably eat right 80% of the time. 80%! That’s a low B! My college professor mom would not be impressed with an 80%! But my friend was right. Nobody is perfect all the time and I think it’s important to admit that. I never want anyone to look at me and think I live a life they can’t because they can’t be perfect. I’m not perfect. I’m a regular person with normal stresses and regular sugar cravings. Yes I’m stronger than I used to be and can resist temptations much more easily, but I’m nowhere near perfect. So if you’re not willing to make changes because you can’t reach perfection, know you don’t have to. No one expects you to. To convince you how “normal” I am, here are my unhealthy confessions. All of these instances have occurred in the last two years since I made my healthy changes.

  • I decided to take Easter off from healthy eating so I could eat Easter candy. I ate so many Cadbury eggs (large and small), I threw up that night.
  • My son and I fought over the fact that I don’t think he should get to kick his sister in the head. We yelled and he stormed up to his room and slammed his door. I went to the pantry and ate several handfuls of chocolate chips.
  • My grandma-in-law always sends a box of Sees chocolates to us for Christmas. I ate so many, I had to take the remaining chocolates from the top layer and shove them in the bottom layer to make everyone think there was only one layer, and I hadn’t had one chocolate. Sadly, I forgot about the multiple brown paper candy cups in the garbage. I’d be a terrible criminal.
  • Every year, we take a trip to Breckenridge, CO. They have the most amazing cookie shop there. They had a buy 6 get two free deal, which my husband suggested we take advantage of. I chose two massive sandwich cookies and ate both of them that day. And I’d do it again.
  • The preschool my kids went to had a cookie swap for a Christmas party every year. We had to bring in a plate of 24 cookies and were expected to leave with a plate full of the cookies others brought. Last Christmas, I chose cookies based on what my family would like and planned to avoid the cookies all together. I went home with 8 cookies. My family members each ate one, I ate five. It’s probably a good thing my youngest just finished her last year of preschool.
  • Halloween… need I say more?
  • The night before I started the Whole 30 I made salted-caramel no-bake cookies (the were Paleo), as kind of a last meal. I ate more than my share. I lost count at 7.

Hopefully these confessions don’t make you stop reading my blog all together. These instances are the exception and not the rule but as you can see, even though I’ve committed to a healthy lifestyle, I’m still human. I still mess up and have food regrets (emotionally and physically). I still have a hard time resisting and emotionally eat sometimes.

So I want to know: What is your best unhealthy confession? Tell your story in the comments below. I’ll pick two winners at random from the comments. First place will win a Yonanas Healthy Frozen Dessert Maker plus the Yonanas cookbook. Yonanas takes frozen fruit and turns it into soft serve ice cream. This will help you keep your splurges on the healthy side.

Yonanas and book

Second place will win six Lilly’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate. Next time you have a fight with your son and need chocolate, reach for this.

Lily's chocolate

The contest ends Saturday August 13 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced Monday morning. (UPDATE! Contest has ended)

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25 Responses to What You Should Know About “Perfect” People

  1. Brittany August 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Okay, first off…I love your blog! Your practical approach to health coupled with your down to earth dialogue put your blog at the top of my go-to reading list!
    Second…I might have eaten an entire box of old fashioned glazed donuts myself. Over two days. In the dark. After kids are asleep. The first step to recovery is admitting you need help…right? Good grief, I hope I win! I could use all the help I can get! Ha!

  2. MA August 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Nutella. With a spoon. Straight out of the jar. With my head in the pantry. While every one is at school.

    • Barbara Jenkins August 14, 2016 at 7:15 am #

      Ha ha ha! That was always a favorite of mine. I no longer have at kids at school, and my kids are all married and gone from home. I now do not have nutella in my cupboard anymore or I could easily go through a Costco size jar in about three days

  3. Tia August 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Ummm, I may have gotten my dad a large container of Whoppers–the one that looks like an orange juice carton–for his birthday when I was 13, and ate them all about a week later while he was at work. The empty container stayed on his dresser for a few months before he realized there was nothing in it. Not my proudest moment.

  4. Linda G Paulsen August 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    I have an obsession with ice-cream. I finally perfected a recipe for a chocolate ice-cream cake roll, that is to die for. I made one, expecting to impress my husband when he came home from work. However, I decided to taste it. Within minutes I had eaten more than half. Well, that would appear so awful to the man who thinks I’m the epitome of disciplined eating, that I decided to just finish it off. He would never know. So I did. Then, I remembered I had promised him this incredible treat before he left that morning. Oops! So I made another one. And, then, reasoning that he would hardly expect me to not even taste it, all day…I ate about a third of the new roll. Oink! And I still had a slice when it was served that evening.

  5. Lori August 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    I got this, I got this. (My sister is gonna be so mad!) I was on the Ideal Protein bandwagon with a few of my siblings, and one of those siblings (We’ll call her “Jana” for privacy purposes) happened to live with me at the time. We were so mad at the diet, and so hungry, (so very hungry) that we ate these super gross mushroom-swiss burgers from McDonalds. Then, we instantly felt terrible remorse and made ourselves throw up. We made a puke pact. We vowed never to tell anyone that, after our shameful binge, we gagged ourselves and threw those burgers right up. That’s right, my friends. A puke-pact.

  6. Alexandria August 10, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    Always keepin’ it real; love it!!

  7. Cynthia Gregoire August 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    I am new to this blog, but so far I am loving it!

  8. Susan August 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    I have squirt Hershey’s syrup directly from the bottle into my mouth.

  9. Tammy August 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ve done all of these things…????

  10. Linda August 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I have always had a sweet tooth. Now that its just me at home if I bake something who else is going to eat it. Idea…make a half batch, which I did of peanut butter chocolate topped rice krispie treats. Well it turns out half a batch is still a 9X9 pan and what single person can eat that much? Over 2 days anyone can and especially when you are so sick of yourself taking little nibbles every 5 minutes that you just finish it off for breakfast! Of course I felt a little better cause I knew I was going to do an hour of kickboxing but seriously I just shoved it it my mouth for breakfast!! while I thought Rice Krispies are a cereal…

  11. Maria August 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    A spoonful of peanut butter dipped into my dark chocolate chip jar

  12. Janessa August 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    I’m definitely an emotional junk food binge eater. My last indiscretion was eating Rainbow Chip frosting with a spoon during naptime.

  13. Lia August 13, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    On Mother’s Day I ate French toasts (made from the bread they sell at kneaders) for every meal that day. And bacon and syrup. I was sick the next day, but so worth it, French toast is my fav!!

  14. Elizabeth August 13, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    My mother in law has a yonanas machine and it makes awesome ice cream. A great healthy option for a fairy free family.

  15. Susan August 13, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    I have been told that I once fed my daughter frosting for breakfast. I don’t actually remember doing that, but a very smart person tells me I did.

    After watching your AMAZING video, I ordered the Yonanas machine and cookbook. So demand a commission, and don’t make me the winner of that prize!

  16. Becki Riquelme August 13, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    I love that you haven’t changed since college–just improved! Thanks for your inspiring example and for keeping it real!

  17. Tiffany August 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Oh my heck Ami!!!!!! There is no way we are old enough to be raising kids!!! Right??? On my oldest sons first day of first grade he got to ride in a fire truck to school. Pretty neat, right? Well turns out we were so excited I forgot to feed him breakfast. On his first day!!!!!!! Felt like a winner there!!!

  18. Morgan August 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Love reading your posts and recipes Ami!
    I only buy one box of Girl Scout cookies at a time…and I’ve eaten the entire box in one sitting on more than one occasion.

  19. Erin August 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    i need one of theses!!!

  20. Stacy August 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    I don’t buy chips that often because I can’t stop eating them. Doritos in particular. So addicting and they of course make me so sick. That never stops me though!

  21. Sarah August 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    I love ice cream and I have myself convinced that as long as a put a banana in it with chocolate syrup it is somehow healthy. I know better but somehow it makes me feel better in the moment to have my giant bowl of ice cream with a banana

  22. Ann Copelan August 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    My biggest problem(s) is/are the comfort foods i.e. noodles, breads, and cheese products. I am not so much tempted by sweets except maybe a good cake donut with maple glaze or pancakes w/ lots of butter and “heavenly syrup”. These things, along with any type of chips, I must keep out of my house.

  23. Ann Copelan August 13, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    did I forget to mention mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken and homemade noodles, bisquits and sausage gravy? Oh, and I had to give up full sugar soda over a year ago(again) because it was literally killing me

    • Barbara Jenkins August 14, 2016 at 7:09 am #

      Ann, I remember well you made a chicken dumpling dish for my family after I had been in the hospital. I was so sick I could not eat anything. A week later when a was feeling better you brought it again for me and I ate almost all of it myself!

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