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“Indulgence rare to pleasures lendeth zest…” Juvenal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Cupcakes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Yeah, I know... death by cupcakes 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... let them eat cupcakes...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... And Gelato too...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Cupcakes galore

Indulge (Verb): To give free rein to: to take unrestrained pleasure in: gratify: to yield to the desire of: humor: to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration: to indulge oneself. Allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of…

The very word – Indulge- brings up visions and memories of moments of guiltless pleasures; our rare yet zestful enjoyment of a forbidden pleasure or our enjoyment of a simple one we put off for a special day. Much of what we experience in life includes moments of celebration; an indulgence of our appetites. Restraint and enjoyment are equally important. For this challenge, I thought of many things that give me unrestrained pleasure; delicious food, spa visits, travel, music, dancing, great conversations and even a good joke. Yet, what kept coming back to me as fitting for this exercise, at least visually, was food. For the last several years, there has been a growing trend in creating/selling exquisite cupcakes, (check out From MIT To A Bakery: The Story Of The Sweet Lobby) and I wanted to feature a few… and  some other foods too.

Self-denial is indulgence of a propensity to forego…” Ambrose Bierce

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Veggies galore...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Fruits for you...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... A fruit tart for the road...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... veggie colors everywhere

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... More veggies for you...

National Nutrition Month
I ended up visiting my local Whole Foods Market and taking pictures of the impressive array of colorful foods there… The results are here for your indulgence… Then feel free to go take a bubble bath or a walk in the park. Since March is National Nutrition Month, it would make sense to add healthy foods to the mix and I captured my share of those at the market.

“Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age” Walter Savage Landor

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Chocolates too...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Antipasto olives

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... more chocolates

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... More antipasto...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Flowers...

I am always impressed by the way food looks when it is displayed in a creative way with care and an eye for pleasure. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in eating the incredibly colorful vegetables above? or the chocolates? colorful olives? and cupcakes? I’d say, stop by and indulge a while… Come back for more…

Negative thinking is always expensive — dragging us down mentally, emotionally, and physically — hence I refer to any indulgence in it as a luxury.” Peter McWilliams

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Seafood variety

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Seafood too

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... All manner of sausage...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Seafood...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Happy as a clam...

Since man does not live by bread alone, I think it is apropos to include other foods that help us stay healthy and add to our pleasurable moments of indulgence. I don’t eat meat but fish is an important part of my diet… We can have a serving or two and not feel so full. I included the sausages because they were so attractive in the display case. What do you think?

“Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.” Benjamin Franklin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... More desserts to enjoy...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Dessert

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Mangia!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... More Gelato

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge... Enjoy the fruit...

When we talk about indulging our sweet tooth, we mean business. The showcase of sweet desserts above will give any foodies sweet satisfaction and more. I was impressed by how much one could choose from. But how do you choose and what do you leave behind when you are enjoying an indulgent moment? Key is to remember to enjoy it for the day and then get back on track to eating healthy again… It’s called an indulgence for a reason; we can’t afford to make this a permanent experience… Well, I can’t. What about you?
What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Indulge did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on Indulge? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge Share a picture that means Indulge to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Much of what we experience in life includes moments of celebration; an indulgence of our appetites. Restraint and enjoyment are equally important. Enjoy!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several below.I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme INDULGE below. ***

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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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78 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/03/2012 12:22 am

    Whow what a selection!! You have been busy – love the variety of olives. Was everything in the one shop? What a great place to go.

    • 02/03/2012 12:32 am

      Yes, Whole Foods is typically a super store and they carry everything; from expensive gourmet treats to everyday fare… but the quality and display is always top notch… They were kind enough to let me run around taking pictures. TY! 😉

  2. 02/03/2012 12:52 am

    Reblogged this on

  3. 02/03/2012 1:03 am

    though I have a little diabetes I’m always get weak near an Italian gelato shop …

    • 07/03/2012 7:13 pm

      They are quite delicious… Once in a while might be the best approach. 😉

  4. 02/03/2012 2:54 am

    Your wonderful photos have me wanting a little of this, a little of that – so much to indulge in here and all so fabulous!

    • 07/03/2012 7:15 pm

      TY! When I uploaded the photos, I was again impressed by the way Whole Foods displays their foods; colorful and creative! 😉

  5. 02/03/2012 3:21 am

    Oh My word…You have got my senses all excited!! These look Great 😀

    • 07/03/2012 7:15 pm

      TY and you can indulge in them any time… I added some healthy choices too. 🙂

  6. 02/03/2012 3:38 am

    Love, love the vivid colors they are eye catching, lures you in. Great photos.

    • 07/03/2012 7:18 pm

      TY and the colors are quite vivid. I agree… Food is an indulgence all right. 🙂

  7. 02/03/2012 3:43 am

    a big WOW to all the photos! I love them all – colorful, neatly and nicely arranged. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 07/03/2012 7:20 pm

      Isn’t that amazing? I love that they put enormous care into their display too. 🙂

  8. 02/03/2012 5:52 am

    That is one hell of and indulgence!

    • 07/03/2012 7:23 pm

      TY PiP! I had fun with it in more ways than one… 🙂

  9. 02/03/2012 7:28 am

    Reblogged this on imexcited and commented:
    I love Elizabeth’s entry for this week’s photo challenge.Hence, I want to share and re-blog it here. So colorful and enticing!!!

  10. 02/03/2012 7:54 am

    I got fat just reading this post 🙂

    • 07/03/2012 7:26 pm

      😆 Me too! I hope they offer less food related challenges… 😉

  11. 02/03/2012 7:57 am

    Tasty photos for this entry!

    • 07/03/2012 7:28 pm

      TY for your feedback… The cupcakes were delicious. 😉

  12. Bree permalink
    02/03/2012 8:23 am

    Whoa! I just gained 5 Ibs looking at these photos. What an indulgence and at Whole Foods too. They do have the best displays and top notch, top quality foods. You did justice to this week’s over the top prompt. Indulge! Stat praying that they don’t give you excess or extreme down the road. 🙂
    Great delicious post!

    • 07/03/2012 7:30 pm

      TY Bree! It was an indulgence and I hope the offer something more slimming next. 🙂

  13. 02/03/2012 8:23 am

    I swear Whole Foods hires artists for their displays. It makes such a difference doesn’t it? We eat with our eyes first. Beautiful work.

    • 07/03/2012 7:32 pm

      You know Barbara, I think you are right because my other supermarkets don’t even come close to this level of artistry. TY! 🙂

  14. 02/03/2012 8:54 am

    Perfect for the challenge Elizabeth! Delicious photos of yummy foods!

    • 07/03/2012 7:33 pm

      TY and it was a lot of fun tasting the goods… 😉

  15. 02/03/2012 9:33 am

    Many great indulgences for the palate! Such a great selection!

    • 07/03/2012 7:34 pm

      Quite the challenge, eh? Food beckoned me and I answered the call. 😉 TY!

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    02/03/2012 12:06 pm


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    • 03/03/2012 4:00 am

      Thanks for the feedback Sebastian. I’m curious to learn more about your site. I’ll check it out and email you with questions.

  17. 02/03/2012 12:07 pm

    I haven’t had lunch yet. Now I really am starving. All of that looks so delectable.

    • 07/03/2012 7:36 pm

      Choose wisely! And of course, end with dessert. 🙂

  18. 02/03/2012 12:44 pm

    I love the way they display every variety of food – presentation is everything, don’t you think? Lots to indulge in there.
    Great selection of pics, you have been very busy!

    • 07/03/2012 7:38 pm

      TY Barb and, you know, our supermarkets don’t all do this… Whole Foods is a cut above, in my opinion.

  19. 02/03/2012 1:33 pm

    It’s called an indulgence for a reason; we can’t afford to make this a permanent experience…
    I’d do well to remember this the next time I ponder whether to buy a box of cookies. Once they enter my apartment, I find it nigh impossible to not heed their calls to devour them.

    I have some work to do on making indulgence be a little more indulgent and a little less customary!

    • 07/03/2012 7:42 pm

      I indulge now and again because I find that if we have a piece of cake or muffin, we can move on and eat other foods and not have it lingering in the back of our mind. 🙂

  20. 02/03/2012 10:05 pm

    Wow! You outdid yourself with these photos! Indulgence, indeed! We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful foods so accessible…we are indulged 🙂 Debra

    • 07/03/2012 7:44 pm

      TY Debra and you raised an important point. We are indulged; especially in the West and a grateful heart is needed… 🙂

  21. 02/03/2012 10:38 pm

    Wow – All I can say is BEAUTIFUL 🙂


  22. 03/03/2012 2:41 am

    Hmm those pictures suddenly make me so hungry! Great post for this week’s challenge 🙂 Here’s my contribution:

    • 07/03/2012 7:48 pm

      TY! It was fun to do and I enjoyed your post too. 😉

  23. 03/03/2012 8:41 am

    The fruits, veggies, seafood, fish, flowers and plants: GOOD indulgences.
    The cupcakes, sweets, candies: BA-AAA-AAA-D indulgences!

    • 07/03/2012 7:49 pm

      TY Granbee… they’re all good in moderation. 😉

  24. 03/03/2012 10:07 am

    I’m glad you balanced out the decadence of the cupcakes with all of those beautiful vegetables.

    • 07/03/2012 7:51 pm

      TY and I had to as they were arranged so beautifully too. 🙂

  25. 03/03/2012 10:11 am

    WOW!! I’ll take a little of everything.
    Great post with mouth-watering photos. 😉

    • 07/03/2012 7:53 pm

      You are welcome! They made me hungry too and I indulged a bit. 🙂

  26. 03/03/2012 11:18 am

    Roo much food! How come you are so skinny with all that food? 😆

    • 03/03/2012 3:01 pm

      I workout a lot and I don’t eat any of it except on special occasions or when feel the urge… thankfully, not too often. 😉

  27. 03/03/2012 12:21 pm

    WoW! What a selection. I always enjoy your photos. Keep up the good work. It is appreciated.

    • 03/03/2012 3:02 pm

      Oh TY Wyletter and I hope to read more from you… 😉

  28. 03/03/2012 4:57 pm

    An irresistible bunch of delicious heavenly treats. Beautiful photos! Take care.

    • 03/03/2012 5:14 pm

      TY! It was fun exercise and I hope you are doing well!? 🙂

  29. 03/03/2012 5:02 pm

    Wow! That’s a delectable array of eye candy there, E! Nice job catching a few of the “affordable indulgences” at Whole Foods.


    • 03/03/2012 5:16 pm

      It is quite the place… Isn’t it? I started paying attention to their displays; far more superior than our average supermarket…and then decided to go back and take photos. As someone said, they must hire display artists to do the job… Yes, a few things were affordable. 😉

  30. Goz permalink
    04/03/2012 7:45 am

    Delightsome! I’m still grinning at “death by cupcakes”…:-)

    • 07/03/2012 7:55 pm

      😆 I figured you’d love that line as I did. It was fun and tasty to do this assignment. TY! 🙂

  31. 04/03/2012 6:01 pm

    I like the orange olives and the wiener case.

    • 07/03/2012 7:57 pm

      The olives were delicious and the range quite impressive… TY! 🙂

  32. 04/03/2012 8:45 pm

    What a colorful and delectable collection of indulgences!

    • 07/03/2012 7:58 pm

      Merci Marcia! It was fun and I loved yours too. 🙂

  33. 04/03/2012 9:17 pm

    What a wonderful variety of “indulge-ables”….yummmmm…..and a balance of sweets and healthy foods too…!!!

    • 07/03/2012 8:00 pm

      TY and it wasn’t deliberate at all… I am glad I added a wider range of foods. 🙂

  34. 05/03/2012 7:30 am

    Whole Foods is definitely a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

    • 07/03/2012 8:02 pm

      It sure is and I love walking around inside. They carry an impressive range of food items. 🙂

  35. 05/03/2012 9:13 pm


  36. 13/03/2012 12:14 am

    Everything looks sooooooo delish Eliz! The way the foods are presented at the market is really impressive. Great post! 🙂 My eyes went to over indulged!


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