As awesome as it is to aim for a healthy diet full of nutritious foods… sometimes, it’s a really good idea to relax your standards a little, and to just say yes to a treat.

For some of us, it might be a slice of old-fashioned pumpkin pie that reminds us of the good ol’ days, or maybe it’s a rainbow popsicle on a hot summer’s day.

For Jeanne Ray, author of the novel Eat Cake, joy comes in the form of cake. And her words can remind us all that — more often than we might realize — the simple joys can be life’s sweetest.

Why you really should eat that slice of cake

Why you should eat cake

Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert.

There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat.

Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline.

But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy.

A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life.

You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress.

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A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life.

This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.

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