Life is Uncertain...
Eat Dessert First

How many times have we gone out to eat, at one of the fine restaurants, in Chesterfield and when our server asks if we would like to order dessert, we are much too full to even consider it? If you are like us, this happens every time you dine out!

Last time this happened, we agreed we should go out, sometime, just for dessert. It hasn’t happened yet. Don’t worry, it isn’t like we are deprived of sugar and sweet treats—John has a bag of Sour Patch Kids hidden (from our kids) in his sock drawer—decadent, I know.

But, seriously, I am talking about more gourmet desserts. Traditionally, dessert is the last course of a meal. The word “dessert” derives from the French word “desservir,” which literally means to “de-serve,” but translates to mean “clear the table.” As in, clear the table of the dinner dishes and break out the cake!

In England, you may hear children asking, “What’s for pudding?” Pudding is the common word for dessert, since most of the British desserts were a type of pudding, it became generalized. You might recall spoken parts in Pink Floyd’s, The Wall, screaming out in a British accent and repeating, “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding; how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?”

It’s good practice to expect children to eat healthy foods before eating sweets; they are still growing and developing. Kids will eat amazing things, even things they don’t like, to get dessert–even green leafy things!

Adults love dessert, too. Scientists say that sugar activates the reward center of the brain and releases dopamine-feel good chemical-in a similar pattern to romantic love interactions. It’s no wonder everyone seems to crave sugar and sweet treats; we adore them so much that we even nickname our loved ones after desserts!

So, this Valentine’s Day, surprise Honey, Sweetie Pie, Sugar or Baby Cakes and consider following the advice of little known author, Ernestine Ulmer (1897-1987), “Life is uncertain…eat dessert first.”

Yours in Community,

Elizabeth “Libby” Mullen