May 20 , 2020
We just heard back from a major health care company that they are not interested in our line because it's sweets, and sweets aren't healthy. I'll go ahead and rant about it because it's on my mind- and I'm not well known for being quiet about something I'm passionate about. And I am passionate about serving community through food.
No doubt that excess sugar isn't good for any of us, and some of us even moreso. But what about a little bit to feed the psyche? It's not secret that in these recent times of uncertainty, job loss, school closures, work from home, health concerns, restricted movement, isolation from friends and family, we reach for comfort foods. And it's no joke that many of us have been gaining weight. But is it because we are eating too much sugar? Or maybe we haven't been able to get to the gym or an outside recreation area to get the exercise to which we are accustomed, or we've taken up cooking and are baking bread again- or for the first time.
numerous well-known quotes about moderation have been uttered over the course of human history, perhaps the most famous being Greek philosopher Aristotle's simple, "Moderation in all things," cheekily amended by 19th c poet and playwright Oscar Wilde to, "Everything in moderation, including moderation." These exist not by mistake. And some would go so far as to claim as does this article in Psychology Today, Moderation Is the Key to Life.
I'm not suggesting that everyone run out and purchase one of our desserts right this second- or am I?- but I see mental health benefits to allowing ourselves a treat once in a while, and it is the responsibility of each of us to take charge of our own health and eat treats in moderation, even if it's difficult to do. Choosing a treat that is made with clean ingredients, even if one is sugar, isn't such a bad thing, is it? What about people who succumb to stress in more unhealthy ways? (Cigarette with that anxiety?)
While I respect the right of the healthcare company to choose not to bring our sweets into their cafeteria or gift shop, I do so with some shaking of the head. And that's my right as one who has dedicated much of her professional and private life to serving and feeding community.
With commitment to your dietary needs and your right to eat a treat,
Lisa Cox is CEO/ SVP Sales & Marketing for Gem City Fine Foods. Her thoughts are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the entire Gem City Fine Foods team. In a previous professional life she has taught Nutrition, including the value of eating in moderation, and has her own cooking business on the side and creates dishes using locally grown and sourced ingredients.