Parent: "Zoë, please finish your broccoli."
Zoë: "But I'm so full! (whine, whine, grumble, grumble, finishes broccoli) Can I have ice cream?!"
Parent: "I thought you were so full?"
Zoë: "My breakfast stomach is full, my lunch stomach is full, my snack stomach is full, my dinner stomach is full, but my dessert stomach is completely empty!"
I was one precocious kid. While I've gotten older and wiser since those days (I now love broccoli!), one thing that hasn't changed is my appreciation for that special last meal of the day, the opportunity to fill my "dessert stomach." I don't discriminate - cookies, cake, ice cream, pie, candy - I love sugar and I've been known to eat whatever I can get my hands on. My palate has matured over the years and I've grown to favor certain sweets in particular, with lemon curd and chocolate mousse topping the list. For the most part, I love to eat nutritiously, enjoy coming up with healthy alternatives to my favorite comfort foods, and feel great when I eat well. However, nothing can compete with a decadent, rich treat and I believe that it's practically a requirement to allow oneself to indulge now and then. After all, they say everything in moderation, right?
"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first."