Today’s Gem of Insight #130

6e6cf2c244fa37ca843a1285a19d338cToday’s insight journey led me to the idea that gourmet is all in our minds. It never ceases to amaze me how often I encounter the word “gourmet” in  front of food and beverage items while I am out and about. The details of the locale may vary – the type of cuisine proffered, the location of the establishment, and even the price point – but nowadays it seems that the positioning of the word “gourmet” in front of food and beverage items is over-used and ever-present code language for “special,” and a purported justification for excessive price gauging.

However, the reality is that food is food and beverages are beverages. Yes, the ingredients used and attention to detail shown may vary, but gourmet food and beverages those variations do not make. Food and beverages can certainly be good, great even, tasty, reasonably priced, expensive, unsuitable for consumption, and just about any other colorful descriptor, but gourmet, not quite.
So, since the idea of food and beverages being gourmet is all in our minds, then the next time that you prepare your specialty meatloaf or your version of Chilean sea bass, why not have a little fun and utilize the word “gourmet” when sharing your meal with others? You just might get a kick out of it. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #126

IMG_4445Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that, we, as a society, really do consume too much sugar. I, like many of us, appreciate a nice dessert or a comforting snack here and there, and on occasion those desserts or snacks might contain more sugar than others. Sometimes that is simply how the cookie crumbles (no pun intended). And that is certainly okay, especially when consumed in moderation.

However, it seems that the majority of the food and beverage items that we purchase, whether from a grocery store or a restaurant, contain varying amounts of sugar of which a large part of society is not aware. So, when we think that we are only consuming a certain amount of sugar, we are actually taking in much more than that.

In order to stay on top of this we need to ensure that we are paying more attention to the ingredients in the food and beverage items that we consume. It requires more time and effort to do that, but as we live longer and healthier lives our bodies and our loved ones will thank us. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #109


Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we should never underestimate the powers of orange juice. As a child I did not include orange juice on my list of preferred beverages. It was not that I disliked orange juice in any way, it just simply was not a beverage that I preferred to drink.

I carried this approach toward orange juice into adulthood, maintaining my preference for drinking other types of beverages. However, a few months ago I began to gravitate toward drinking orange juice seemingly out of the blue. And as I began to drink more orange juice I was reminded of the benefits that are associated with drinking orange juice, including the fact that it is an excellent way to ingest vitamin C.

Now, I will not say that orange juice is my favorite beverage, but its taste and beneficial aspects are certainly causing it rise higher in the ranks. #lovebythedrop