Take time to enjoy what's good for you

By D.A. Loeser Small

What if many of us decided to just enjoy food and stop worrying about it?

In an article published last year in the New York Times Magazine, best selling author and cultural observer Michael Pollan summed up this philosophy: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Sounds easy. Eating well leads to payoffs like beautiful skin and hair, strong bones and lasting energy. But it involves personal commitment and a kind of selfishness that isn’t in sync with the "microwave popcorn lunch at the desk" ethic.


Perhaps we can jump off the dieting wagon, sidestepping instant associations with food and … guilt, stress, lack of sleep, lack of time and lack of ambition. We can disconnect from making dining into a chemical experiment, chewing vitamins and supplements to cancel out the processed or artificially created foods eaten too often.

Let’s put away that PalmPilot and sit two hours over lunch. Have a glass of wine. (You have to be over 21, natch.) If American culture is obsessed with taking habits and work and concepts to an extreme, you don’thave to succumb to it.

Have you noticed that public kissing (also known as PDA — public displays of affection) in this country is a no-no? (I will spare you the French Paradox and comparisons with France — where they drink wine with lunch and eat butter, eggs and pomme frites. They also have the best farmers’ markets on the planet, and they kiss… . )

Please join me in taking time — whether it’s eating, reading, dancing, gathering with friends, or gardening. Instead of a drive-through meal, enjoy, if you can, the communal atmosphere of the farmers’ market, using this rundown of regional markets as your guide. If you don’t have time, check out the impressive organic sections at HyVee, Target, Rochester Produce or the GoodFood Store Co-op.

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