While visiting with my twin sister, Rachel, a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, AZ, the city she's called home for the past ten years, we were on our usual mission of taste testing some of the new restaurants in town. Going to Scottsdale is one of my favorite things because not only do I have a built-in fitness partner that is just as motivated as me — we're both arguably more-so on top of our healthy routines with the combined force of nature... eh, or sisterhood I should say. Let me take a step back here... the reason I was out in Scottsdale in the first place was I hate health care in New York, it's so in and out. Rush, rush. Always rushed.
So I decided recently when turned 30 that I would establish a relationship with her hospital, The Mayo Clinic. Rachel has been a nurse there for years and it's known as one of the best places on earth to go. Point being, I'm proactive. With my health. Admittedly, I'm also a bit of a hypercondriac, so I scheduled what they refer to as a "Consultative Annual Physical Exam". It's essentially a series of appointments with various doctors which ultimately lead to the most comprehensive full body exam I've ever had in my life. I'll dig into this more in other blogs but point being one of the doc's I had a visit with, understanding my desire to live a healthy-preventative lifestyle, had suggested that we try out one of the new Fox Concept Restaurants True Food Kitchen. So we did.
One of the selling points on this place was the association with Dr. Weil, a natural health and wellness specialist. The other attraction here was their "Food Pyramid" that they supposedly had available for restaurant diners to become more tenacious in their in-take. Soooooo... I stole one on my way out. I'm pretty sure they weren't intended for the general public as hand-outs, but I didn't care.
What I saw on this "modern pyramid" was too interesting for me not to share with you. For your own viewing pleasure it's conveniently available online as well. So this handy-dandy food guide is now posted to my fridge and I'm seriously digging the fact that there are such realistic fetishes noted in the tiny little tip of the triangle — have you ever in your life seen categories such as "healthy sweets" and "red wine" on an optimum health tool?
Needless to say, Dr. Weil is now my hero. I'm pretty sure you agree with that statement. If you don't, well, then, you must be living on another planet. So there, drink up, enjoy your chocolate in "sparingly" doses and live life without feeling so darn guilty about everything you eat to nourish your soul.
Signing Off Believer in Pyramids,
Renee Woodruff blogs about travel, food and living life to its fullest on Shape.com. Follow her on Twitter.