OK, so I just couldn't go to bed without sharing a story. About chocolate.
Several years ago I took the train into Chicago to the Borders bookstore on Michigan Avenue. Dr. Andrew Weil was there for a reading from his latest book on food and I wanted to see him live and in person. (I think the title of the book is "Eating for Optimal Health", but that would require me to go find it and I'm just not gunna'.)
Dr. Weil is the guy that promotes integrative healing and does a lot of PBS shows about healthy living, etc. He kinda' looks like Santa Claus. (Yup. You guessed it. I have a MAJOR thing for Santa Claus, but that's another story for another day.)
I always thought Dr. Weil would be this portly fellow and kind of a hippie/dippy type, but when he walked onto the stage I about fell outta' my chair. He was dressed in a gorgeous dark suit and positively GLOWED with health. I mean it. The guy was lean and graceful and had the most beautiful skin and hair and smile. He just looked like he was the healthiest person to walk the face of the earth. I could have listened to him talk about food and health all day long. He was very interesting and approached his topic from both a medical as well as philosophical perspective. I was smitten.
So after his reading and a rather lengthy Q&A, he takes one last question from the audience. "Dr. Weil. What is the one food that you would eat daily to achieve optimal health?"
Without missing a beat he said (and I quote, because it has become my mantra): "I eat a one ounce piece of good quality dark chocolate every single day. Nothing could be better for you."
I thought the place was going to collapse from the applause.
So anywhoose.....I get in line to get my book signed by Dr. Andrew Weil His Very Self and as I approach the table I reach into my purse and pull out a Hershey's Kiss (they didn't have dark chocolate then) and I placed it on the table in front of him and he said "Will you marry me?" with the most twinkly eyes I have ever seen. Ever.
I've never been the same since and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Oh, and PS....I had my one ounce today. And then some.