I know this is going to sound strange, but whenever I think about my Oscar speech, yes, I think of my family and friends and representation, but then my thoughts go to a support team that will sound odd to most but has brought me much so much joy, comfort and nutrition during the difficult and lean times that I can’t help but add it to the list.
Everyone knows that I have an obsession with food. I don’t think it’s an unhealthy one. Through much research, trial and error, I know my diet is the diet that keeps me happy, satisfied, satiated and energized through the day. My clients and students love when I bring them new and healthy alternatives to their favorite snacks and dishes that I am more than happy to spend my time researching and ah, hem, sampling all goodies that are good for you too.
And for that, I must write this ode to an old favorite… and a new find.
Gosh I love the ellipse…
I hope you enjoy…
I’ve spent a lifetime with you. We have had some happy times. You have been there for me when I needed you as a comfort, a friend. I’ve loved you for so long and so true. I thought you were the one. I had no idea that when I got out there in the world that there might be others to tempt me away from you. I now know, dear Skippy that we were not meant to be. You are filled with additives and fats that are unhealthy. I’ve tried other brands, powdered, omega infused, but alas, I was disappointed with the after effects, the bad taste in my mouth or other unmentionables. Till one day, I found, PB2. Oh, peanut butter. Oh, Skippy. Oh, Jiff. Oh, Naturally More (with less calories, more fiber and omegas, but you have to stir and that’s…just…unacceptable), oh, Better than Peanut Butter (simply too sweet). All of you have served your purpose in the moment, but mostly on my thighs. I’m grateful for being full, but I have found the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. PB2.
Ok, it’s dried. You have to add water. But it’s packed with protein and just a mere 53.2 calories per two tablespoons.
I count my calories, but now you are speaking my language. To get it so precise. So, decimal. Now you are just turning me on. 1.87 grams of fat. Just stop!!
PB2…you are sweet, salty, and perfect.
You can be found on-line, even better and worth the shipping. You are so easy to travel with, even to India. Ok, I haven’t been, but I can bring you there, no problem.
You can be spread on an apple or a La Tortilla Factory low carb tortilla. You make me happy.
It’s the little things, people. Yes, you can call me crazy, but you’ll be askin’ me for a sample the next time I see you.
And let’s be honest, I think everyone was getting a little bored with me writing about my dad.
Peanut Butter (PB2) and me, perfect together.
On another food note, Kitchadi, which is a light and nutritious balancing Indian dish is something I eat everyday. It keeps me moving, if you know what I mean, is yummylicious and is a great base to add your favorite vegetables or add as a side dish. Made the right way and eaten in a certain way, one can use this dish as a cleanse in a mono diet. Yessirree, just that, all day, every day, for several days. And with the guidance of the right Ayurvedic practitioner, he or she will add a variety of herbs and lifestyle choices to help the cleanse along. After a few days, you will feel just as good as if you Master Cleansed or did another weird cleanse but you won’t feel f-ed up. You will just feel good and + balanced!
Especially now that we are transitioning into a new season, yes, even in Los Angeles, we need to pay attention to the changes in our bodies. Ayurveda or ‘science of life’ is a system of traditional medicine native to India and practiced here in America as well, as a way of life, being and doing in a way that balances the system. Kitchadi is just part of the way of balancing the system, hot, cold, male, female, excited and sluggish. To put in the most simple terms. I am a big advocate of the food, which is basically basmati rice and a gang load of yummy spices. Eat it every day, not with your PB2, and you will feel satisfied and energized. You can’t imagine what I add to my Kitchadi kitchen. The dish is limitless in it’s ability to satisfy with variety.
I’m an ambassador for Ayurfoods and would be happy to give your more info, sell you some of the good stuff to try or make you a batch and bring it to our next class.
Food. Food. I love it. I make it everyday and often give it away.
I’ll make it for you, dear Oprah, if you’ll try it.
I haven’t seen too many shows of yours that actually talk about mindful and seasonal eating. I’d love to be your first guest talking about it. I’ve been overweight, on Weight Watchers, run marathons like you and loooooooove food. Can’t get enough of it. So there.
I thank all of the little people. And the peanut butter. And the Kitchadi. And of course, my family, friends and students, for stomaching another of my blogs. Pun intended. And finally, you, dear Oprah, for continuing to talk to strange people like Whitney Houston with a straight face.