John Robbins told the long story of his relationship with his father, who started Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors ice cream (one for each day of the month). You may know that John, after attending Berkeley in the late ’60’s, told his father that he would not be taking over the company; in fact, he did not want any money from the company or any inheritance having to do with it. They didn’t speak for years. Then, in 1984, John wrote “Diet for a New America”, which his father did not read. By then his father had diabetes, high cholesterol, was overweight, etc. He had the best cardiologist that his billions could buy him (in Rancho Mirage, CA). The Dr. told him that he would take medication and they would try to keep him comfortable for the few remaining years of his life. “There is, however, an alternative,” and brought out a copy of “Diet for a New America” and handed it to Mr. Robbins, not realizing that it was written by his son. “Read this and change your diet, and then you’ll have a different outcome.” Mr. Robbins did not reveal his surprise to his doctor, whom he respected. He went home, read it, made the dietary changes (even though his wife, John’s mother, disagreed), and lived a much better life for 20 more years! His mother, meanwhile, got sick over time and became deaf, blind, bedridden, and survived with Alzheimer’s for 3 x longer than most people. John was sad about that (and did not volunteer that story – someone in the audience asked about his mother, since he’d only talked of his father.)
Quick Lunchtime…. no time for grocery shopping.
I had 2 tomatoes, a small can of tuna and some parmesan cheese.
I sliced the tomatoes, put a dash of tuna on each slice, and sprinkled parmesan on top…
Broiled for 10-12 minutes… sprinkled with black pepper… and oh, my!!!!
Sooooo satisfying, fresh, healthy, and hot!
Take a look!
I have to post my favorite winter recipe. This soup (adapted from my good friend Marci Murphree),
is my favorite thing about the short, cold, dark days of winter.
Winter Love Soup (with Ground Bison, optional…:)
In a big pot with a little Olive Oil,
Brown some minced garlic, a chopped onion, chopped mushrooms, and 3-4 chopped celery stalks.
Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Mrs. Dash… Sprinkle the Seasoning In!!!
Add 2 big cans of Organic Tomatoes, with the juices… chopped or whole or both.
Simmer, Season with the above seasonings…
Add 1 (or 2 if small) frozen bag of organic mixed veggies… I like corn, green beans, peas
Simmer, and season.
Add chopped organic broccoli, some organic spinach and/or kale.
Simmer and season.
Add 1 can of organic chili beans and maybe some browned/ground bison.
Simmer and Season.
I add about a cup or 2 of water in the middle of this whole process.
Simmer for an hour or two… and indulge with a little sprinkle of parmesan on top…. my, oh my….
It’s cold outside… if you can’t make it to my FUNdamental Fitness classes (MWF @ 8:15am, and Sun @ 5pm)….
Try this workout at home:
2 minutes… 3 times… a TOTAL BODY 6 minute workout!!!
I dare you…
This is a perfect FF scenario…
10 squat jumps (Sit, and Cardio Interval)
6-10 Plank/Push Twists (Push, Pull, Curl)
Do it with great awareness, strong form, and then for speed… laugh alot.
Let me know how you do!
This article was originally written for, and published by, Modern Drummer Magazine.
I offer it as a template for this Drum Journal… enjoy!
My Univera Cocktail
Me and John Wayne!!!! A Surfy, Sexy, Swingin’, Groovy Trio….
We played over a year ago now, at the French Quarter, to a large, happy, toasting crowd… and we had FUN!
And then came the Nashville Flood… and John’s studio was in trauma, and hence his livelihood… so the band was on the
way back burner… of course. John’s up and running now, but has decided to not to return to the band… BUT we are back in the
rehearsal studio with a fabulous new bass player… Bobby Durham…. Do we change the name? The sound will still be groovy…
I’ll let you know when/where we play… To be continued!!!