As I was getting a mani-pedi today I was thumbing through US Magazine and I came across the one-page article on the 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me: Bret Michaels. He’s been all over the place lately, and rightly so with his miraculous recovery from his brain hemorrhage in which only 20 percent survive.
I found it very interesting that he lost his virginity at a fish hatchery, his first career choice was motocross, and he was born in Pittsburgh and is still a huge Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan. (Guess he will be rooting for my home team this coming Sunday in the Superbowl!) He did mention that he was a Pitt fan too, but I’m gonna try to not hold that against him.
But the most intriguing thing to me on his list was that he is addicted to peanut butter. As I too am addicted to peanut butter–as most of my good friends know. (George, Rita, Amanda, Polly, Brozik….) I’ve discovered through my nutty research that there are certain people who just can’t have a jar of it in their house. Give them a spoon and an open container and it’s all over! We just can’t stop eating it. It’s the texture, the taste and just digging it out of the jar is plenty fun enough. I like to stick my spoon straight down in it and pull it straight back out just to see how much sticks, and that’s what I’m allowed to eat. (I do eat the all natural kind and sometimes even almond butter–but that runs off the spoon. It’s all the same addiction though.)
Last winter I had the bright idea to have someone hide it in my yard, but eventually I found it. I’ve tried measuring it, and finally just had to swear to myself I would just quit buying the darn stuff. But I’m comforted to know that this nut butter addiction thing is real! There are multiple people whom I know that could benefit from a little PA therapy (peanut butter anonymous).
I’ve gone to lengths to overcome my magnetism to the butter. I’ve even purchased a “peanut butter locker” that only my son has the key too-which I’m yet to install and I’ve had it now for six months. In the meantime, I just send the peanut butter home with the sitter and it only comes into my house if she’s there.
Bret, you’re not alone. There are many of us out there. Yes, PB is good for all of us if it’s all natural, and if only eaten no more than 2 tablespoons a day. If the label has partially hydrogenated oils in it, toss it in the garbage because it is garbage. If it’s all natural then it’s one of the best fats, especially if it’s almond butter, to put in your body–right behind omega-3 fish oils, walnuts and avocado.