My butt, January 2009

My butt,  January 2009
(who could miss it)

My butt, January 2010

My butt, January 2010
photos by Tom Peal

Welcome to You and All your Brilliant Parts!

In 2009 I lost 40 lbs and I got a new butt. How? Diet and exercise, that's the short answer. But all of the things I learned that made it emotionally possible, that allowed me to succeed when I had failed before - that will take longer. This blog celebrates the intelligence of the body. Please leave me a note to let me know what you think of this writing, if it's been helpful. I welcome your input and experience.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kolo, a yummy whole-grain snack

Kolo is a natural food I discovered at an Ethiopian grocery store, sold fresh in plastic baggies.  I experimented until I came up with the same combination and taste.  It's so simple, you'll be surprised how fortifying and tasty it is.

1/3 cup dry spring wheat berries (around here you can buy them at Whole Foods)
2 T raw sunflower seeds
salt and pepper

Heat a skillet until very hot, turn down the heat to medium and toss the wheat in.  Let the berries toast a short while before you put the sunflower seeds in - the entire operation happens within a few minutes.  Heat until the wheat berries jump around in the skillet (be careful about flying hot wheat berries), stirring or tossing not to scorch.  Turn off the heat before you think it's completely done.  Be especially careful not to burn the sunflower seeds.  Salt and pepper to taste.  I have also seen this sold with peanuts in the mix.

The wheat is crunchy sweet toasty carb comfort food with the added fat and sweetness of the seeds.  I can just imagine a tall African walking across an exotic savannah with only a pocketful of Kolo.  It seems like it just fuels the body without slowing it down.  That reminds me of the story of Texas' famous hunter Ben Lilly who set out for long journeys with only a small bag of parched corn, gnawing on the kernels as he went along ...

I'm really not interested in gnawing parched corn.  It's good to find an elegant food like this in another cuisine.

Later, Jenni


  1. Thanks for the recipe- I appreciate all diversions from chocolate!
    I have been chocolate free for about 10 days and today I awoke craving vegetables. Thanks to your suggestion of the book "You on a Diet."

  2. Way to go on controlling the chocolate! I found lots of strategies in the book helpful - glad you like it! All the best, Jenni

  3. Love this stuff! Great to munch and easy to make. Thanks, Jenni!