Leslie Durso is a model, actress and food blogger. You’ve seen her on “Veronica Mars,” as Blair on “Desire,” and “Stuff Happens” which she co-hosts with Bill Nye. You can catch her in the upcoming movie “Answers to Nothing” with Dane Cook and Elizabeth Mitchell. Leslie is a longtime vegetarian and food fanatic. Her food is the kind everyone will enjoy! She also includes party planning ideas and tips as well as restaurant and product reviews.
Food. My love affair with food started at an early age. At eight I declared I was a vegetarian which made me look at food in a whole other light. Food wasn’t just for eating; it was for enjoying! Being a model and actress and obsessed with food took planning and precision. I never understood why every photo shoot I am ever on has giant tables full of carbs and sugars. Can we please find something to feed the model besides bagels, pizza and chocolates?! On the set of TV shows and movies it is actually a little better. The best was working on Stuff Happens for Planet Green because there were loads of vegetarians on the crew! Our meals were always loaded with lots of fresh vegetables and healthy food.
Now I’m not saying I never indulge in my vices of warm chocolate chip cookies and pizza. Of course I do, just not everyday like I would have loved. And so I learn moderation. Now that I am shifting my career to be more food centered, it’s even more challenging. I’ve discovered life is all about balance. Balance your diet and then you’ll have balanced your life. Here is a typical day of eating in my life:
Breakfast: I never ever ever skip breakfast because my day is just not the same. I usually start with a bowl of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal with blueberries and Silk soy milk.
Snack: Usually a fruit smoothie consisting of bananas, strawberries, blueberries (of whatever I have in the fridge) with chia seeds. (if you don’t know what those are, you are missing out!)
Lunch: Here’s where my day differs from most others. I typically have dinner for lunch. Mostly because when I’m creating new recipes, I have to photograph them in natural light. So this means I usually eat whatever I’m writing about that day for lunch. Today was Lemony Linguini with Tomatoes and Arugula.
Snack: Usually fruit or raw veggies; today an apple.
Dinner: I tend to have a lighter dinner especially if I’ve had pasta for lunch so dinner tonight is a big salad with raw kale, carrots and asparagus.
We’ve heard that word “moderation” used a bazillion times when talking about diets, but it’s true. The only way that I have found to be happy is when I allow myself to eat the foods I crave. Just not everyday.