Anniversary V

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Five years ago, my Own Dear Husband and I made an important decision: it was time to start the Fast Diet.  We had seen the TV show and were inspired to read the book.  Then what did we do?                                                                                                                                        1. We chose some recipes from the Fast Diet Book to try for dinners.                                                           2. I calculated the calorie count for some favorite breakfasts. [Since you read this Blog, you know that is all done for you]                                                                                                                 3. We wrote on the calendar what we would eat on our Monday and Thursday Fast Days.                                                                                                                                                                 4. We weighed ourselves and recorded body measurements.                                                        And then we jumped in:  the first day wasn’t too bad, though we did opt for an earlier-than-usual dinner!  And the pounds came off… 9 combined pounds the 1st month, then a plateau, then 16 pounds after 5 months. When we realized that we’d need new clothes for a wedding, we were hooked. Fasting is now a Lifestyle to be continued for years and years.                                                                                                                                                             In today’s blog, I am posting the meals we ate on our first day as Fasters:  an old favorite Ham Scramble and a recipe from the Fast Diet book itself. Join us for the next 5 years, won’t you?

Ham ScrOmelette: 286 calories  8 g fat  1.7 g fiber  16.6 g protein  35.2 g carb  219 mg Calcium   PB GF Here’s another classic of the breakfast table.PM scramble or Ham omelette? w: apple

1 ½ eggs per person HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                    1/2 oz. ground or chopped ham                                                                                                                              1.5 oz melon or 1.5 oz apple                                                                                                                        blackish coffee or tea or lemon with hot water                                                                                                           5-6 oz green or fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Chop the ham, slice the fruit, brew your hot beverage. Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan and spritz it with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs and pour into the pan. When the bottom begins to set, distribute the ham over half of the eggs. {OR warm the ham briefly in the hot pan, pour in the whisked eggs and scramble together until cooked.] Fold the omelette and cook to your favorite degree of doneness. Shake up the smoothie, pour your beverages, and you are off to a good start to your day.

*Feta Nicoise Salad: 243 calories   6.0 g fat  2.2 g fiber  15.8 g protein  25 g carbs   244 mg Calcium   PB GF   From Michael & Mimi’s first book comes this delicious recipe.  There is a lot of food on this plate – bring your appetite.Feta Nicoise Salad copy

5 romaine leaves OR 1 cup lettuce, sliced cross-ways                                                                                   ¼ cup green beans                                                                                                                                                1 scant cup cucumber OR zucchini, diced                                                                                                            1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled or diced                                                                                                                 1.5 black olives, quartered                                                                                                                                      1 tsp flavorful olive oil  +   1 tsp white wine vinegar                                                                                optional: 1/2 oz French bread

Steam the green beans, cool and set aside. Slice the romaine crosswise into 1” strips. Prepare the other ingredients as described. Pour the oil and vinegar into a wide, shallow bowl and whisk briskly. Put all the other ingredients in the bowl and toss gently to coat with dressing. Welcome to southern France for fine dining.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

Canadian/back bacon 1.5 two-oz eggs
 applesauce, unsweetened  pork loin
 Bannock [see …Not by Bread.. 7 Feb ’18]  baked beans
 Worcestershire Sauce + HP Sauce
 Strawberries or melon
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 3 oz smoked haddock [finnen haddie]  green or white onion
 onion  mashed potatoes, no butter or milk
 potato  egg   + dry mustard
 butter  butter
 milk  beets, fresh or pickled
 parsley  +  bay leaf  lettuce + oil & vinegar
Sparkling water Sparkling water

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