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.
In art, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas has evolved physically over the many years since he was born in the 3rd century in what was then Greece but is now Turkey. As early as the 4th century, he was shown as a normally-sized, generic bishop. And it was the same in the 1600s in England, where celebrating Christmas was frowned upon. When we get to the 1800s the Good Saint, as depicted by Thomas Nast in 1881, looks like a man who should try the Fast Diet. So does the Coke-swilling Santa of the ads beginning in the 1930s. “Miracle on 34th Street” in 1947 had him slimmer. Have you seen the ‘picture’ of Saint Nicholas, as determined by a forensic pathologist? He looks a little healthier. Santa today is still depicted as chubby, if not fat. If you don’t want to look like the ‘Nast Santa’ or the ‘Coca-Cola Santa’, with all the health problems that come with that physique, then it might be time to start Fasting. Just saying… Our breakfast reflects the Asia Minor origins of the real Nicholas. And for dinner we have the classic beef stew of Hungary where the saint distributes gifts to children on December 6. In our household, we enjoy the gulyàs every Saint Nicholas Day.
Mediterranean Bake: 288 calories 8 g fat 2.4 g fiber 14.6 g protein 38.5 g carbs 234 mg Calcium PB GF Oh! Those sunny flavors!
one 2-oz egg 3 Tbsp Mediterranean Vegetables 1 Tbsp chèvre cheese salt + pepper + large pinch of Herbes de Province 2 oz applesauce or melon 6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasteurized apple cider blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water
Set the toaster oven at at 350° F. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray and spoon in the Med. Veg. Pop the ramekin in the warming toaster oven for 30 seconds to warm the vegetables. Whisk the egg with the cheese and seasonings. Pour in the egg mixture over the vegetables and bake in the toaster oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Brew your warm beverage; shake and pour the smoothie; plate the fruit. A fine way to anticipate the joys of Summer.
Gulyàs: 283 calories 9.5 g fat 2.9 g fiber 40.4 g protein 8 g carbs [7.6 g Complex] 42.6 mg Calcium GF This version of the famous Hungarian stew is from Craig Claiborne’s International Cookbook. HINT: The recipe makes 8 servings, so make it once and freeze in serving sizes.
2 pounds beef chuck [shoulder], cut in 1” cubes 1 Tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika 1 tsp salt + 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1.5 cups beef stock per serving: 1 oz green beans optional per serving: ¼ oz egg noodles which add 27 calories 1 g fiber 2 g carbs [simple]
Heat the oven to 300 F. Toss the beef chunks with the paprika, salt, and pepper. On the cook-top, heat the oil in a Dutch oven [large, heavy, heat-proof, covered pot] and brown the beef in batches. Move the beef around in the pan to prevent it from sticking. Add non-stick spray or a little water if necessary. Remove the beef to a plate. Add some water to the pan and saute the onions until they are transluscent. Return the beef to the pan and pour in 1.5 cups beef stock. Stir thoroughly, scraping brown bits off the bottom. Cover the pot and cook in the oven for 2-3 hours. Every hour, check the pot and stir, adding more water as needed. Taste for salt at the end. Divide into 8 portions, reserving the remainder for future meals. TIP: Freezes very well. Plate with the green beans and optional noodles. A real Winter treat.
Breakfast, single portion
|2 two-oz egg||1.5 two-oz eggs|
|fat-free milk + 10 sweet cherries||salami sausage|
|sugar + clementine||wild greens or arugula|
|Whatever you need for your smoothie||Whatever you need for your smoothie|
|Whatever you need for your hot beverage||Whatever you need for your hot beverage|
|beets||Herring marinated in wine + vinegar|
|potato||beets, canned or fresh cooked|
|Canadian or back bacon||Apple + lettuce + onion|
|onion + one 2-oz egg||white beans + hard-boiled egg + pickle|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|