How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works:Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it: a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.
Although there is a space telescope named after him, most people would be hard pressed to recognize the name of Johannes Kepler. Yet he revolutionized how we view the solar system and brought us out of the Middle Ages of astronomy once and for all. He was the assistant to the famous Tycho Brahe [cf 13 December 2017] in Bohemia and inherited the detailed written observations of his mentor. By applying his superior mathematical skills, Kepler developed his 3 Laws of Planetary Motion. Today’s breakfast illustrates those theories. 1] Planets move in elliptical [egg-shaped] paths around the sun. [In his time, the 1500-year old ideas of Ptolemy said that orbits were perfect circles.] 2] When planets reach the point of their orbit where they are farthest from the sun, they travel slower, but go faster closer to the sun. The two figs mark places where a planet would go faster or slower in its orbit. 3] The time it takes a planet to orbit the sun [many scientists in the 1500s held that the Earth was in the center of the Solar System] is proportional to its distance from the sun. In the photo, the ‘orbital path’ of the spinach leaves would be shorter if it were closer to the egg yolk [egg yolk = sun.] These ideas were huge in their day and yet they made few ripples in the scientific community, with no scandal of excommunication. The time was almost right for recognizing that the old ideas were based on opinion and that scientists could prove, by observation and calculation, that their theories were correct.
Since Kepler’s side hustle was as an astrologer [the magic side of star-gazing], dinner gives a nod to the recent Winter Solstice, a time of dread and disruption in the ancient Solar Calendar. Kepler’s birthday is tomorrow. He was a Capricorn.
Fig & Chèvre Plate: 294 calories 8.7 g fat 5.7 g fiber 17 g protein 43 g carbs [33 g Complex] 325 mg Calcium PB GF Simple, elegant, and much more filling than it looks.
½ hard-boiled egg 1 dried fig, mass = 0.65 oz or 16 g 1 oz chèvre cheese ¼ oz baby spinach Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]
Rehydrate the dried fig by covering with water and microwaving or heating for 1 minute. Let the fig sit in the water for another few minutes, then cut in half. Arrange the spinach leaves in an oval. Dab the leaves with crumbles of the goat cheese. Plate the egg half and the fig halves. HINT: I composed the plate the night before, covered it with a plastic bag, and kept it cool until breakfast. Instant breakfast!
Winter Solstice Pizza: 281 calories 10 g fat 2.8 g fiber 16 g protein 15.6 g carbs [7.8 g Complex] 223.4 mg Calcium PB On the solstice, we like to prepare a pizza with elements of the season past [mushrooms represent Fall] and of the season to come [cured meats stand in for Winter]. Fabulous flavors!
1 whole wheat tortilla [ex: Herdez 8” Fajita-style Tortilla], must be 170 calories or less 1.5 Tbsp crushed tomatoes + pinch granulated garlic 1 oz mozzerella cheese, grated 1 oz mushrooms, chopped 1/3 oz prosciutto 1 Tbsp onion, chopped generous sprinkling of Italian Herbs + crushed red peppers to taste
Heat the oven to 400 F. Spread the tortilla with the crushed tomato sauce and garlic. Chop the prosciutto roughly and combine it with the mushrooms, onion, and cheese. Distribute over the pizza shell. Sprinkle with herbs, crushed red pepper, or other seasonings to taste. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Light some candles and enjoy pizza on the longest night of the year.
Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion
|Next week I will discuss options for||American bacon + mushrooms|
|New Year’s Eve entertaining||Cheddar cheese + chicken stock|
|choose a favorite from the Archives for breakfast||Yorkshire Pudding Batter [..Not by Bread…18-Feb-2018 OR Arnold Sandwich Thin [100 calories]|
|white whole wheat flour|
|optional smoothie||optional smoothie|
|optional hot beverage||optional hot beverage|
Dinner, single portion:
|Next week I will discuss options for||cooked pheasant meat|
|New Year’s Eve entertaining||carrots + cabbage + onion|
|choose a favorite from the Archives||pheasant or chicken gravy|
|for dinner||Arnold Sandwich Thin [100 calories]|
|Sparkling water||Sparkling water|