Alfred Wegener’s Big Idea

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. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Alfred Wegener, born 1880 in Berlin, Germany, was trained as an astronomer but became a meteorologist instead. He pioneered research with weather balloons and studied climate in the arctic. While looking at atlases, Wegener was struck by the way South America and Africa looked like two puzzle pieces which should fit together. This made him think that the land masses had once been parts of one large continent, which he called ‘Pangaea‘ or ‘all-land,’ and that since then the continents had moved apart. Alfred began to look for proof that this was so. His research showed that plants, such as the extinct land plant ‘Glossopteris,’ and the same reptile fossils are found on several continents. He found that there are mountain chains in North America that match up with those in Scotland. This line of thinking caused Wegener to present his Theory of Continental Drift on January 6, 1912. He explained the ability of the continents to move by giving the analogy of steamer trunks being pushed across a smooth floor. [In those days, it was believed that the sea floor was flat and smooth.] Wegener thought that the continents were not attached to the seafloor substrate and could slide or drift on top of it. But when asked by fellow scientists how and why the continents moved, Wegener had no explanation. A book in 1915 fleshed out his theory, and the author republished it several times until 1929, adding new evidence. Wegener was correct: the continents were once together, the most recent being 230 million years ago. Many times before, there was a supercontinent. Wegener was also incorrect: not only do the continents move, the sea floors move too, propelled by molten currents under the Earth’s crust. Geologists did not accept his theory and it was relegated to the scrap-heap of under-proven ideas. He died in Greenland, on an expedition, on his 50th birthday.

After you have cooked the ScrOmelette, cut it into two pieces, making the cut jagged instead of straight. This makes two ‘puzzle pieces.’ which is what lead Wegener to his idea of the continents fitting together. The roasting vegetables can slide back and forth on the baking sheet, just as Wegener thought that the continents could slide over the sea floor.

Leek & Tomato ScrOmelette:  153 calories 7.4 g fat 3 g fiber 10.4 g protein 12 g carbs 73 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beveragesPB GF  Eggs taste great — leeks and tomatoes always make them even better.

1½ eggs 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 oz tomato 2 pinches basil 0.35 oz leeks, sliced and cooked  pinch garlic powder 1 clementine OR 2 oz apple  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water  Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Dice the tomatoes and put them in a pan which has been spritzed with non-stick spray. Add salt and the basil, and cook until warm. Add the cooked leeks along with the garlic powder. Whisk the eggs and pour over the vegetables in the pan. Cook to your liking: as a scramble or as an omelette. Plate with the fruit, serve the beverages of your choice, and enjoy a fine day.

Turkey w/ Roasted Delicata and Sweet Potato: 294 calories 4 g fat 7 g fiber 13 g protein 36 g carbs 85,5 mg Calcium  PB GF Anna Stockwell from Epicurious came up with this recipe and am I glad. Here is a simple sheet-pan meal topped with a delicious agrodolce sauce.  HINT: This recipe serves two [2] people. As attractive as it is delicious.

Sv 2Preheat oven to 425°F. 
12 oz delicata squash 10 oz sweet potatoes
1½ tsp EVOO
Slice unpeeled squash into ¾” thick rounds, and remove seeds. Peel + slice sweet potatoes in ¾” rounds. Toss vegetables and oil in a bowl.
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp salt
Add pepper flakes and salt, and toss to combine.
3 thyme sprigsArrange vegetables lat on a large cast iron skillet with thyme on top. Roast 30 mins.
4 oz turkey breast, sliced ½” thick
cooking spray
Lightly salt both sides of turkey. Take skillet from oven, spray veggies with oil, and turn them over. Put turkey on top of vegetables, and return to oven for 10 mins.
1½ Tbsp agrodolce** per person Plate vegetables, place the meat on top,+ dollop agrodolce over all. 
2 oz cranberries
¼ c red wine vinegar 2 oz sugar 
1 sprig thyme
Cook these in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are soft and sauce is thick and syrupy, ~35 mins.

Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………. single portion for Thursday:

cottage cheese
brandade + one 2-oz egg
Find a new favorite breakfast in Archivesgranulated garlic
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion for Monday:………………………….. single portion for Thursday:

soba or udon noodles + onionham + 1 cup oysters and their liquid
soy sauce + cabbagemilk + peas
sesame oil + carrot + scallionpotato starch + white wine
broccoli + roasted pork tenderloin70-calorie bread
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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