C.W. Post

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. Welcome to DiEdwards who is now Following.

You have heard of the Post Cereal brand, right? Now you will hear about the eponymous Mr. Post. He was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1854, and grew up there. After a couple of years at the Industrial University, C.W. went off to run a store in Kansas. Back in Springfield, he sold farm implements and invented a few, too. It was all too much for him and he had a mental break at age 31. Depression followed and another breakdown, which took Post to Battle Creek, Michigan to the sanitarium of Dr. Kellogg. Kellogg thought that better nutrition would cure anything and to that end he developed grain-based vegan foods. C.W. agreed and, believing himself cured, he developed some new foods for breakfast: Postum, a coffee substitute; Grape-Nuts cereal, with neither grapes nor nuts; and Post Toasties, a corn flake originally called Elijah’s Manna — a name that was banned in the UK. The Kellogg organization always said that Post stole their recipes, but Post’s Postum Company revolutionized breakfast in America. Post spent his new wealth on real estate, buying huge tracts of land in Texas to establish a model town of ranchers and farmers. At the same time, his marriage was going down hill as was his health. His depression was ongoing, not helped by chronic stomach pains. Great wealth and remarriage did not improve his condition and he shot himself in 1914. His daughter, Marjory Merriweather Post, gave her estate to Long Island University, which they turned into C.W. Post College.

While being treated at the Kellogg Sanitarium, Post was fed a vegetarian diet. Our breakfast fits into that category. The dinner is pescatarian, heavy on the veggies. Both are good and good for you.

Banana Tofu Smoothie: 182 calories 2 g fat 1.5 g fiber 9 g protein 32 g carbs 250 mg Calcium  PB GF  A smoothie for breakfast? Sure thing. This is what I always took for lunch when I was teaching. HINT: This serves two. 

1¼ cups fat-free milk ½ cup firm tofu 6” banana   2 Tbsp sugar  4 ice cubes grated nutmeg Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water 

Put everything in the blender and wizz it on “Low” until it is all chopped up. Then run it at a higher speed until it is smooth. Top with grated nutmeg.

Tuna-Bean-Garlic Patties: 270 cal 6 g fat 7 g fiber 31.6 g protein 23 g carb [22.4 g Complex] 110 mg Calcium PB GF The recipe is from the Fast Diet book, where it appears as a salad. This is my warm weather version, since the patties are served warm.  HINT: recipe serves 2 [two], each serving = two patties

1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed one 5-oz can light tuna in water, drained and flaked 4 oz tomato: 2 oz cubed, 2 oz left whole if bite-sized or sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated salt + pepper + thyme + parsley 3½ oz spinach or mixed greens 1 tsp lemon juice + 1 tsp white wine vinegar + 1 tsp olive oil

Set oven at 350 F. Combine beans, tuna, cubed tomato, garlic, and Parmesan cheese in a food processor. Process until smooth/not chunky. Add salt, pepper, and herbs to taste. Shape the mixture into 4 patties, using a 1/3-cup measure as a mold. Turn out onto a lightly-spritzed baking sheet or silicon baking mat. Bake at 375 F until heated through. Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil in a wide, shallow bowl. Add the greens and the remaining tomato. Toss lightly. Plate the salad decoratively with the tuna-bean patties.

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