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 J. L. Bowman who is now Following.

In 1905, Albert Einstein was a young married man with an infant child and a steady job in the Swiss patent office. When most people read that, they think right away ‘underemployed — isn’t that a shame.’ But he liked it that way. He had earned a PhD in Physics and said that the job gave him eight hours a day away from work to be out in nature with his family and to do what he wanted. Also, since the job was not demanding, he could while away the work hours thinking about whatever he wanted. And what he wanted to think about was physics. Galileo [see Feb. 14, 2012] and Newton [see 24 Dec. 2017] had laid the foundations of physics in the 1600s and nothing new was to be said. Lol. Einstein had been pondering relativity since he was 16 years old. Relativity involves how one person views a moving object relative to how another observer sees it. On September 26, Einstein published his first paper on the topic of relativity. An article in the Smithsonian describes it well and is worth reading. The most important idea in the paper is represented by the famous equation E = mc^2, which reads as “Energy [E] equals mass [m] multiplied by the speed of light [c] multiplied times the speed of light.” What does that mean? It shows the relationship between an object’s mass and the amount of energy it contains. This explains why the explosion of a single atom can release a lot of energy, and why when an atom bomb goes off, a huge amount of energy is given off. Thus Einstein previewed the Atomic Age of energy-production and of warfare. The equation also explains why an object, like the Starship Enterprise, could never travel at light speed. This is because as an object of mass speeds up, the faster it goes, the more energy is needed. At that rate, it will never achieve Warp 1, let alone faster than light speed which is 299,792,458 m / s. So it was that Einstein’s paper introduced us to the use of atomic power and to the age of space travel — in 1905, when people were still traveling by horse and had been using electricity for only a few years! He was indeed ahead of his time. And he worked this all out in his head, with his wife  Mileva Marić checking his math and being his sounding board.

Calories are a measure of energy, telling how much heat is released when anything [ex: food] is burned. How much energy is released depends on the type of food and the amount. Thus a jelly doughnut has a different amount of calories from a slice of watermelon. Let’s apply Einstein’s equation to our breakfast: How much energy would be released if all the atoms in our 56 g egg [mass] broke apart? 56g [m] multiplied by c^2 = 5,033,029,001 MegaJoules of energy!! Since 1 ton of explosives produces 4,184 MJ of energy, you get the picture. For dinner, we start with a quarter pound of scallops. I don’t want to do that calculation…..

Za’atar Bake: 140 calories 7.5 g fat 2.6 g fiber 7.5 g protein 11 g carbs 54 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beveragesPB GF Za’atar and hummus were made for each other, so combine them with eggs for breakfast. Yummy.

one 2-oz egg 1½ Tbsp hummus ¾ tsp za’atar 1 oz pear/apple   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]

Whisk the egg, then add the hummus and za’atar. Spritz an oven-safe dish or ramekin with non-stick spray and pour in the egg mixture. Bake at 350F. For 12-15 minutes – it should puff and be starting to brown. Prep beverages, plate eggs with fruit. That’s an easy preparation for a fine breakfast.

Curried Scallops: 244 calories 8.4 g fat 5 g fiber 21.4 g protein 12 g carbs 109 mg Calcium  PB GF  Our son used make his own Indian curry powder, which is fabulous-tasting. He has moved on to Thai curries, but we still cook with his original powder. These scallops are delicious and filling. It is Dear Husband’s recipe.

¼ pound sea scallops 2 Tbsp Indian curry powder ½ Tbsp butter cooking spray 1 Tbsp white wine 3 oz broccoli

Trim the scallops of the white tissue which may be on the side. Slice the scallops on the equator so that each disk is half its thickness. Pat them dry with paper towels. Sprinkle a plate with the curry powder and dredge the scallops in the powder, coating both top and bottom. Choose a heavy saute pan which is just large enough to hold the scallops in one layer. Heat the pan over medium heat. Add the butter and spray well with non-stick spray. Place the scallops in the melted butter and cook on one side. Turn over and cook further, adding some more non-stick spray if pan seems too dry. When the scallops are done [this takes very little time], remove to your plate. Turn down heat and add the white wine to the pan to deglaze it, scraping up brown bits. Pour over scallops and plate the broccoli. A very easy and special meal.

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