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 SecretSheller who is now Following.

Born in Ireland in 543, and educated in the Celtic Christian traditions, Columbanus and 12 followers set off to Frankia to preach to the unbelieving. They landed in Brittany, then preceded to Burgundy where they met with mixed reactions. Over many years, the rulers variously welcomed then feuded with the Irishman. Columbanus founded three abbeys in Burgundy, spreading the Celtic Traditions and raising the ire of local bishops and abbots who were in line with the Roman Christian Traditions, who disliked the Celtic tonsure, and quibbled over the date of Easter. Exiled from Burgundy, he traveled with his followers to modern Germany, Switzerland, and northern Italy. He was welcomed in Milan and could have remained there, in earnest theological discussion with other worthies, but Columbanus loved the solitude of the countryside. Given land, he founded the Abbey of Bobbio. There he settled. Although a follower of Benedict, Columbanus shortened the lengthy Rule of Benedict to a mere 10 directions: absolute obedience; silence; fasting and only ‘poor food’ at a single meal; poverty; avoiding vanity; chastity; perpetual prayer; discretion; mortification; penance for breaking the Rule. Invited at last to return to Burgundy, he chose to stay at Bobbio until his death in 615. His abbeys became renowned centers of learning due to their extensive collections of books. Columbanus was hailed as a ‘European Saint,’ a ‘saint of all Europe’ due to the many countries he had visited.

Columbanus was a strict vegetarian, so our meatless [except for a little sausage] meals today would have pleased him. The apple dish for breakfast is in recognition of his landing point in Brittany. He would have loved the dinner and so might you.

Apple Flamusse:  223 calories 15 g fat 4 g fiber 17.5 g protein 68.5 g carbs 171.5 mg Calcium   NB: Food values given are for the plated foods only, and do not include the optional beverage.  PB  This fine French dessert doubles as a splendid breakfast. And since the recipe serves 4 [four], it will serve the family.

2 two-oz eggs 3 Tbsp sugar 40 g white whole wheat flour 200 ml milk 2¼ cup sliced apples 4 tsp butter 1 oz egg white   per serving: 1 chicken sausage [33 calories each]   Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water 

Tuna-Barley Salad:  230 calories 4 g fat 3.4 g fiber 26 g protein 23.6 g carbs 60 mg Calcium   PB GF  Here is a meal to fit any diet plan, with whole grains, vegetables, and heart-healthy tuna.  HINT: Serves 2 [two]

2 oz quick barley 5 oz can of white tuna, drained 5 oz grape tomatoes 1.5 oz white beans 4.5 oz baby spinach or baby lettuce 1 Tbsp Parmesan, grated   marinade: 2 tsp white vinegar + 1 tsp olive oil

Cook the barley and combine it with chunks of tuna. Put salad greens, beans, and marinade in serving bowl and toss. Add salt and gently toss in the barley-tuna to combine. Put tomatoes on top, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Gosh its good – and filling!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s