100 Degrees

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.

There are several ways to think of “100 degrees”: 100 W, 100 F, 100 E, 100 C. 100 W refers to the line of longitude that is 100 degrees West of the Prime Meridian in Europe. That line neatly bisects Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In the USA, it marks the region where the prairie grasses of the Great Plains end and the High Plains of the mountainous West begin, as delineated by John Wesley Powell in 1878. Degrees are also a measure of temperature. Temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit can be found at Death Valley, California, as well as locations in Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Iran, Israel, and the storied city of Timbuktu in Mali. But these are peaks, not constant conditions. Living at 100F for prolonged periods of time is potentially fatal. As temperatures rise around the globe, more locations will experience periodic temperatures over 100F, with deadly results. According to NASA, the mean high temperature of Earth is currently at 59°C. 100 E refers to the line of longitude that is 100 degrees East of the Prime Meridian in Europe. It cuts through six Asian nations on its way from the North Pole to Antarctica. At the temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, water boils at sea level. [equivalent of 212F] That was the criterion for the establishment of the temperatures in the Celsius scale. At the other end, at the temperature of 0C, water freezes. [equivalent of 32F] The sensibleness of those numbers is what makes the Celsius Scale favored by scientists around the world. Only certain extremophiles can survive at 100C on Earth. The planet Mars, farther from the Sun and with a very thin atmosphere, has a mean temperature of -65°C. In contrast, the planet Venus, enswathed in greenhouse gasses, has a mean temperature of 464°C.

The longitude line 100 E goes through South-East Asia. Our breakfast derives from popular ingredients of that region. The longitude line 100 W goes through the Heartland of the United States where corn is grown and made into delicious soup.

Chili-Crab ScrOmelette: 155 calories 7.5 g fat 1 g fiber 17.5 g protein 8 g carbs 56.4 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages.  PB GF  The inspiration for this breakfast is a popular street food of Singapore and Malaysia. When I read the ingredients, I was inspired to add those flavors to eggs. Marvelous!!

1½ two-oz 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 Tbsp catsup ¾ tsp Thai red chili paste 1.5 tsp soy sauce ½ oz crab meat pinch garlic powder 1.5 oz strawberries   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]

Combine the catsup, chili paste, soy sauce, crab, and garlic, stirring well to mix thoroughly. Heat a non-stick pan and spritz with non-stick spray. Whisk the eggs with the seasonings and pour quickly into the pan. Put a lid on the pan and cook undisturbed until the eggs are cooked and set. Fold the eggs as you plate them with the berries. The beverages of your choice will round out the meal.

Chicken Corn Soup:  159 calories 4 g fat 2 g fiber 12 g protein 20 g carbs 21.6 mg Calcium  PB GF — if using GF bread. This is how they prepare it in South-Central Pennsylvania – homey and flavorful.  HINT: makes 4.5 cups. 1 serving = 1 cup.

2 ears of corn 1 ½ c potato, cubed 3 c chicken broth, homemade ½ onion 4 sprigs thyme ½ cup chicken meat, diced   per serving: ½ hard-cooked egg, diced + parsley opional: 1 slice [1 oz] sourdough bread [add 100 calories]

Pour the chicken broth into a sauce pan, adding the onion and thyme. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until it cooks down to 2½ cups. Let stand off heat. Put the corn in a skillet with water half-way up the sides of the ears. Cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes. Remove the corn and add the potato cubes to the water. Cook the potato for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove the potato from the water and save the cooking water. Chop the chicken and put it in the hot chicken stock to cook off the heat. Cut the kernals off the corn cobs and measure 1½ cups. Remove the thyme sprigs and the onion from the stock, and chop the onion. Put the corn and potato into the stock, along with the chopped onion and any thyme leaves you can remove from the boiled sprigs. Add ½ cup of the corn/potato water to the soup. Gently heat the soup until the chicken is cooked. Add salt + pepper to taste. Top each portion of soup with chopped hard-boiled egg and a bit of parsley. If you wish, serve with a slice of sourdough bread. This is truly the taste of Summer.

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

1 two-oz egg1 two-oz egg + yellow cornmeal 
kippered herringnon-fat milk + butter + sugar
reduced fat ricottascrapple + white whole wheat flour
dry mustard powder + applebaking powder + maple syrup
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

skim milk + onion + whole cloves + spinachfelafel patties + hard-cooked egg + dried dill
white whole wheat flour + butter + shrimpolive oil + lemon juice + cider vinegar
haddock + smoked haddock + bay leafbaby spinach + red cabbage + red onion
purchased puff pastry sheet + parsleypickled beets + plain yogurt + celery seed
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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