Breakfasts on the Wall

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.                       Welcome to Organic Tree who is now Following.

We all like to go on vacation: to visit new places and have new experiences. It has been said that “Travel is broadening.”  But that can be a problem — you go on a great trip and come back with several extra pounds.  Often the reason given is that “when you stay in a hotel, you have to eat off the menu and therefore you can’t possibly continue to Fast.”  I’m here to argue against that.  Two years ago, I went on a hiking trip with our cousin and her son. The Hadrian’s Wall Path is 84 miles long. We started on the East end [Wallsend, Northumberland] and walked to the West end [Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria].  And all along the way we stayed in a variety of places: from hotels to inns to holiday parks. The Wall and the Wall Path were truly  amazing: a wonderful walk through beautiful countryside and pretty villages.  We hiked 8 days, ranging from 5 to 19 miles per day.  Can you Fast while on vacation? Yes.  Can you Fast and still go hiking? Yes. It was great. End of the Trail The trip covered two Fast Days and here are some of my breakfast choices for the week:

2-3gg omelette on the road

A two-egg omelette ordered off the menu with a side of mushrooms and a cup of coffee was just what I needed at the  Benkinsopp Castle Inn in Brampton.

 

In East Wallhouses, at the Robin Fasting on the TrailHood Inn, scrambled eggs on toast became the perfect start to a day on the Path. This is similar to a meal we would have at home a Fast Day. [The extra pieces of toast were not eaten.]

 

 

English Breakfast on the Trail

Of course at some point in England one will be served the Full English Breakfast, as we were at the Gilsland Spa Hotel in Brampton. This can be a temptation for a real pig-out, but I opted for lots of protein and some fruit yogurt.

No Fooling!

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.                                                                                                                       Welcome to claridad who is now Following.

Tomorrow will be April 1st — April Fools’ Day.  What is the origin of that expression?  Why is that day a time for playing tricks?  The most widely-held origin story relates to the switch [anytime from the 1500s to the 1900s] from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.  There was a 14-day gap [akin to the clocks ‘springing forward’ to Daylight Savings Time] and what had been the start of the new year on March 25 was now on April 1. Confusing to anyone to be sure, but those who got it wrong were labeled ‘fools.’  In France, the butt of a prank is called a ‘poisson d’Avril’ [April fish], since the young fish are foolish enough to be caught more easily.[??]  A popular joke is to tape a picture of a fish to someone’s back.  [At least it doesn’t say ‘kick me.’]   What is your favorite prank for April 1?                                                                                                                        We will not be fooled — we will know that April 1, 2019 will be a Fast Day and we will be ready for it.  Neither will we be fooled by other diets which promise great results and can’t deliver.  Today’s menus include fish so that you can eat the Poisson d’Avril rather than being one.  Interested in the Mediterranean Diet? I’m not kidding: these meals are for you.

Brandade Bake:  145 calories  8.3 g fat  1.2 g fiber  11.2 g protein  4.3 g carbs  [2.8 g Complex] 44.8 mg Calcium  NB: The food values shown are for the egg bake and the fruit, not for the optional beverages.   PB GF  The food of Southern France, brandade is worth trying. Here it is at breakfast, all creamy and garlicy.Brandade Bake w: peach:b-b

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                               ½ Tbsp cottage cheese                                                                                                                                 1 Tbsp brandade [see St Bernard, posted 19 August 2018]                                                                shake or more of granulated garlic                                                                                                      1 oz peach slices + ½ oz blueberries                                                                                           Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                            Optional:  5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Cream together the cottage cheese, brandade, and garlic. Whisk in the egg. Bake in a lightly-spritzed oven-proof dish or ramekin at 350° F. until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. With the fruit and beverages, you have a fine start to the day.

Fish with Polenta & Zucchini Ribbons:  261 calories   5.6 g fat  3.9 g fiber   32 g protein 23 g carbs [Complex]   225 mg Calcium  PB  The polenta needs to be made ahead. Simple to prepare and delicious and filling [even though I forgot to add the cheeses!].Fish w: Polenta & Zucchini Ribbons

1 slice of polenta [that’s 1/6 of the recipe from SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, ’17]                                                  3 oz zucchini ribbons                                                                                                                                       1 oz roasted red peppers                                                                                                                   1 clove garlic                                                                                                                                     2 Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                      4 oz firm fish filets, skinless and boneless                                                                                       large pinch herbes de Province or thyme                                                                                            1 Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                                                                        ½ oz mozzerella, grated

Slice the garlic as a julienne. Using a potato peeler, make lengthwise cuts on the zucchini to produce thin ‘ribbons.’  Alternately, use a spiralizer.  Cut the slice of polenta in half so it is about 1/3” thick. Heat a heavy skillet and spray with a non-stick product. Lay the fish on the skillet and sprinkle with pepper and and salt. Cook on one side, then flip to the other. Add the polenta to the pan at this point. Cook it in the hot pan on both sides until it is warm and beginning to brown. Remove cooked fish and polenta and keep warm. Put the garlic in the pan and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the other vegetables, herbs, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Stir to combine until everything is warm, about 45 seconds – the zucchini will be just barely cooked. Plate the fish and polenta slices, spoon the vegetables around the polenta, then sprinkle with mozzerella.

No Hoax

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                            Welcome to RoadtoaHealthierLife who is now Following.

The Piltdown Man was one of the great scientific hoaxes ever.  In the years after Darwin’s proposal of the evolution [‘Descent’] of man, both supporters and detractors were hunting for fossil evidence that humans did or didn’t develop from a ‘lower form of life’ — something between an ape and a man. And then it was discovered!!  In a quarry near Piltdown, Sussex, England, in 1912, Charles Dawson unearthed a modern skull with an ape-like jaw and said it was from half a million years ago.  In 1925 and 1937, the discovery was called into question. But the story really unraveled in the 1950s when the skull was analyzed with modern techniques, showing that the bones were not from the same species, nor were they 500,000 years old. Poor old Piltdown, consigned to the rubbish-bin of has-beens.

There have been many pranks in science, but the Fast Diet is not one of them.  Does it work for everybody? Apparently not. But for the many successful Fasters, it is no hoax.

Here is an article from early 2013, which asks if the Fast Diet actually works. I can tell you that it does.  https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/news-analysis-does-the-52-fast-diet-work/

In 2016, Johns Hopkins evaluated the Fast Diet to examine the benefits: https://www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/spring-summer-2016/articles/are-there-any-proven-benefits-to-fasting

In 2018, a Muslim-oriented website touted the benefits of Fasting as a demonstration of faith and how the 5:2 plan fits into their religion. https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2018/5/14/the-surprising-health-benefits-of-fasting

The benefits of Fasting for the health of your heart were explored in this article:https://www.labroots.com/trending/cardiology/8333/5-2-fasting-diet-benefits-heart

Results show that Fasting has real benefits for diabetics and pre-diabetics. http://www.unisa.edu.au/Media-Centre/Releases/2018/World-first-study-shows-benefits-of-52-diet-for-people-with-diabetes/

And my favorite, the discussion of how Fasting can help you to live longer. Hooray! https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/01/health/fasting-longevity-food-drayer/index.html

Have a good Fast Day tomorrow and join me on a journey to health.

 

Computing

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                                                                                  Welcome to Yummy-ciouss who is now Following.

Have you ever heard of Charles Babbage ? NO?!? The fact that you are reading this on a computer should give you a clue… On June 21, 1822, Babbage proposed his Analytical Engine, Difference Machine II which eventually lead to the development of modern computers.  The inspiration for his machine came from a weaving loom developed in France in 1804 by Joseph Marie Jacquard The loom required cards with holes punched in certain locations to “program” where the threads would cross over or under. So Babbage designed a machine with ‘punch cards‘ [those of us of a certain age will remember those with distaste].  It was not actually built until 1991.  If you watch the video about the Analytical Engine, you might see a similarity to the machine in the film The Imitation Game about WW2 code-breakers. Interesting coincidence: Babbage was also a code-breaker.

When dieting, there are several numbers that are worth computing. Using the calculations below, you can tell if your weight is in the ‘normal’ range, and how many calories to eat each non-Fasting day to achieve the weight you want to be.

Fun Fact: There are 3500 calories in one pound of fat. But I’ve read that you need to burn 7000 calories to lose one pound.  What do we need to know to do that? Read on:

BMI =  Body Mass Index, according to the NIH, is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.  This is a rough way to calculate if you are obese, over weight, or normal weight. It works less well for people with a lot of muscle [athletes or body builders] and those with less muscle [older people with sarcopenia]. To Calculate: divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared; then multiply the result by a conversion factor of 703.                                                 The formula is: BMI = weight in pounds / [height in inches x height in inches] x 703.

BMR = Basal Metabolic Rate which says how many calories your body uses up by simply existing.  When you sleep or sit down to read, you are still burning calories, and that is what this measures.                                                                                                                                To calculate it for males: BMR = (height in centimeters x 6.25) + (weight in kilograms x 9.99) minus (age x 4.92) + 5.                                                                                                                    For females: BMR = (height in centimeters x 6.25) + (weight in kilograms x 9.99) – (age x 4.92) minus 161.                                                                                                                                        Do the calculation twice: once using the WEIGHT YOU ARE and once using the WEIGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE.

TDEE = Total Daily Energy Expenditure  This looks at how much energy your body uses [BMR] and your physical activity level [PAL] to calculate how many calories per day you could eat in order to lose weight. It is better to be conservative in your activity level.  For weight loss, use the BMR number based on the WEIGHT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE.

My TDEE = 1450 calories for Slow Days [our droll little name for Non-Fast Days]                     Do I ever exceed that? Sure I do! Holidays, birthdays, other celebrations. But then there will be a Fast Day to correct for it.  Do I obsessively count calories every day? No. By now I pretty much know what and how to eat to stay on track: wholesome, home-made, locally-sourced, real food in sensible portions.

Sedentary
Little or no Exercise/ desk job
TDEE = 1.2 x BMR
Lightly active
Light exercise/ sports 1 – 3 days/ week
TDEE = 1.375 x BMR
Moderately active
Moderate Exercise, sports 3 – 5 days/ week
TDEE = 1.55 x BMR
Very active
Heavy Exercise/ sports 6 – 7 days/ week
TDEE = 1.725 x BMR
Extremely active
Very heavy exercise/ physical job/ training 2 x/ day
TDEE = 1.9 x BMR

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1 two-oz egg + 1 egg white
  1 oz scrapple rhubarb
 scallion  flour +  sugar
 fat-free vanilla yogurt  milk  +  baking powder
 raspberries  Canadian Bacon [back bacon]
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 shaved rare roast beef  beets
 provolone cheese  potatoes
 onions  egg
 potato bread  Canadian bacon/back bacon
 broccoli  onion
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Fish or Cut Bait

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

So we are into early March now, 67 days into 2018.  Remember 3 months ago — when you resolved that you would finally take action to lose some weight?  How’s that going for you? Well the time is now:  Fish or cut bait! Or as Yoda said, “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'” The Fast Diet [aka: 5:2 diet, IF] is the one to ‘try.’  And to stay with for the rest of your life.  To paraphrase Charles Dederich, ‘Tomorrow is the 1st day of the rest of your life.’  Tomorrow is also the anniversary of the patenting of the telescoping fishing pole. In honor of our fishing theme, both breakfast and dinner will contain fish:  healthy and nutritious!  To obtain that fish, someone had to fish.  Make up your mind to improve your health by losing weight on the Fast Diet.

Maritime ScrOmelette:  307 calories   8.7 g fat   2.5 g fiber   20 g protein   33 g carbs [27.8 g Complex Carbs]   244 mg Calcium   PB GF   Between the salt cod and the potatoes, this breakfast is a taste of the Canadian Maritimes. And then you add the cheddar to kick it into high gear.  Flavor-packed.Maritime ScrOmelette w: melon

1 ½ 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                                                                                                    ¼ oz salt cod                                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp mashed potatoes  OR  1.5 tsp instant potato flakes                                                                                                                                       1/8 oz Cheddar cheese                                                                                                                                         ½ tsp savory                                                                                                                                                                1 oz melon                                                                                                                                               blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                   5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

The night before, put the salt cod in a bowl of water for 30-45 minutes. Drain and cut or flake the fish into small pieces.                                                                                                                                In the morning, stir the cod, potatoes, and Cheddar together. Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan and spritz it with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs and pour into the pan. As the eggs start to cook, scramble in the cod mixture along with savory, salt, and pepper Cook as long as you like. Prepare the beverages and plate the fruit. Listen to some good fiddle music.

Fish & Polenta with Zucchini Ribbons:  261 calories  5.6 g fat  3.9 g fiber  32 g protein  23 g carbs [Complex]  225 mg Calcium  PB  The polenta needs to be made ahead. Simple to prepare and delicious and filling [even though I forgot to add the cheeses!].Fish w: Polenta & Zucchini Ribbons

1 slice of polenta [that’s 1/6 of the recipe from SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, ’17 ]                                              3 oz zucchini ribbons                                                                                                                                             1 oz roasted red peppers                                                                                                                                       1 clove garlic                                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp crushed tomatoes                                                                                                                                     4 oz firm fish filets, skinless and boneless                                                                                                 large pinch herbes de Province or thyme                                                                                                           1 Tbsp Parmesan, grated                                                                                                                                                    ½ oz mozzerella, grated

Slice the garlic as a julienne. Using a potato peeler, make lengthwise cuts on the zucchini to produce thin ‘ribbons.’ Cut the slice of polenta in half so it is about 1/3” thick. Heat a heavy skillet and spray with a non-stick product. Lay the fish on the skillet and sprinkle with pepper and and salt. Cook on one side, then flip to the other. Add the polenta to the pan at this point. Cook it in the hot pan on both sides until it is warm and beginning to brown. Remove cooked fish and polenta and keep warm. Put the garlic in the pan and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the other vegetables, herbs, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Stir to combine until everything is warm, about 45 seconds – the zucchini will be just barely cooked. Plate the fish and polenta slices, spoon the vegetables around the polenta, then sprinkle with mozzerella.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg    +  strawberries 1 Pan Muffin [Not by Bread, Feb 7, ’18]
 Gruyere cheese  pear        +      chicken
 roasted vegetables  radish
 marinara sauce [SAUCY, Dec 6 ’17]  cucumber
 Worcestershire sauce  Medjool date
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 4 oz white fish  Canadian or back bacon
 1/2 slice bacon chicken breast
 Parmesan   +  carrots  romain lettuce
 cherry tomatoes  oregano [Mexican or Greek]
 Brussel sprouts  Parmesan
 cauliflower  olive oil & lemon juice
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Ready for Summer?

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: eat these meals tomorrow and eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Yeah, I know:  we are only two weeks into Spring, is it really time to think about Summer?  Yup, you bet. Think about the clothes you will be wearing. And how you want to look while wearing them.  Now think about what you’ve been eating lately…  Is there a disconnect between your wishes for a Healthier You and what you are doing about it?  Have you ever calculated your BMI? That can be an eye-opener. Do you know how many calories to eat daily if you want to get to your Target Weight? This link will help you: https://thefastdiet.co.uk/how-many-calories-on-a-non-fast-day/ Time to get started!  Today’s meals are full of summer ingredients and flavors. Get on board with Fasting.  This article will give you some more tips about getting ready for warmer weather: http://www.today.com/health/slim-down-summer-3-tips-long-term-weight-loss-success-t89401

Mediterranean Bake: 288 calories 8 g fat 2.4 g fiber 14.6 g protein 38.5 g carbs 234 mg Calcium PB GF Oh! Those sunny flavors!Mediterranean Bake

one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                 3 Tbsp Mediterranean Vegetables  see  SIDEKICKS II Oct 4, 2017 for the recipe                                         1 Tbsp chèvre cheese                                                                                                                                            salt  +  pepper  +  large pinch of herbes de Province                                                                                     2 oz applesauce/apple/melon                                                                                                                             6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider                                              blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Set the toaster oven at at 350 degrees F. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray [this was baked for two servings in a 5×7″ oven-proof dish] and spoon in the Med. Veg. Pop the ramekin in the warming toaster oven for 30 seconds to warm the vegetables. Whisk the egg with the cheese and seasonings. Pour in the egg mixture over the vegetables and bake in the toaster oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Brew your warm beverage; shake and pour the smoothie; plate the fruit. A fine way to anticipate the joys of Summer.                                                                                                                                     

Pomelo/Grapefruit-Shrimp Salad:   255 cal    6.3 g fat   3.7 g fiber    22.3 g protein     28 g carbs 93.5 mg Calcium     PB GF     The pomelos were ripe in our son and daughter-in-law’s garden, so I used some to make this meal. The recipe is from Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.   If you can’t find pomelos, use grapefruit instead. I’ll be perfectly honest: although I enjoyed this meal and found it to be delicious, my chief taster thought it was bitter. Some people are more sensitive to certain tastes than others. Next time, I’ll use grapefruit.pomelo-shrimp salad w: chips + romaine

1 Tbsp fish sauce                                                                                                                                                   1.5 Tbsp lime juice                                                                                                                                               1.5 tsp brown sugar                                                                                                                                                      1 cup grapefruit or pomelo segments                                                                                                                    1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut                                                                                                                                1/4 oz dry roasted peanuts                                                                                                                                    2 tsp chopped shallot                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup fresh mint                                                                                                                                                  1/4 tsp Thai chile sauce  or Sriracha                                                                                                                    3 oz shrimp, cleaned — I used tiny cold water shrimp. If you use larger shrimp, cut them into smaller pieces.                                                                                                                                                1 large leaf romaine lettuce                                                                                                                             some chopped scallion

Mix the fish sauce, lime juice and brown sugar in an oven-proof bowl.    Add the shrimp and let marinate.     Toast the coconut in a dry skillet until just beginning to brown. Peel and segment the pomelo/grapefruit and remove pulp from the membranes. Put the shrimp and marinade into the microwave and heat until cooked. Gently combine the shrimp, marinade, pomelo, coconut, peanuts, shallot, mint, and chile sauce in a wide bowl. Put the lettuce leaf on the plate and fill it with the salad. In the photo, you see some colorful chips. Those are veggie chips by Terra which add a nice crunch and a few more calories to the meal. Omit if you wish, but do not substitute potato chips!