Solstice Day

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.

Time was that the year was divided into four parts, delineated by the four observable solar events: Winter Solstice, Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox. It was very convenient that these dates could be observed by High Priests or Holy People, since no one had a calendar handy on the wall. Having mileposts on your journey through time help you to mark your way. For herders, the mileposts told you when to move the flocks to grazing in a different location. For farmers, when to plant, when to store up for cold weather. These were also festival days, dedicated to deities of the Sun or deities of the Crops. Sometimes the parties lasted for days! The Sun’s rays will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn on December 21: the moment of the Solstice. This year, on December 22, the Southern Hemisphere will be enjoying its longest day for the first full day of Summer. At the same time, the Northern Hemisphere will be experiencing its shortest day on the first full day of Winter. People here in the North sometimes shiver with dread at the idea of the longest night, but wait! After the Winter Solstice, the days get longer. The converse is true for the beach-going residents of the Southern Hemisphere. All of this season-changing, daylight-changing is due to the tilt of the Earth at 23 degrees from vertical. If the Earth tilted less, seasons would be less pronounced, and the reverse if the Earth were to tilt more. The Wheel turns. The Earth stays true in its orbit. The Sun gives us light. Happy Solstice.

December 22nd will be the first full day of Winter/Summer. Our meals honor both the Summer and the Winter Solstices. It is fun to have special meals to mark events, be they astronomical or cultural. Make the day an occasion!

Summer Solstice Eggs: 140 calories   8 g fat 2 g fiber 10 g protein 7 g carbs 64 mg Calcium   NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages.  PB GF  When a Fast Day falls on or near the Summer Solstice, it calls for a breakfast to mark the occasion. The scallions, or ‘Spring Onions’, are an obvious choice for the departing season and nothing says Summer like tomatoes and basil. The strawberries straddle the seasons.

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 oz scallions [2 large], sliced diagonally 2 oz strawberries 2 oz tomatoes, cherry or standard [I used cherry tomatoes, sliced cross-wise] 2 Tbsp fresh basil, sliced across the leaf  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]

After prepping the vegetables and basil [HINT: I did this the night before], put them into a hot saute pan which has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Season them and put a lid on the pan while they heat and soften. Whisk and season the eggs, remove the lid, and pour the eggs over the vegetables in the pan. Cook, undisturbed, until the eggs are done to your liking. Plate the fruit and pour your choice of beverages. Say goodbye to Spring as you welcome Summer.

Winter Solstice Pizza: 283 calories 10 g fat 3 g fiber 16 g protein 16 g carbs 224 mg Calcium   PB  On the Winter Solstice, we like to prepare a pizza with elements of the season past [mushrooms and olives represent Fall] and of the season to come [cured meats stand in for Winter].

1 whole wheat tortilla [Herdez-brand 8” Fajita-style Tortilla is what I use], must be 170 calories or less 1.5 Tbsp crushed tomatoes + pinch granulated garlic 1 oz mozzerella cheese, grated 1 oz mushrooms [2 Tbsp] 1/3 oz prosciutto 1 Tbsp onion, chopped 1 calamata olive, quartered

Heat the oven to 400 F. Spread the tortilla with the crushed tomato sauce and garlic. Chop the prosciutto roughly and combine it with the mushrooms, onion, and cheese. Distribute over the pizza shell. Sprinkle with herbs, crushed red pepper, or other seasonings to taste. Dot with olive bits. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Light some candles and enjoy pizza on the longest night of the year.

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

1 two-oz egg + 70-calorie whole-grain bread1.5 two-oz eggs + apple
corn kernels + diced tomato + red bell pepperheavy cream
red onion + cider vinegar + dry mustardsugar + cinnamon
turmeric + sugar + ground cumin + apple butter + peach
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

delicata squash + chili powderhard, rounded stones, such as granite or basalt
Bison chili ; ground bison + canned tomatoes beef + carrot + cabbage
garlic + red onion + red or black beansparsnip + Green beens + red potato
green bell pepper + ground cumin + melonspinach + White beans + herbs
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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.

Every December the sun stands still.  HUH?? Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the days have been getting shorter and the sun is lower and lower in the sky at noon.  Then the sun stops going lower and becomes higher in the sky every day. The time at which this occurs is called a “Solstice‘ from the latin words for ‘sun stands.’  In ancient times, people feared the winter darkness and rejoiced with feasting and fires on the day of the Solstice.  How did they know when it would occur? That’s what solar calendars like Stonehenge are for.  Light a fire if you wish, and then celebrate by eating quiches that look like little suns and a dinner from sunny Senegal.  And now the days get longer.

Breakfast Quiche:  281 calories   7.7 g fat   3.3 g fiber   15 g protein  37.6 g carbs   350 mg Calcium PB GF This versital recipe can be prepared for breakfast, as shown here; can be used at dinner; or can be tripled [to make 12 mini-quiches] to serve as part of a brunch. TIP: Each quiche clocks in at 68 calories, so one serving is two quiches.quiche w: melon-Bbs

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                                                          1 Tbsp ricotta, drained if too liquid                                                                                                                        2/3 oz mozzerella cheese, grated                                                                                                                      2/3 oz Jarlsburg cheese, grated                                                                                                                                        1 oz broccoli                                                                                                                                                                                                1/3 oz onion                                                                                                                                                                              herbs, salt, pepper to taste                                                                                                                                           1.5 oz melon, cubed  +   2 Tbsp blueberries                                                                                                                     black coffee or black tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                             5-6 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie

Get out your mini-muffin pan and spray 2 holes with non-stick spray. If the vegetables are raw, chop them and put into a microwave-safe dish with some water. Cook on high for 45 seconds or until tender. Drain water and put vegetables into the muffin pans. Top with grated cheeses. Whisk the egg with the ricotta and seasonings. Pour into the muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Prepare the beverages and fruits. So pretty.

Senegal Tuna-Avocado Salad:   264 calories   14.6 g fat   6.4 g fiber   13.2 g protein  18 g carbs 29.8 mg Calcium  PB GF   This is my version of Avocat Creole which I enjoyed at Bissap Baobab, an excellent Senegalese restaurant in Oakland, CA. Senegalese Tuna:Avocado Salad2.5 oz white/Albacore tuna                                                                                                                                    2 Tbsp celery, minced                                                                                                                                       pinch or 2 ground ginger                                                                                                                                       ½ tsp lime juice                                                                                                                                                 Sriracha sauce                                                                                                                                                         ¾ oz apple, diced  TIP: most recipes use mango, but the apple is wonderful!                              1/2 tsp mayonnaise made with olive oil                                                                                                                   2 oz avocado                                                                                                                                                               2 Tbsp radish or alfalfa sprouts   [optional]                                                                                                                        4 oz cherry tomatoes                                                                                                                                                          ¼ oz [½ cup] baby spinach leaves                                                                                                                   aioli:  1 tsp mayonnaise made with olive oil + Sriracha

Lightly combine the tuna with the celery, ginger, dash of Sriracha, lime juice, apple, and ½ tsp mayonnaise. Arrange the spinach leaves in the center of the plate and mound the tuna on top. Slice the avocado and layer on top of the tuna. Mix remaining mayonnaise with Sriracha to taste and drizzle the aioli over the avocado. If the cherry tomatoes are not bite-sized, cut in half. Place tomatoes around the edge of the plate and sprinkle with sprouts. A fine meal when you want a taste of lands where the sun shines brightly.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs         1 oz apple or pear
  pear or apple  crab meat
Yorkshire Pudding [white + whole wheat flours] soy sauce   +  hot sauce +scallion   +  ginger 
50-calorie chicken breakfast sausage  Mushrooms
 mung bean sprouts
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:

 pork tenderloin, raw or cooked  4 oz beef or calf liver
 apples  green beans
 chicken stock  onion
 Béchamel sauce [Sidekicks I, 17 Sept 2017]  butter
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