The Rubicon

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 leaneatinghacks who is now Following.

On January 10, 49 BCE, Julius Caesar had a decision to make. He had conquered Gaul, extending the Roman territory into modern France. This established him as an army general of note and a force to be reckoned with. Now it was time to return to Rome. He wanted to be hailed as a victorious general, heaped with praise and honor. But the Roman Senate was filled with his political enemies — instead of congratulations, they wanted to punish and exile him. Caesar and his legion were camped just north of a tiny river called the Rubicon. It marked the northern limit of the Roman Republic. To cross it with an army would be an act of war against the Republic. For Caesar, to cross it without an army would mean arrest and political defeat. He considered his options. It would be a gamble… Caesar is believed to have quoted a line from his favorite Greek playwright, saying: “Alea iacta est.” [in English, “Let the die be cast.”] He crossed the Rubicon.

Are you at a cross-roads about your health? Do you have a decision to make? Is your weight a concern? Or your cholesterol count? Are you concerned about being pre-diabetic? The choice is to do nothing [and risk serious health consequences] or to try 5:2 Fasting, which you are sure would be difficult for you. So try this: treat yourself to one Fast-style dinner this week and see how you like it. The recipe below is easy to prepare and puts a goodly portion of food on your plate. Go ahead, try it. Don’t have any pork? No problem! Substitute 6 oz of shrimp [making a two-person amount] in the same recipe. Cast the dice and be a winner.

Pork Noodle Quick-fry: 262 calories 8.5 g fat 5 g fiber 34 g protein 32 g carb 73.5 mg Calcium  PB Found on the back of a bag of soba noodles, this recipe is quick and easy and good to eat.  HINT: this is enough for TWO. Instead of soba noodles, you can use udon noodles.

2 oz Soba or Udon noodles 
1 qt water
Heat water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook 4 minutes. Drain, rinse, and cool.
3 oz cabbage OR 1 c snow peas
2 oz onion
1 cup [4 oz] carrot 
3 oz broccoli
Shred the cabbage and the carrot.
Slice the onion and chop the broccoli.
If using snow peas, remove the strings and leave whole.
1 tsp sesame oil cooking sprayHeat a heavy frying pan or wok. Add oil and heat it, then spray with cooking oil. Add vegetables and stir-fry 3 minutes.
5 oz roasted pork tenderloin  HINT: use pork which was cooked previouslySlice pork into ½” rounds, then slice cross-wise into sticks. Add 2-3 Tbsp water to the wok along with meat. Stir-fry 1 minute
2 oz scallions
1 Tbsp soy sauce
Slice scallions diagonally. Add to wok with soy sauce and cook until everything is hot.