Saturday, February 27, 2016

Met Museum's Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom - Objects of Daily Life and Ceremony (1) + FOOD: The 1200 Calorie Diet

Flail of Hapiankhtifi
Met Museum's 
Ancient Egypt: 
The Middle Kingdom - 
Objects of Daily Life 
and Ceremony (Issue 1 of 2)
from a recent exhibition
at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art

During the Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (mid-Dynasty 11–Dynasty 13, around 2030–1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and re-imagined. Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II—the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom—was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly four hundred years.

In this issue and the next we take our final look at this massive exhibition, showing interesting objects depicting life during Ancient Egypt's Middle Kingdom.

The mummies were found in foetal positions lying on their left sides.

Baby's Feeding Cup

(Source: All photos were taken by ARTSnFOOD staff, with permission at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Text based on information furnished by the Met. Museum. This exhibition was the first comprehensive presentation of Middle Kingdom art and culture at The Met, featuring many objects never before been shown in the United States.)

The 1200 Calorie Diet!
& Fat Burning Foods! 

Weight Loss 
Meal Plan: 
The 1200 Calorie Diet
Reprinted from

For people who are looking to lose weight,one of the first things that they look into are weight loss meal plans. If you are one of the millions of Americans who has a weight problem, chances are that you have been eating in excess of two thousand calories per day with little to no physical activity. You know you need to change things in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle, and finding the right plan amid the vast sea of weight loss meal plans available today is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

For a great number of people, finding one of the 1200 calories weight loss meal plans that is best for them will be a good, viable solution. As long as you make this a balanced diet, possibly using vitamins and supplements, a 1200 calorie diet will give your body plenty of energy to carry on your daily activities as normal as well as being able to add in some form of exercise. If you go under 1200 calories per day with your weight loss meal plan, you will find that you are often too tired to make it through the day, your metabolism will slow down, and your body will stop burning off the excess fat that you are trying to get rid of in the first place. This is often related to a hibernation state as your body believes it is going into a similar state.

It goes without saying, but I am going to say it anyways: Make sure and consult with your doctor whenever you are considering any weight loss meal plans as you may have special conditions to take into account before starting any type of diet. Your age, your gender, the size of your body, and even the stress of your job and family situation also need to be accounted for when you are starting a weight loss routine.

Finding the Best Diet For You The key thing to look for when you are looking through weight loss meal plans is that it contains enough vitamin and nutrients to keep you alive and healthy. You need to have carbs, proteins, and even some fats in your daily diet in order for your body to function optimally. Here is the breakdown of how you should incorporate nutrients into your diet

  • 15% from proteins (meats, fish, soy products, etc)
  • 55% from carbohydrates (breads, pastas)
  • 30% from fats
  • < 10% from saturated fats
Obviously you won’t hit this dead on every single day, but you should strive to have your foods average out to these proportions over a week’s time. Once you are able to adjust your eating habits and eat healthier foods and less junk food, you will find that the cravings you have at the beginning will subside. The smaller portions of food will also fill you up faster and keep you full longer. It’s important not to cheat or else there are no weight loss meal plans that will help you out at all!
Sample Meal Plans Here are two samples of weight loss meal plans with 1200 calories that can get you started. If you use these as templates, you will be able to properly construct a diet plan that fits your needs.
Sample 1
  • Breakfast – 1 whole wheat muffin with a teaspoon of peanut butter and half of a banana
  • Mid-Morning Snack – An apple and a handful (5-10) almonds
  • Lunch – A turkey sandwich (2 pieces of whole wheat bread, two ounces of low-sodium turkey breast; one ounce of cheese, lettuce, tomato, one teaspoon of mustard) and an orange
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack – 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt
  • Dinner – Chicken breast (about 3 ounces, skinned, and boiled or baked), one cup of steamed broccoli, and two-thirds of a cup of brown rice
  • Snack – One cup of milk, two fat-free fig cookies
 Sample 2
  • Breakfast – 1 hard-boiled egg, 2 slices of whole wheat bread with low-cal, low-sodium butter, and a large slice of watermelon
  • Lunch – About 3.5 ounces of baked potato (approximately 1/2 of a potato), one half cup of baked beans, and about 3.5 ounces of reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • Mid-Afternoon Snack – A meal replacement bar of your choice
  • Dinner – Pasta salad mixed with olive oil and one 8 ounce can of tuna in water (not oil)
Guidelines As was stated above, these are just templates to help get you started. As a general guideline, you want to treat breakfast as an extremely important meal. It should contain about a quarter of your calorie intake for the day, and it should be eaten within an hour of waking up. A mid-morning snack should add around one hundred calories. Your lunch should be about 300 calories and you should have a small, 50 calories snack in the afternoon. Dinner will constitute your largest consumption of calories at around 450 or so.
Do not forget that all weight loss meal plans also contain a lot of water. It has no vitamins, calories, or nutrients, but it is vital to good health. If you drink bottled water, you should try to consume between 6-8 bottles per day. If you drink tap water, 6-8 glasses is about the same amount. This much hydration will ensure that you body is able to digest foods and also properly eliminate waste from your system. Try to replace soda and other drinks with water because this will reduce the amount of sodium in your diet.
Word of Caution I know I already stated this once, but I want to mention it one more time. Always consult with a doctor before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, a 1200 calorie weight loss meal plan is NOT enough nutrition for your body or for your infant. If you are severely obese, you might need a higher calorie plan. You also want to slowly add in physician-approved physical activity to make your weight loss healthier. Above all else, though, make sure and take note of all the weight loss meal plans out there so that you can find the one that is the best for you.


Until later,
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