I have fairy-tale memories about my childhood in Siberia Far East. My father caught wild salmon by buckets and then smoked it himself. We went on family picnicks, berries and mushroom harvest to majestic dark forests. We had a barrel of sauerkraut, a barrel of pickles, a barrel of pickled mushrooms, which my father prepared in the fall.

He was a Russian Siberian, his ancestors were sent there from Poland by Tsar. Not only they learned how to survive in the harsh climate, where winter starts in October and lasts till the end of May. They were healthy and lived long, some of my ancestors died at 111 and 114 years old.

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As you know, counting calories is a method widely used by nutritionists to understand how much food is needed for healthy eating. You can find calorie spreadsheets on all the packaged food items in the supermarket. And with all of the information available, it’s still quite complicated to figure it how much to eat. How did we live before we started counting calories?

The history of what, how and where calorie counting started is very interesting: What is a calorie? A unit measuring the heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius. The term was introduced by the French chemist, Nicolas Clement-Desmier (1779-1841). Please pay attention to the century he lived in.

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