Mr. Pita by Sara Lee

For whatever reason, I cannot find an image of Sara Lee’s Mr. Pita to show you, but this is the best pita ever.

Normally commercially prepared pita bread is anywhere from 130 – 170 calories. Sara Lee’s pita bread is 90 calories for white and 80 calories for wheat. This is for the entire pita, not half like some other fakers out there. I discovered this amazing wonder at my last trip to the grocery store. I walked up to the pita section and I see this lady grabbing handfuls of bags of this pita. She had to have grabbed 20 bags of pitas. I thought, wow, this lady means business. So I waited till she was done and checked out the package to see what was so special about them. I was amazed at how low in calorie they were and grabbed a couple bags for myself. It is a good thing there were some left! I was so pleased that I almost followed her around the rest of the store to see what else she picked out.

The pita itself did not lose any of it’s deliciousness in the reduction of calories. It doesn’t taste any different to me than any other brand out there. I highly recommend it to you and would not personally buy another brand now that I have found this flat bready goodness.

I have made some lovely pita pizzas that I have been very pleased with.

Cheeseburger Pita Pizza
1 pita
1/8 lb ground beef
4 mushrooms
1 slice bacon
2 slices American cheese
1/2 tsp minced onion
1 tsp ketchup

363 calories, 16.3 fat, 7.8 g sat. fat, 1.4 g fiber, 31.5 g protein

Garlic Pita Naan
1 pita
1 tbsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp minced onion
1/2 tsp parsley
cooking spray

95 calories, 1 g fat, 18.6 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 3.1 g protein

I made the garlic naan recipe last night. It was a surprisingly perfect addition to my curry and was the inspiration for this post.

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I’m Hungry

Well, yes Dear, it’s a diet.

I was having my lunch, which included a whole wheat toasted cheese sandwich and Italian meatball soup (369 calories) and I read on Calorie Count.com the title of someone’s post was I’m Hungry. The only thing I kept thinking was, well, that’s good, you’re doing it right. I have lost a few pounds and since I started being serious about the amount of calories I am supposed to be eating, I admit, I have been going to bed hungry. I am in no way starving, but I have to deal with it. I mean I am going to make mistakes, anyone would when going through a lifestyle change, and anything is better than doing nothing, but I have to accept that I am going to be going to bed hungry for a while. When I see the number on the scale go down, it is completely worth it.

I started using Calorie Count.com as a dieting source back when I was at my heaviest in 2007. I really like a lot of the features and it is a good source of information with a lot of community features. The best part is that it is free. I paid for Weight Watchers and I did lose 10 lbs until I plateaued, but I stopped because spending the money was not enough of a motivating factor to get me to really take advantage of it. Calorie count is great because I don’t lose anything, other than weight, if I don’t use it. It is a great resource because it allows you to not only track your calories, but know how well you are doing nutritionally and gives you the information in multiple different ways: pie charts, graphs, personal recipe nutrition labels, and even grades.

However, all that withstanding, the only thing that helped me really lose weight is portion control and activity. It wasn’t until I moved to Europe and lived without a car on the 4th floor with only stairs did I lose weight. I didn’t even count calories. I was there 6 months and I lost 30 lbs. However, we can’t all up and go to Europe. I was also a student and couldn’t afford things like meat very often. I also couldn’t afford to go out to eat very often. I was also not used to their store hours and products, so if I forgot to go to the store to buy food for dinner, I didn’t eat and if I did it was whatever I had like nutella and walnuts or an egg. Since I was not familiar with the products I cooked with mostly things I could identify like vegetables and made the rest from scratch. Oh yes, I had my indulgences like french fries at least once a week smothered in mayonnaise and curry ketchup, but I walked everywhere and rode my bike when it was too far to walk. That and everything was within a 20 minute walk from where I lived.

When I came back to the states I couldn’t simply continue my lifestyle. I had to drive 45 minutes from where I lived just to get to work. Everything is so spread out here, you almost have to have a car. It is nearly 2 years later and I am right back where I started in 2007. I am fighting it though. Gaining 25 lbs in the first year back was hard. Losing it all again I have to accept will be even harder, but I am going to do it.

Milestones

I lost 3 lbs since I started my 1200 calorie diet last week. This is very exciting. I hope I can keep this momentum up.

I went shooting today and was pleased to discover that you burn 190 calories per hour shooting guns. So it supplemented the chicken philly and fries I had after going to the range. It is good to know that I can continue the cheese steak ritual even though I am on a diet. Though next time I could probably do without the fries.

BHG New Dieter’s Cookbook

I am currently using the Better Homes & Gardens New Dieter’s Cookbook to get most of my recipes. I spent a good amount of time in the bookstore looking over it before I bought it. I liked that all of the entrees were between 200-300 calories and all of the sides were 100-150 calories. I also liked that most of the entree recipes were enough food to fill you without the sides and most of the sides looked like they would make good entrees. I also liked that every recipe had a picture. Not just any picture, but a picture that looked appetizing.

I bought the book, picked a recipe, and went home and made it. I chose the Spinach Lasagna Rolls that were calculated at 214 calories per roll. I changed a few things. I used whole wheat noodles, fresh spinach, fat-free cottage cheese, no tomato sauce, no nutmeg, and added 2 sweet italian sausage links. I also thought that since it was so low in calories that I would have 2 rolls instead of 1. Though I have to say, 1 roll would have been enough especially since I served it with broccoli and mozzarella cheese.

My Version with Nutrition Info

It came out so good and I was very pleased that I bought the book.

Average

I am going to measure my progress in not only weight, but my measurements as well. Here are my starting stats. It is important to not rely so heavily on the scale. Since I plan to do some exercising, it is good to measure progress in inches rather than pounds.

My Stats

Age: 28
Height: 5’7″
Build: Average
Weight: 169
Over Bust: 41″
Full Bust: 42″
Rib Cage: 35″
Midriff: 33″
Waist: 32.5″
Hips: 42″

My goal is to lose 30 lbs in the next 8 months. That is about a pound a week. Losing 1-2 lbs a week is healthy. Any more than that and you run the risk of gaining it all back and more or developing other health risks.

My motivation is my wedding. I am somewhat happy with my weight/body. I just would like to look and feel better.

Yes, I am on a Diet and I Like to Eat

I am going to write about my experience with dieting. Basically, I am on a diet, but I like to eat. I have noticed that a lot of recipes out there do not include things like rice or pasta in the calorie content yet boast that the recipe is 300 calories. I also like things that taste good. Just because I am on a diet doesn’t mean that I should have to suffer. So, I am going to rebel against the common diet and start a riot. Are you with me?

The Fine Print

I am not a nutritionist nor do I have any sort of medical background. I am a 20-something with a desk job who likes good food and is not interested in exercising too much. All my recipes will be based on a 1200 calorie diet with most of my meals being between 200-400 calories. These recipes will taste good and they will be filling. They will not exclude starches where starches are necessary. Some recipes will be mine and some will either be based on or will come entirely from other sources and will be cited.