I have been on a weight loss kick since August 2010. I’ve lost about 20 pounds so far and still have about 10-15 more pounds to lose. It’s been difficult. Actually, that’s an understatement. It’s been REALLY difficult, especially because I love to eat… and all I want to ever do is eat. I also loved to not do anything but sit on the couch and watch endless amounts of Food Network, HGTV, the Travel Channel (only if it about food), and the Bravo channel. My life was very sedentary and FULL-filling. I went to the gym one day in August, got on the scale, and almost had a heart attack. I realized I was at my heaviest, which made complete sense, because my “fat clothes” were starting to become a little snug on me. So it finally occurred to me that I needed to lose some weight or else I was putting myself at serious risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. All of which runs in my family. Eek!
So here I am, twenty pounds lighter, and still going. I’ve really cut down my portion sizes, and eating a lot healthier than I used to. I’ve also reduced buying out for lunch by about 90% while at work, which I feel has helped me significantly! In fact, packing my lunch and dinner (I work 12 hour shifts) has forced me to get creative with making healthier, yet enjoyable recipes. I’ve experimented with many different kinds of salads for lunch. Unfortunately, I was as creative as I was getting, I started to get bored with salads. So my new obsession is the veggie wrap that I came up with recently.
Just in case you’re wondering, I still occasionally enjoy my favorite foods. Moderation is the key to success. Who ever said you had to completely cut out all those unhealthy foods was wrong! If that were true, I would have failed my diet by now.
Vegetarian lavash wrap with Tofutti and Hummus
2 whole wheat lavash
1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 roma tomato, seeded, thinly sliced
2 medium-sized artichoke hearts (in water), chopped or sliced
1 small carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
1/2 avocado, sliced
Baby lettuce mix (or whatever you have on hand)
4 tablespoons Tofutti cream cheese
4 tablespoons of your favorite hummus
Spread 2 tablespoons of toffuti and hummus onto the middle of the lavash. Top each lavash with thinly sliced bell peppers, sliced tomatoes, artichoke hearts, carrots, 1/4 of the sliced avocado, and a little lettuce mix. Roll each of them up tightly and cut in half on a diagonal.
Makes 2 servings.