The number one, first thing I hate when I decide to shed a few pounds – is people telling me “Oh please … you don’t need to loose any weight. You’re nuts.” If I’m deciding to put myself through the woes of dieting – I have a reason whether no one may see it or not.
No one likes to diet – it’s a pain in the butt. Weighing yourself on the scale daily, just to notice that you haven’t lost any weight is frustrating. Exercising daily (especially when you have RA and Fibromyalgia) can be challenging. But I have gained over 20 pounds in 7 months and knew that if I didn’t do something quickly – shedding more than 20 pounds would be even more challenging and daunting. So, I recently invested in NOOM – a weight-loss app that does more than count your calories.
It’s a whole new approach to dieting using psychology and personalized coaches that text you every few days. So far I’ve lost 3 lbs in about a week, and overall I’m pretty happy. Plus, it works in conjunction with my Fitbit® and Qardio® blood pressure cuff. Most of all, what I like best about this app is their food logging system. Food is easy to find and they give you a fair amount of calories to work with throughout the day. I’m very rarely hungry. It also is just encouraging me to eat healthy – the way I used to eat before I got married. I’m aware that NOOM comes with a post weight-loss program as well – to help people maintain a healthy weight, but I think just eating healthy for a few weeks/months could inspire me eat healthy again. Which is nice. Which is why I thought I’d share a relatively delicious lunch I’ve been making for myself as of late.
**Feel free to add more or less of an ingredient. My recipe is based on a specific calorie intake.**
Cucumber and Ham Pita Recipe
2 slices of Deli ham
1/2 of Whole Wheat Pita Pocket
1/2 of Organic Cucumber
1 tablespoon of Sabra Hummus (though I also really love Wegmans)
1 tablespoon of Helmann’s Light Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper to taste
This is seriously the easiest sandwich you’ll ever make, but it tastes so good.
1.) Mix hummus and mayo in a bowl and spread 1/2 on the inside of the pita. **You can also just spread the hummus inside the pita and save the mayo**
2.) Slice your cucumber into thin slices and pack them into the pita leaving just enough room for your ham.
3.) Take your deli ham and pack on top of cucumbers.
4.) Top with hummus/mayo mix or just mayo.
6) Season with salt and pepper.