South Beach PHASE 1 Qualified ~ BLT TURKEY WRAP~

Everything in a nutshell that lead up to my wonderful BLT WRAP

I have tried losing weight every which way you can but the "only" way that works for me and allows me to still lead a "normal" life is the good ole South Beach Diet. I just went back on it 4 days ago and have already lost 3 lbs. I stay full on this diet because it really isn't a diet per se' but a life style. You simply "change" your life style to that of a person who stays as far away from carbs as possible. It is the easiest to shop for and if you are at someone's home for dinner or at a restaurant it is easy to live with. During the mid 70's thru the 90's we were pushed by doctors, advertising and the media to increase our carbohydrate intake. They told us it was healthy and restaurants catering to a cuisine of carbs began popping up all over the place across the nation. There were restaurants named PASTA something and even a popular clothing store in malls named PASTA. I shopped there, I know.

I've gotten off of my subject or reason for writing this little blog. I simply want to share with you something I have so often for lunch that is filling, nutritious, and best of all easy. I call it my BLT Lettuce Wrap.

I have loaded some photos below in the order of how I personally build my BLT and you can tweak it to suit your taste and do like me "put your own twist" on it.

Enjoy ~ Bon Appe'tit

INGREDIENTS:

1 Leaf green leafy lettuce

1 1/2 tsp - sandwich spread

1 piece deli meat

2 tsp Low Sodium Hormel real bacon bits

2 tsp sliced black olives or water chestnuts (optional)

2 tbsp grated mild or sharp cheddar cheese (low cal)

Pictorial of How to Make IT


Photo of most all the ingredient I use

In this photo you will see that I also substitute with Kroger brand of real bacon bits because I find them to be of just as good a quality and much lower priced.
In this photo you will see that I also substitute with Kroger brand of real bacon bits because I find them to be of just as good a quality and much lower priced.

Steps 1 & 2

1) Gather up a large outter leaf of the green leafy lettuce (it wraps easier then romaine - doesn't break) 2. ) Apply a light coat of your favorite sandwich spread all over inside of leaf.
1) Gather up a large outter leaf of the green leafy lettuce (it wraps easier then romaine - doesn't break) 2. ) Apply a light coat of your favorite sandwich spread all over inside of leaf.

Step 3

3) Add a nice big piece of deli luncheon meat. My favorite for this is oven baked turkey breast because it doesn't break apart like chicken does.
3) Add a nice big piece of deli luncheon meat. My favorite for this is oven baked turkey breast because it doesn't break apart like chicken does.

Step 4

4) Just begin adding your favorite things I slice one slice of tomatoe into two wedges and lie them on the turkey - see photo.
4) Just begin adding your favorite things I slice one slice of tomatoe into two wedges and lie them on the turkey - see photo.

Step 5

5) Sprinkle "real" LOW SODIUM bacon bits - Hormel now has very affordable bits that taste wonderful.  I also substitute with Kroger brand sometimes but do not find the Low Sodium in that brand.  Great quality though.
5) Sprinkle "real" LOW SODIUM bacon bits - Hormel now has very affordable bits that taste wonderful. I also substitute with Kroger brand sometimes but do not find the Low Sodium in that brand. Great quality though.

Steps 6 & 7

6)Add 2 tbsps grated cheddar cheese.  I personally like to add some slices of black olive - it gives it a little more body & bulks your wrap up so you really have something to sink your teeth into.
6)Add 2 tbsps grated cheddar cheese. I personally like to add some slices of black olive - it gives it a little more body & bulks your wrap up so you really have something to sink your teeth into.

Steps 8 & 9

Just roll it up like so.
Just roll it up like so.
Stick a tooth pick in it to help hold it together.
Stick a tooth pick in it to help hold it together.

Remember when they told us pasta was good for us, eat more?

For the last 3 decades pasta, spaghetti, linguini and don't forget the Italian bread were where it was at. Now, we know that this was a very very dangerous regimen, a recipe for disaster that rendered millions of people in the United States overweight and many of them diabetic. The South Beach diet is a very low glycemic diet that is wonderful to help protect your heart and to regulate your blood sugar level. As a matter of fact it was designed by a heart doctor for his heart patients. Losing weight on it is just an added perk that results from going on it. Recent studies have revealed that people that eat a low carb or no carb diet have different brain chemistry as a result and it prevents dementia & Alzheimer's disease. The best thing is the improvement begins taking place immediately upon ridding your diet of the nasty devils. I personally went back on it because I've gained 10 to 12 extra pounds recently that I want to get rid of but most importantly because I had began experiencing a very uncomfortable bloating in my upper digestive tract. I've learned that my body no longer produces the necessary enzymes to digest carbohydrates. At least not the simple carbs. I probably could take enzyme that would somewhat assist with that but after studying and doing a lot of research about just how bad carbs are for your overall well being I have decided to just completely eliminate them from my diet.

"You'll fall off the wagon" you say?

Oh sure once in a blue moon I will probably break down and indulge myself in a piece of key lime pie or something but it will certainly not be a way of life any longer and I'm certain that I will probably pay for it with discomfort immediately after consuming the delicacy. But, you have to have a little fun once in awhile.

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