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Pillsbury Food Challenge 
Oct. 15, 2011 2:28 pm 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2011 6:03 am
I cook from scratch most of the time, and I've been trying very hard to lose some weight, and get in shape. My doc told me he would give me one year to bring my cholesterol down without meds and I am 6 months into it. The thing is that my cholesterol isn't awful, but my genes are terrible, and even though I eat a pretty good diet - he's uncomfortable with where it is vs what I eat and thinks I am fighting my bad genes. I eat no red meat, very limited dairy, and loads of fresh veggies and fish, yet I am still pushing it. So I have added exercise and been stricter about my diet than I used to be by cutting out most eggs, which I used to eat a lot of, and more dairy. The occassional butter is a thing of the past...
So how does this relate to Pillsbury? I love the Pillsbury crescents, but gave those up too. This month Pillsbury was a featured brand partner for the Allrecipes Brand Ambassador program. I was forced to eat crescents. However, I decided to go ahead and try the reduced fat ones, which I have never tried before. So I made two Pillsbury recipes:
1. Pulled Chicken Crescents
2. California Crescent Sandwiches

Let me start by saying, I liked the reduced fat crescents, but I didn't love them. I was surprised that they actually stuck to the pan, regular crescents never do that! If I am going to splurge on crescents again, I think I will go whole hog, but make sure that there is someone else around so I don't eat the whole can myself.
We really enjoyed the Pulled Chicken Crescents, and the man has requested them again - how can you go wrong with BBQ chicken and cheese? I did use my favorite BBQ sauce - Sweet Baby Ray's Chipoltle.
We did not however love the sandwiches. The idea was good, but it was a lot of work for a sandwich, and I felt that it wasn't the best use of my crescent allowance. It ends up being 2 rolls per sandwich, which is two servings, and you can't even tell you're eating crescents. So, next time I will stick to having  abasic stuffed crescent creation, or my favorite plain old Pillsbury Crescents.

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Oct. 15, 2011 2:46 pm
You can even go simpler than you imagine. I lost 40 lbs by doing two things: reduce portion size and walk. That's all I did and I am over 50. You see, its all about burning up the calories you take in, whether fatty or not. Once you understand this basic principle, your weight will stabilize and you don't have to give up a thing... just eat less of it.
Oct. 15, 2011 3:53 pm
I do not like Pillsbury crescent dough, I do like puff pastry from pepperidge farm. I do like some of Pillsbury's biscuits very easy.
Oct. 15, 2011 7:27 pm
cinemabon - you're right. I do have a different situation thought - my weight is not a big issue, I am trying to lose a few pounds, but that's not the big problem I have. I also have a lot of food allergies, and my concern is that despite very little animal fat going into my diet, I still have higher than normal cholesterol, and very bad heart genes. So, i have to carefully watch the fat calories that I take in! Glad to hear that you're doing so well!
Oct. 15, 2011 7:28 pm
KingSparta - I love that stuff too! What I really love are real croissants, good thing I don't have a good bakery near me!
Oct. 16, 2011 4:31 am
I used the reduced fat crescent rolls too, for the Pillsbury recipes, but I always use parchment paper when baking, so I had no problem with it sticking to the pan...As far as your cholesterol problem, try this instead of meds...Take 2 tbls of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with about 12 oz. of water and drink it every morning and night. Drink it through as straw as to not damage the enamel on your teeth. You should see a dramatic drop in your LDL in about 4 weeks. My brother and my hubby did this and their numbers dropped 40 points!!! It has to be organic apple cider vinegar! The regular apple cider vinegar does not work. The cider cocktail has lots of other health benefits too! Google it to read more about it! It truly is amazing!...Great blog AZ!
Oct. 16, 2011 6:17 am
Good, info AZ! Best of luck to you and bringing down your cholesterol. It can be scary but your doc seems to have your best interests at heart to not just throw meds at you and handling it with diet and exercise. Good info on the lite crescents. I will have to consider them. I actually like crescent rolls and they like me even more by hanging around for awhile on my hiney! So, I usually walk quickly past that frig case so they don't jump out and get me! Lol! Thanks!
Oct. 16, 2011 8:14 am
Good idea Lillian! My grandmother and I both lament our cholesterol - seems like other people can eat whatever they want! I actually love my diet, and with my food allergies, I don't actually miss most of the things I don't eat, but there are occasional things I find that I miss terribly. I'm not one to sit and eat nothing but crescent rolls, but if there's no one else here, it's not like I can let them go to waste, so over the course of a week I'll eat the whole can :)
Oct. 16, 2011 8:16 am
mickdee - Doc does have my best interests at heart (no pun intended lol) My brother went on cholesterol meds at 19, and doesn't regret it - he'd rather eat what he wants. The concern for me is that I already eat a very heart friendly diet, so I can't make too many diet changes to avoid meds, but I can make some. It is amazing how they will lea out of the fridge and into your cart isn't it?
Oct. 17, 2011 6:03 am
I have been on Simvastatin for two years to lower my cholesterol. It has been working but it can damage the innards so I have to be tested prior to each check up. My most recent lab showed very good cholesterol and triglyceride levels and negligible statin damage. The reason may be with the addition of fish oil capsules. The doc wanted me to try it and it seems to be working great! Actually, it stabilizes the triglyceride levels which leads to better cholesterol control. We also watch label nutrition information and ingredients. Also, have your doc recommend a nutitionist to advise you for a good- yet tasty- diet. That's money very well spent.
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