I love Triscuits when I am on South Beach. It is amazing how fantastic they taste when I am eating healthy: salty and almost sweet, with a great crunch. When I am not eating healthy, they taste like straw:(
I have now completed six weeks on my third time with the South Beach diet. Last spring I managed to get to my goal weight eating Triscuits everyday, despite my serving size slowly creeping higher. When I gained weight back, it was not from eating crackers!
This time on SB I decided to follow the great advice on 3fatchicks and add foods back very slowly (after having cut out grains for the initial two weeks). I suspected the crackers could pose a willpower problem for me, so I avoided them. For a while. Last week I succumbed. One serving, one evening after dinner. They were pretty tasty, but I decided maybe not quite as fabulous as I remembered and surely I could do without. Fast forward a few days of grainless eating. I think maybe my rationalization was that I could not go the rest of my life like this, could I? So I had Triscuits for my evening snack again. This quickly became a nightly habit that I looked forward to. I didn’t overeat them… stopping at one serving. (Okay… maybe I went a few crackers over but surely the broken ones don’t count.) And they were the only grains I was eating. Other than these darn crackers themselves, I didn’t see an increase in cravings. Or a stall to my very gradual weight-loss. Until the past few days when a slow gain showed up on the scale several days in a row.
I wasn’t cheating; I wasn’t eating more; the only thing different was those crackers! Could it really be that my body is reacting to the added grains? From what I have read about SB, you need to recognize which foods can cause cravings or stall weight loss. Is this what is happening here – Triscuit Trauma! Maybe, maybe not. But the highly motivated Me will stop eating them for a while and see what happens. Those perfect triangles of wheat and salt; slowly eaten in tiny nibbles to make them last longer… sigh. I will ignore the boxes in my pantry that I stockpiled when they went on sale. In a few days, I will consider adding them back. Or not. I’ll figure that out when I get there. Considering all the foods I am easily living without – I can surely forgo Triscuits!
I am sharing this with all of you because I am learning the great motivation of public accountability. When my mind drifts towards crackers tonight, I will refocus it here instead.
Have you found any “healthy” foods that seem to derail your weight-loss? How have you handled it?