Cold cereal — healthy ones, in particular — used to be my biggest downfall. I used to have major problems with both Kashi Go-Lean Crunch and Barbara’s cinnamon Puffins (the best cereal — EVER).
My midnight incidents in D.C. often included Puffins or Kashi. Especially Puffins, with their cinnamony goodness.
At 100 calories per 2/3 c., I could easily have made a healthy snack … but I’d have two servings at 3:00 a.m. Not exactly conducive to a successful weight loss strategy.
In fact, remember one day I had Puffins for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner … nine servings (the small box) eaten in one day!! That’s a LOT of fiber, and let’s just say my stomach hated me.
But when I moved to Michigan, I couldn’t find Puffins anywhwere except this one pricey health food store — so it was easy to resist purchasing them.
And I just didn’t buy Kashi products often once I moved — or if I did, they sat on top of my fridge for a long time, untouched. Not because I didn’t like them — I do — but because the allure was gone over time. I didn’t “need” the crutch.
It’s as though, over time, I’d made peace with these cinnamony pillows (Puffins) and crunchy whole grain clusters (Kashi Go-Lean Crunch).
I realized that not having them around had actually desensitized me to them. I can now eat a single serving and be fine. The realization was quite a shocker.
In fact, on my way back from Detroit, I stopped at Trader Joe’s (which has good prices) and bought a box of cinnamon Puffins and have had exactly two servings in two days — measured. No trigger, no remorse!
I can only hope that my comfort levels with these two former triggers remains.
How about you? Have you made peace with a trigger food?