Years ago, when Atkins was new, I bought a bunch of Atkins foods and I used them with moderate success. Some of them were yummy (the shakes and bars) but others were horrible (the baking mixes, brownies, etc.) Just last week I was cleaning out the garage and I found a cache of old Atkins baking mixes from the early 2000's. - Needless to say, I threw them out.
Jump forward a few years to 2008. I went on a self-styled low-carb diet. I did not really adhere to Atkins, my plan was more strict with regard to carbs, and I was very-low-calorie as well as low-fat. I was wildly successful, except that once I reached my goal weight I gained all the weight back and then some.
Now jump forward to the present. Since 2008 I have gone vegetarian, but remained fat. At the end of July 2011, I went on another self-styled low-carb, low-fat, very-low-calorie diet. I was again wildly successful. But now I am very close to goal (6 pounds) and I decided I need to do this right; find a way to make it "stick". So I have decided to stick with low-carb as a WOE and not think of it as a diet. In order to do this I dusted off my Atkins book and re-read the chapters about pre-maintenance and maintenance, as well as what to do if you start to gain weight back.
I switched to Atkins pre-maintenance just before the Holidays and weight loss has slowed dramatically, as it is supposed to. I have added foods back into my diet such as nuts, heavy cream, sour cream, butter, a wider variety of veggies, etc. I am so very happy eating this way it is hard for me to describe. I can have real cream in my coffee, real sour cream on my One Minute Muffin, and a pat of real butter on my vegetables - and it's OK! I am learning to successfully bake low-carb goodies and I make a killer pizza crust/bread which I use every other day (thank you, my friend Peggy, for the fabulous recipe!). Today I bought a bottle of dry white wine. I have not had a drop of alcohol since last July 25th, since I was determined to lose weight. But now that I am going into maintenance, I figured, I'd like to reintroduce wine. I only have a glass once in a while anyway.
So today I started thinking it would be nice to have bars and shakes again for maintenance. I mean, when I'm in a huge rush and have no time to prepare anything. Or if I just want a delicious, candy-ish treat and I don't want to go through the laborious process of making homemade candy.
So I bought Russell Stovers sugar free chocolates:
Chocolate Covered Coconut
Chocolate Caramel Pecans
Chocolate Mint Patties
Werther's Sugar Free Hard Candies
And I bought:
Atkins milk chocolate delight shakes
Atkins Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bars
Atkins Peanut Butter Cups.
I know from experience that I have to go VERY light with these things, since they can seriously disrupt my digestion (which is a good motivation not to binge on them).
So, I have two questions. #1 Do you think I just derailed myself and I shouldn't have done this, and #2 What Frankenfoods, if any, do you buy occasionally, LOVE and swear by? Or are there any you ALWAYS keep on hand. I have heard good things about Netrition's Chocoperfection bars but I can't afford to buy a whole case of them. Please list your faves, and also tell me what NOT to ever buy!