So last week I added in an apple at breakfast as part of my Phase 2 transition. And, all last week I suffered from what I can only describe as psychological cravings - I wanted wine all week (and actually indulged two days during the week) and I couldn't walk by a cookie or candy jar without WANTING some. I think I'm going to try to give up the apple and just add another serving of grains (for 2 per day) and see what happens this week. I thought that apples were pretty low on the GI scale, but maybe not? I guess I have to just ride it out this week and see.
I'm not on SB anymore, but am still strongly influenced by what I learned on SB. I follow a reduced-carb exchange plan (lot of reasons, including my tendency to stall on any plan without a portion/calorie control component, even Atkins induction and SB Phase I).
For me, grains cause more cravings than most fruits. About the only grains I can eat (especially in the morning) without experiencing intense cravings all day is oatmeal or quinoa (I'm experimenting with millet, but haven't drawn any conclusions yet). So adding another grain might not be as helpful as adding a lean protein instead.
Eating grain and fruit together is usually too high GI for me. Meals have to be pretty balanced between carbs and proteins. If I have a carb-heavy meal or snack, even if it's all good-, low GI- carbs, I'll have hunger and cravings.
Pairing fruit with protein/healthy fat seems to blunt the effects (which is consistent with GI/GL research on which SB is based).
My Etsy shop (currently closed for the summer)
I normally eat an apple a day and have never had any cravings BUT I am very careful to only eat the apple late in the afternoon or evening and ALWAYS eat protein with it. You might consider that first before giving them up. Good luck.
I will remain on plan for one full year without giving up no matter what!
One for every ten pounds lost
1st goal by 01/01/11 - 270 met 12 31 10!
2nd goal by 03/19/11 - 250 lbs met 03 16 11
3rd goal - 242 lbs Oops - have to work on this one again.
4th goal - 212 lbs when I will move from being obese to just overweight
I've had the apple with Kefir (a yogurt drink with a lot of protein) and pb in the am. So it's been accompanied by protein and fat. the first time I ate it with pb I thought 'wow this tastes like dessert!'. I guess that was my clue right there.