*Disclaimer: I was provided a sample pack of MealEnders in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own however and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.*
Ya’ll know I love my sweets. I’m doing so much better at keeping my sugar intake fairly low and don’t find myself splurging on ice cream, cookies or cupcakes much lately, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my moments. I’m human just like everyone else and I can’t win every day.
I’m one of those people that needs to have a dark chocolate square after dinner to “cleanse my palate”. If I don’t, I’m much more likely to go digging in the back of the pantry for something, ANYTHING to get my sweet tooth under control. And that is usually nothing but a disaster ending up with those excess empty calories that I end up feeling guilty about after.
The thing is I KNOW this is all psychological, I don’t really NEED the sweets after I eat a meal, but my brain says yes.
I know there is no magical pill to keep those sweets out of my mouth….but I’ve discovered there is something that may help. Enter MealEnders.
MealEnders is “The Antidote to Overeating.” I was very skeptical at first. But the more I read about it and even tried it, it made sense. MealEnders is a low-calorie, drug and stimulant free “signaling lozenge” that helps people to manage portion control.
MealEnders has two parts:
- a sweet, outer reward layer–provides a measured dose of dessert that is associated with the end of the meal
- a cooling, tingling inner core–engages the trigeminal nerve (nerve that is associated with taste) with cooling/tingling sensations to cue the end of eating
Have you ever heard the rule of thumb that it takes 20 minutes for the brain to realize you are full? This is important because the MealEnder serves as a bridge to get you through those 20 minutes. So how does it work? It works on three different levels….behavioral, sensory and psychological.
- fills the 20 minute gap until normal satiety signals
- creates a pause in eating patterns so healthier behaviors can be developed
- measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by palate cleansing to decrease cravings
- alter anticipated taste of additional food
- engages trigeminal nerve to cue cessation of eating
- empowers sense of control
- create habitual cueing of meal completion
So when should you use them you ask? Well, after a meal as a dessert replacement, when you want to eat but aren’t really hungry or when you are wanting to snack on junk food in between meals! Make sure you savor the lozenge, don’t chew or bite!
They come in 4 flavors:
Chocolate mint, Mocha, Cinnamon and Citrus.
Some important notes. MealEnders are regulated by the FDA. Each one has only 15 calories, 2 g of sugar, low fat, gluten free and kosher. AND no high fructose corn syrup or msg.
So…the real test…
Let’s be honest, this isn’t a replacement for your good old fashioned dark chocolate, there is definitely a time an place for splurging, but i’ve been using these for a few weeks now both after meals and anytime that I have the urge to go scavenge in my pantry or binge on an entire chocolate bar!
I must say, they have worked for me!
That’s a win in my book!
The tingly/cooling sensation in the middle is definitely different, it’s hard to explain what it tastes like, but kind of minty. It almost feels like I’ve brushed my teeth, you know that winter fresh mouth you have after brushing? Yea, that. And I love that I get the chocolate on the outside for (mocha and mint chocolate flavors). I definitely felt like I was getting dessert.
Like I’ve said before, this isn’t a magic pill…it won’t melt those excess pounds off of you, but it could help to keep from putting them on if you are someone like me that needs those sweets after a meal. I’m a fan and will definitely be using these to cleanse my palate after dinner time!