When I was offered the chance to do a MealEnders review through my affiliation with SweatPink and FitApproach, I was intrigued but wary. I do struggle with after-dinner grazing, but I don’t want to take any products with stimulants or herbal ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. I was intrigued to learn that MealEnders is based on a two-layer taste system instead of a drug effect, and eager to give them a try.
I’ve gone through long stretches without mindless munching, but right now is not one of those easy times. I’ve limited what I put in my grocery cart–no cookies or chips–but as you can see, there is still plenty to crunch. I know MealEnders signaling lozenges won’t be a magic fix, but I am hopeful that they will help me regain control without feeling deprived.
So what are MealEnders? MealEnders signaling lozenges look like hard candy, and you are supposed to simply let them dissolve in your mouth. As you do, you first enjoy the sweet, outer “reward” layer designed to taste like “dessert,” and then experience the cooling/tingling inner layer, designed to engage the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations in the mouth) and cue the end of eating. For my MealEnders review I was provided a package of each flavor: Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Mocha and Citrus. The outer layer is sort of creamy (like the yogurt coating of coated raisins?) and does taste good. The inner layer is harder and the sensation feels like the effect of strong mint or mouthwash–it’s not unpleasant, but it does cleanse your palate so you don’t want to eat something else afterwards.
I’m leaving this package of citrus MealEnders at work,
for when I want “something else” after lunch.
Each MealEnders signaling lozenge has 15 calories, and is low-fat, stimulant-free, gluten-free, kosher, and contains no high fructose corn syrup or MSG. (You can see the MealEnders nutrition labels here).
One reason I am so optimistic about MealEnders is the holistic approach behind the formulation. They are designed to work on a behavioral, sensory and psychological level to empower smarter eating. Behaviorally, they can be used to mark the end of a meal, fill the 20-minute gap until normal satiety signals reach the brain, and break the cycle of eating and chewing. Sensorially, they provide a sweet taste followed by a palate cleansing sensation designed to engage the trigeminal nerve to cue the cessation of eating. Psychologically, they are designed to heighten mindfulness, create a habitual cueing of meal completion, and empower a sense of control.
Like any tool, MealEnders only can work if you use them. Right now, I’m not grazing right after dinner, but instead get hit with a snack attack mid-way through my evening TV/blogging time. I am using MealEnders to satisfy that craving and help me “close” the kitchen for the night. So far so good, but it’s been one of those easier weeks–I’ll let you know if they get me through that more challenging time of the month. 😉
You can buy MealEnders directly from their website. If you give MealEnders a try, let me know what you think!
How do you beat snack attacks?