I was offered the chance to try out MealEnders and do a review as a Sweat Pink Ambassador and was curious to learn more about them. My habit of snacking between meals isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be but there are some days (like after a long run) that I seem to want to snack more than others. If you know me, then you know I do not advocate skipping meals because it’s extremely important to nourish your body. These are not for that…they are for those times when you’ve had a meal and it’s time to tell your belly that you’ve had enough. Have you ever had that feeling about 20 mins after a meal of “Why did I eat those last 2 bites??!!” Yeah, me too. That’s because it takes a little time for the brain to figure out that your belly has had enough. Also, these help with those times that you want to pop a snack in your mouth (maybe out of boredom or habit) when you really aren’t that hungry.
Here’s a description of what they are:
A first of its kind weight management product, MealEnders are low calorie, drug and stimulant free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind. Unlike extreme diets, meal replacements, appetite suppressants or supplements that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders work with the body’s natural hunger rhythms using a combination of behavioral, psychology and sensory science.
How they work:
MealEnders consist of two components: a sweet, outer reward layer and a cooling/tingling inner core. The outer layer provides a measured dose of “dessert,” usuall associated with the end of a meal. The inner core engages the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations in themouth) with long-lasting cooling/tingling sensations to cue the end of eating and clear the palate. By keeping your mouth and mind occupied for up to 20 minutes (the Overeating Zone when you are full, but often continue to eat because your brain has not yet received the “fullness” signal), MealEnders naturally transition you away from the desire to overindulge, giving your body’s natural satiety process time to catch up and let you know you’re full.
MealEnders are a tool, not a magic elixir, and work on a behavioral, sensory and psychological level in the following ways:BEHAVIORAL
- Establish an important chronological marker for meal and snack end
- Fill the 20 minute gap until normal satiety signals reach the brain
- Create a pause in eating patterns so healthier behaviors may be established
- Break the cycle of eating and chewing
- Provide a measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by a palate cleansing to reduce cravings
- Engage taste receptors to transition you away from foods being consumed
- Alter anticipated taste of additional food
- Temporarily modify olfactory perception -‐ often a cause of overeating
- Heighten mindfulness of natural digestive rhythms
- Create habitual cueing of meal completion
- Train the mind to recognize healthy portion sizes
- Empower a sense of control
How and when to use them:
Just as behavioral techniques can be modified to meet a variety of situations, MealEnders can be adapted to meet an individual’s needs.
When to Use:
- At the end of a meal to replace dessert.
- When you feel the urge to finish a large plate of food, just because it’s there.
- When you crave a second helping but don’t feel hungry.
- When you want to snack on junk food between meals.
How to Use:
- Identify your moment of temptation and instead of dessert, another helping, or a snack, enjoy a Signaling Lozenge.
- Savor the lozenge; allow to completely dissolve. No chewing or biting!
- Feel the active taste sensations cleanse the palate and stimulate both your mouth and mind, giving your brain time to realize you’ve had enough to eat.
- For best results, use consistently and combine them with a healthy diet and exercise.
I was sent 4 packages (25 pieces each) of MealEnders to try out for my review. The flavors were Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon and Chocolate Mint. Out of the 4, I really liked the Chocolate Mint the best. To me, it was more like something I’d have after a meal at a restaurant. My husband preferred the Mocha flavor, but he’s more of a coffee person.
Want to try some for yourself? They’re also providing one of my readers 4 bags of their own!
Giveaway ends 4/1/15.
Have a great week and good luck!!
*Disclaimer: I was provided a sample 4 pack of MealEnders in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*