Wednesday, March 11, 2015

mealenders review & giveaway!

one of the things i struggle with immensely in my quest for a healthier lived life is overeating. as someone who has been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, eating in general is a massive mental struggle and something i have worked really hard to have a healthier relationship with in the past few years. who knew that "having a relationship" with food and eating was actually a thing (and sadly, mine has primarily been abusive). but i've made progress and i've learned a lot along the way that has made me much more aware of why i have developed these patterns of behavior (and why they're so hard to break)! 





i was given the opportunity to review a new product on the market called mealenders. mealenders is a signaling lozenge that is designed to help stop overeating. when i first heard of it, it sounded too good to be true, and of course, something that i had to try out.

the idea behind mealenders is to "attack" (if you will) the one-two-punch of the physical and psychological urges/cravings you have when you want to eat. mealender lozenges are designed to signal your brain that the meal is over (by having a lozenge after a meal) and provide you with something sweet to focus on. while your brain is stimulated, you're "buying time" until your stomach has time to settle in and realize that you are indeed full from your meal, thus removing the stomach's desire for food. check out mealender's how it works page for a much more eloquent explanation :) 

what is important for me to recognize, and remember, when using a product like this, is that it's not a magic "fix" (just like diets aren't magic weight removers, either). when you have 25+ years of over eating ingrained into your brain and behavioral patterns, there's nothing that can rewrite that coding overnight. mealenders is a tool to help rewrite behavior patterns when it comes to overeating and the expectations should fit accordingly. 

the four mealender flavors. the actual lozenge tastes like a
chocolate or yogurt covered "bean." once the covering has melted
away in my mouth, the "bean" reminds me of baking soda or
something similar dissolving on my tongue. 

i found mealenders most helpful for me in two of the top three areas where i struggle to contain my emotionally triggered eating; on the drive home after work and after dinner. i found that choosing a mealender flavor (there are four) that felt like a dessert was most helpful in both of these occasions, as in each of these instances, my eating is usually triggered by an elevated level of stress (and i crave something sweet like chocolate). taking a mealender made me purposely think about why i was taking it (as a signal to stop eating) and that it's purpose was to prevent me from habitually grabbing for a snack or more food. it added a weird level of accountability for me to not absent mindedly look for something else to eat, which in the end, is the goal i'm trying to achieve. plus the chocolate flavors, chocolate mint in particular, made me feel like i was still getting the satisfaction that comes with having dessert.

i keep a bag of mealenders in strategic areas to have the greatest chance at success; a bag at work, a bag in the car, and two bags at home. so far, i've found mealenders to be a helpful tool in being more mindful about overeating and working to curb the snacking after a meal is over.

the even better news? i get to give away four packs, one of each flavor, to one lucky giveaway winner (in the united states, only)!! to enter, please use the rafflecopter below! the giveaway ends thursday, march 19th. 


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8 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to check these out. Just like you, I struggle right after work and then again after dinner. I feel like these would at least make me think twice about continuing eating. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I agree - I'm definitely going to check these out. I need to do something to stop eating after a meal.

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  3. Would love to try these! Been struggling to loose for along time

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  4. I *try* to drink a full glass of water before I eat a meal. I am looking forward to trying the citrus or mocha. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I try to occupy myself with another task to prevent myself from wanting to go back for more and snacking when it's not necessary. Like going for a walk after dinner!

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  6. I start moving around more, go for a walk, do something to get my mind off of food

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  7. I already posted but forget to mention that I would love to try the mocha first. Thanks again :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  8. I want to try the mocha flavor. I try to avoid overeating by taking small portions and not eating when I'm bored or on the computer.

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