Staying Full (and Minty Fresh) Through the Holidays

In some random surfing over the weekend, I stumbled upon this article over on Yahoo: 8 Ways to Stay Full Longer. I don’t usually have a huge problem with hunger (not if I’m eating right, anyway), but I clicked on the link just to see if the article had anything new to offer. Maybe there was some miracle cure I hadn’t heard about.

Most of the content follows the standard hunger-fighting tips:
– Eat healthy fats and complex carbs (fruits, veggies, and whole grains) in proper portions
– Exercise regularly
blah-blah-blah Oh wait, what’s this?

7. Try aromatherapy. It may sound new-agey, but a study found that people who smelled peppermint every two hours ate 2,700 fewer calories weekly, which caused them to lose a pound every week. The smell works on your brain, tricking you into thinking you’ve eaten and are therefore fuller than you actually are. Sniffing the peppermint more frequently works even better, so light a candle and you’ll be golden.

The smell of peppermint will suppress appetite? Who knew?! (I mean, I knew it repelled moths, but I had no idea it would fight off munchies, too!)

Normally, I would write something like this off as being gimmicky, but just in case there’s some truth to it, I placed a little order with Amazon. As soon as it arrives, my days are going to take on a whole different, well, flavor.

I’ll start the day by brushing my teeth with Peppermint-flavored Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Fluoride Toothpaste and floss, of course(!), with my new Oral-B Floss, Mint. After I shower with Philosophy Peppermint Bark Shower Gel & Shampoo (with bonus lip gloss!), I’ll apply the Avalon Rosemary Peppermint Deodorant Spray.

Then, it’s off to the kitchen to prepare myself a Maxwell House International Coffee Peppermint Mocha Latte or a nice cup of Davidson’s Tea Bulk, Organic Peppermint to sip while I munch on some breakfast, maybe some Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bars.

While I’m checking my email, I’ll light my new WoodWick Holiday Collection Peppermint Cocoa Candle. If I have to run errands, I’ll have my Little Tree Air Freshener-Peppermint Car Freshener to keep me from getting hungry until I return home and can repeat the morning schedule.

But not to worry–if I should, for some unfathomable reason, ever want to eat again, I’ll have my four boxes of 80-count Old Fashioned Peppermint Sticks for sustenance.

It may seem like overkill to you but by my calculations, by New Year’s Day, I’ll weigh in at about 73 pounds (71 pounds if ALL my teeth fall out) and will be wearing a size negative-4. While you’re all working off the extra holiday calories, I’ll be enjoying my new, thinner figure. Well, once I get out of the hospital, I will be. And by then, it will be Spring!

Okay, enough silliness. I am going to pick up a peppermint-scented candle for the holiday season, which I was going to do anyway, and I’ll let you know if I have to force myself to eat at mealtimes. :)

Meanwhile, I’ll still continue to follow the tried-and-true method of eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise. Just to be on the safe side.


11 thoughts on “Staying Full (and Minty Fresh) Through the Holidays

  1. My grandmother LOVED that peppermint stick candy and we’d always take several boxes to her when we’d go for our Christmas visit. She lived in Cleveland, Ohio – a VERY long drive from Tennessee and we’d hand her the carefully wrapped boxes of peppermint as soon as we walked in the door. She’d smile because she knew exactly what it was! Interestingly, my grandmother was never overweight despite cooking amazing meals that I can assure you, were most definitely not healthy. Now we know – it was the peppermint! Thanks for a hilarious post and bringing back a fond childhood memory for me.

  2. You are tooooooooooooooo funny Cammy!

    OK, what happens when you don’t even like peppermint anything like me! :-)

    I will be following your rule: I’ll still continue to follow the tried-and-true method of eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise. Just to be on the safe side.

  3. I have peppermint oil that they gave us at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer which they said would help keep us “pepped” up when we felt our energy dropping – but hadn’t heard it would help with appetite, too! “They” say the same thing about cinnamon, so I drink cinnamon flavored tea sometimes.

  4. Giggling at all of the peppermint items!

    Actually, though, I think there IS something to aromatherapy. I received some cinnamon incense for my birthday in September, and I only just got a hold of some matches recently (I really need to buy myself a lighter), but I find that when I light the little sticks, the cinnamon really does do SOMETHING. I don’t know what, but it makes me feel calm and doesn’t make me want to eat everything in sight. Score!

  5. Cammy, I just loved this post. SO needed a good laugh today and you totally delivered. I have actually heard of this aromatherapy working for some people….can’t hurt to try it, right?

  6. I’d have to say that I agree with it except for the fact that I bought some of those soft mints last weekend and I can’t stop eating them! :)

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