Thursday, February 7, 2013

Trader Joe's Vanilla Meringues

To keep up with my new year's resolution of no chocolate at work* (despite there being an always-full bowl of chocolates in the office), I began recording the number of chocolates eaten per day this week.  I made it through Monday and Tuesday without eating any, as I was looking forward to drawing a big fat "0" under the day's name on my post-it.

And then on Wednesday I had to add two tallies.  And today as well.  And I know it's simply a habit I have to break.  If there had been a chocolate jar in the office, I would never be eating so many chocolates for no reason.  Well, my habit routine is that if I'm stressed or hungry, or want a little pick-me-up, I grab a chocolate.  Even though I know this will make me physically feel worse and not better once it gets past my mouth, I still eat them for those glorious few seconds on my tongue.  

I realized today that I'm going to need a chocolate replacement to wean myself off, rather than going cold turkey.  I need something else to pop into my mouth when I'm craving a chocolate treat.

Today at the grocery store, I spotted a small tub of vanilla meringues:

Trader Joe's Vanilla Meringues
Trader Joe's Vanilla Meringues
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They're gluten free, and only contain sugar, egg whites, and vanilla.  No preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors.  Perfect.  I bought them, and had one when I got home.  It was quite delicious, so I'm bringing the tub into work tomorrow.  I'll put them in my snack drawer, and am aiming for no more than one per day (in lieu of chocolate).

Let's hope it works!

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*In case anyone's thinking otherwise, the whole reason for my "no chocolates" resolution is because I have a digestive disorder and chocolates are one item that do not help my stomach.  I love chocolate very much so, but my body is much better off without it.
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