Today, I had to go back to my car dealer for work referenced in this post ( wp.me/p1N36Q-7I
). The last time I was at the dealer was an utter disaster binge-wise because of their complimentary bagel offering ( wp.me/p1N36Q-6L
). I was super annoyed I had to go back into the mechanic this quickly - but mostly wanted to be prepared with a plan to beat the bagels. So here's what I did:
1. Packed a Pure Protein nutrition bar instead of a protein shake like I did last time. ( wp.me/p1N36Q-8h
2. Stopped for my favorite convenience store coffee along the way so I wouldn't feel deprived of anything while at the dealer.
3. Wore my rubber cow print bracelet as a visual cue to distract me in case the bagels started calling my name ( wp.me/p1N36Q-7V
Verdict? I walked in the dealer at 10:00am and left at 1:05pm without giving the bagels a second thought. Ok, maybe there were two thoughts but ONLY two. In fact, I was still feeling satisfied and full when I arrived home at 2:00, but decided to eat lunch (more of Dr. Peeke's chili - wp.me/p1N36Q-8s
) anyway since I'd be spending the rest of the afternoon on conference calls. Score one for Nicole!
It's interesting because yesterday I had a different type of nutrition bar for breakfast and didn't quite have the same results. I didn't binge, but I was certainly feeling hungry much earlier than usual (11:30) and continued to feel snack-y throughout the day. I had to implement my dessert tea strategy ( wp.me/p1N36Q-5x
) more than once yesterday afternoon to keep the cravings at bay, so I thought I'd do a little compare and contrast here today.
Pure Protein Chewy Chocolate Chip
Allergens: They don't make it as easy to read, but I definitely see peanuts, milk, and soy. BUT they clearly label the product gluten free.
Balance Bar Gold Chocolate Peanut Butter
Allergens: Peanuts, soybean, milk. Also processed on same equipment as wheat, eggs, tree nuts, and sesame.
Price-wise, the two are comparable. I would say that the Balance Bar won out on taste as it tasted more like dessert than the Pure Protein bar. But the Pure Protein bar was still very good, and kept me full and happy for so much longer!
There are two variables that I didn't account for, however:
1. Environment: I was in my office yesterday, while today I was working remotely. I feel much less stressed when I am remote - because I have a social anxiety disorder, I'm much more focused and relaxed when I'm alone - so this can't be overlooked.
2. Flavor: Peanut butter - in its natural, creamy, jar-type state - is a major binge trigger of mine. So much so that I don't even keep it in the house anymore. Perhaps the bar I had yesterday might have kindled the peanut butter binge spark...
I still have the Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bar that's in the photo and am working from home tomorrow - so there is an opportunity to see if it's really the type of bar that makes the difference or if it's the environment. I'll give it a shot and let you know.