Monday, January 31, 2011

Losing It and a Sad Substitute for Dessert, Extra Dessert Delights


*my 4RFood site is under some construction, so here are my latest thoughts posted to owlcook :)

Ah, January - you bring with you a brand new year and a few new unwanted pounds. December, its the same thing every year...you sneak up with your cutesy holiday cheer, abundant cookies, creamy fudge, garlic cream mashed potatoes, and on and on and on...and on. Who knew you were so passive aggressive? Ok, everyone knows. December comes with an accessory, blinders. It's December - you can eat what ever the heck you want. All month long. 
I, myself, am on the bandwagon along with millions of other people who have pried off their December goggles. Back to writing down (thanks to a very cool ipod app) every calorie allowed to enter, back to simple grilled chicken, salads, saying no to brownies *super sigh*, and eating pretty much the same thing every day. I am in a state of anti-December. 
It is going well (ok, it has only been about four days, so ask me again in about two weeks...)The detox has already begun. My downfall, unfortunately, happens also to be my soul nurturing hobby...making home baked goods. So no more plump persimmon cookies, no more dense banana bread, no more caramel apple cake (cue silent tear running down cheek). The bakery, at least for now, is closed. 
Some people may know that I am a fan of the TV program The Biggest Loser. After watching people who have a long way to go in their weight loss journey put forth such amazing efforts, makes me feel like a jerk if I don't. What is my point food wise here? Well TBL show does a lot of  really, really, really bad product placement ads and one of them happens to be for Extra Gum. Guess what? The lame product placement ad worked on me...
They say the gum will help curve a craving, especially for my beloved sugar kind, and give you a sense that you got a sweet treat. I am a fan of the spearmint Extra gum, but that doesn't make me feel like I have had a cookie or anything.
I bought the Strawberry Shortcake flavor of this product, and to be honest with you, it is just strawberry gum. Not too sure what I was expecting (hello! I was expecting something along the lines of Willy Wonka's by gum its gum - minus blowing up like a strawberry and being wheeled away by lil' orange dudes) but it let me down. Come on people, way to misdirect us sugar addicts. I know they have a Key Lime Pie flavor (not even my first choice in REAL dessert form, so not too excited about that flavor) and a Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream flavor (which might be pretty good). So I can't say I recommend this flavor of Extra Gum as a dessert substitute, but it works ok as a plain strawberry flavored gum.