I have gotten back into the habit of popping mints instead of walking by the cereal box or nut jar when I get snacky. This has been a tool that has served me well in the past.
I love the Altoids. They have an ego, though.
I like most mints. Wintergreen happens to be my favorite with ginger a close second. I don’t care much for spearmint, honestly. John and I each learned something new about each other yesterday after knowing each other for 20 years. I proclaimed my love for the wintergreen and he had no idea. Likewise that he prefers spearmint (ewwwww, but to each his own).
Mints work really well for me on a couple of levels. (The mints, they are deep like a river). First off is that it is something in my mouth, which is part of what the snacking habit is. They last for a little while, which is good and keeps me occupied. The mint flavor in my mouth keeps me from reaching for something else. Like brushing my teeth – that flavor just feels clean and it doesn’t marry well with anything but chocolate, really.
On a side note, did you know that before Pepsodent, toothpaste was not tingly or foamy or any of that stuff. It was more just a generic paste. The foam and tingle do absolutely nothing to clean your teeth. They just give the illusion of cleanliness with feeling. Marketing genius. Pepsodent became the number 1 toothpaste for quite a while and then other companies copied them. Now all our toothpastes are minty and foamy. Full of junk we don’t need, but think we do. Interesting, eh? It’s amazing what a company can sell you in the name of health.