My Achilles heel when it comes to dieting is baked goods.  Specifically homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies.  As an adolescent I didn’t care for chocolate, and I had more of a salty tooth and less of a sweet tooth, but now that I am older my body shivers for sugary treats. 

I mentioned previously in the first few weeks of joining Weight Watchers that I went through a major sugar detox and I felt physicially and emotionally like crap for three weeks.  I had sugar withdrawals with headaches and mood swings too!  Crazy!  Crazy I was!  

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try out different foods and Germany has probably the best baked goods and sweeties known to man kind.  I partook in eating many a sweet!  

Similar to Italy and the hunt for the best Tiramisu, in Germany it was finding the best Apfel Streusel!  

Or Bienenstiche cake (bee sting cake)…

Or some Ritter Sport treat…

Or heck Bananas Foster which I don’t think is German, but those Germans know their sweets…

I also adore beer and during Oktoberfest you can have one liter beers, but don’t believe what they tell you… It is possible to obtain a hangover from German Beer!  

And beer goes great with a sausage in a bun! 

When I was in South Korea, I ate a lot of bread and a lot of fast food as I wasn’t a fan of Kimchi and I don’t enjoy seafood.  

Below is a picture of me and my niece Hannah at the Hello Kitty Cafe in Daejeon.  

Thank goodness for overpriced cookies in New York City!  I may have thought about purchasing these adorable chic cookies if it weren’t for the price.

I remember coming home from school and my Mom making me a hot cup of tea and putting out a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies and it was so nice to unwind and tell her about my day. 

My parents never worried about me ruining my appetite as a kid.  I think I was so skinny back then they were trying to put some meat on my bones.  Le sigh… Those were the days… 

Below is a pic I posted proudly a few years back when I had taken advantage of Easter Candy sales!  I ate it all too! 

I am rambling though and we all have weaknesses.  If I have cookies in my cupboard or a container of baked goods I will think about those delicious cookies and how the cookie will bend in my mouth and the chocolate chips will melt in my mouth and damn!  I am glad I am cookieless right now or they would be in my belly!  My point is how I avoid eating a bucket of cookies is I don’t keep them in my place. 

I know you know, but it works.  If you don’t have the temptation around, you won’t indulge.  Brian, my fiancĂ© whom I love and adore has been making a lot of cookies and he has brought some over to me and I accepted the first two offerings, but I declined his last offer.  

I had a cookie monster attack one night when I couldn’t stop thinking about those chocolate chip cookies he baked and instead of having one, I decided it was best to eat them all so I could start fresh the next day.  The lies we tell ourselves.  

If you have a spouse or partner, it is really important that they support you in your quest to lose weight.   It is tough stuff when your bestie is eating a delicious slice of cake or has a bowl of your favorite chips, and offers you some.  

It is bad enough with the food pushers in your office who try to pawn off their baked goods or over load of treats.  Especially since we can all use a treat during a stressful day in the office.  Resist the food pusher.

Resist.  It is hard, but worthwhile.  I can almost guarantee anyone who gives up refined sugar, you will lose weight guaranteed.  

Just say No! Or no thank you is more polite.  Food Pushers exist and we all know a few… My Mom is the worst; she will guilt trip me! 

I have lost a total of 15 pounds and some change now & I plan to lose more.  Every day is a battlefield of old delicious ways which taste good in the moment, but hurt you in the long run.  

Stay strong my friends! 

Peace & Love – Rachel 

Published by You Know Jacques!

Living in beautiful Nova Scotia. Blogging about everything under the sun from social injustices, minimalism & the corruption of over consumerism, traveling the world & experiencing different cultures, mental health issues, diet, dating, book/restaurant/product reviews and social issues. I hope to encourage and inspire being authentic as I can be. I hope you enjoy what I have to share and please feel free to drop me a line.

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