My temporary break up with baguettes and Nutella only reminded me how much I truly care about them. It was long week of temptation and resistance, but our love only grew stronger with time apart. And I must admit, there were a few unavoidable indiscretions along the way.
Baguettes and I were sneakily reunited last Thursday evening after a little too much wine with friends. Of all places to be tempted, the basket of bread at a Spanish tapas place had to whisper sweet nothings into my ear. After giving into a few too many slices, I couldn’t be stopped from pinching a big hunk of baguette the following day on my way to work. Whoops.
Chocolate-y things snuck into my week as well. A morsel of chocolate bar and handful of chocolate cereal fell into my mouth each afternoon as I prepared snacks for the kids. Sorry? One or two pain au chocolats may have made it into my belly as well. Guilty. But never did I ever, for seven days, consume Nutella. Sure I’m ashamed of my lack of self-control in other areas but I’m also very proud of my Nutella feat.
What I learned from this “project”:
- Everyone enjoys bits and pieces of chocolate-y snacks, Nutella and baguettes in small portions.
- The French don’t overindulge, but they also don’t give things up cold turkey.
- From now on, I aim to only take one itty-bitty square of chocolate bar at snack time, eat pain au chocolat on the weekend and indulge Nutella every so often.
- Since bread is a staple of every French family’s diet for dinner, I’m going to try to limit myself to two slices per day.
Good luck to me!