Carb Nite Redux – Preface: Too much good food while traveling!!

Carb Nite Redux Preface

Following my embarrassing and poorly executed Carb Nite / Carb Back-Loading experiment this June and July where I actually ended up fatter at the conclusion of the experiment than when I started, the BJJ Cavewife and I did a little bit of traveling to Germany and Croatia (I’ve been sneaking travel pictures into my Random Reading Posts).

While travel is a great opportunity to see the world, experience different cultures, and broaden horizons… it’s frankly terrible for weight loss.  Of course I ended up putting on a few extra pounds at the end of this trip.

With all the jet lag, circadian disruption, and the opportunity to sample so many tasty foreign treats… especially when you see something new every day that you want to try, it’s actually amazing that I haven’t ballooned even more!

Before I start going into my latest Carb Nite experiment I wanted to give you an idea of just SOME of the delightful delicacies I was compelled to taste while overseas… which definitely contributed to my new starting weight at the beginning of this Carb Nite experiment:

German Pretzel

They were selling these gigantic pretzels in the beer tents in Munich during Oktoberfest. Of course I had to try one… after all, can’t go drinking beer without a salty snack to accompany it.

German Sausage

No trip to Germany would be complete without a frankfurt.

German Snowball

In the old town of Rothenburg these ‘Snowballs’ were a very popular pastry. They’re about the size of a softball and were actually quite hard and surprisingly dense. There were various flavors including hazelnut, powdered sugar, and nutella…

German Jack and Coke

Ever see a Jack and Coke in a can?




German shredded pancake called ‘Kaiserschmarm.’

German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate mousse… a must have!

Croatian Strukli

Special Croatian dish called ‘Strukli’ which is cottage cheese wrapped in flour. Cottage cheese is a popular thing in Zagreb.

Croatian Pizza

Croatian Pizza – elicited the same response in me as American pizza… once I had one slice, I had to have another… and another.

Croatian Gelato

… and of course Gelato… a must have when traveling through Europe.

As you can see, when faced with all of this temptation, almost every day becomes a Carb Nite / Cheat Day!  Hence the need to get back on track once I got home…

The next post will detail my attempt to get things back under control.

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