NEA- Nutella Eaters Anonymous

This week has been a week to dwell on my eating habits.  Before I came to Germany, the studies abroad crew talked to us about staying healthy and eating right, blah, blah, blah- it seemed like common sense.  However, I’ve picked up a pretty nasty eating habit here this past month- Nutella.  I actually don’t eat the name brand stuff, but hazelnut butter in general is very cheap here and tasty on just about anything.  At first, I just had it with apples.  Usually, I would eat apples with peanut butter, but it’s too expensive here.  Anyway, okay, it went great with apples.  Then, I mangaged to find some gluten-free bread (I’m gluten-intolerant, which is a little depressing, since there are bakeries with amazing looking pastries and breads everywhere in Germany), and Nutella tastes pretty good with that too.  Then, I made some pancakes and discovered that the hazelnut stuff is great on that.  And then, I found that it tastes great just on its own, and I started eating gobs of it off of a spoon.  You can see how the whole situation snowballed.  Anyway, I looked on my shelf earlier this week and counted no less than 6 empty nutella jars.  I had stopped throwing the jars away a couple weeks back, because they are made of glass and can be recycled.  So, in little more than two weeks, I ate my way through 6 400 gram jars of Nutella.  I am a little ashamed to admit it, but I have a problem.  Luckily, my dorm mate, Alejandro, has also figured out that he has a Nutella addiction.  He caught his early- only 1 1/2 jars.  We’ve decided to band together and not buy the stuff.  It’s been difficult.  We were at the store the other day, and we saw not only Nutella, but Nutella and marshmellow blend.  It took some great will power, but we kept each other strong.  I’m proud to say, I’ve been 6 days Nutella-free.  I wish they had some kind of keychain or reward for a full week.  Maybe I’ll have to go celebrate tomorrow.  I’m just not sure how to celebrate without Nutella. . . .

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