What to Do If You Enjoy Making Sweets and Need to Lose Weight

I love to cook all kinds of food – now.

That wasn’t always the case, as when I first got married the only thing I knew how to make for a dinner meal was white rice and plain chicken. And when I say plain, I mean plain.

I couldn’t make a whole dinner, but I sure could make some wicked desserts. Cakes with chocolate ganache, cookies simple and complex, pies, and more were well within my repertoire. As John and I traveled through our first years of marriage, I happily baked, went out to eat, and put on some weight, unaware of the extreme weight gain looming around the corner.  [Read More…]

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