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May 27, 2010

The moment of truth

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Three months ago my doctor ordered me to make lifestyle changes to reduce my overall weight, cholesterol and blood-glucose levels.

For the past three months, I've been avoiding fried foods, cheese-based dishes (a difficult task for someone originally from Wisconsin), starchy foods and refined sugars.

This morning, I had my blood drawn for the follow-up lab tests.

Over the past three months, I've lost 20 pounds from eating healthy, modest-portion meals and exercising. I'm hoping that the labwork numbers have also improved.

I should know within a week.

Update: I made dessert once over the past three months, the chocolate-orange ricotta cheesecake from Clean Eating magazine's May/June issue. The verdict: Some of the ingredients (agar agar and dutch-processed cocoa) were hard to find, but the recipe was easy to follow. I thought the crust was especially simple and delicious (rolled oats, honey and cocoa combined in a food processor). I thought the final result was quite good, but my boyfriend (who is a far more experienced baker than I) could tell at once it was a no-bake cheesecake and had some issues with the texture. I'll make it again — but I'll keep it for myself.

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