The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


May 27, 2010

The moment of truth

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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