Confession time – my kryptonite is cheese! Put a cheese platter with some crackers in front of me and I’m a happy camper. Unluckily for me, this indulgence has no doubt contributed to my elevated cholesterol levels.
After being told by the doctor I needed to lower my cholesterol, a discussion precipitated by an unwanted short stay in hospital after suffering from chest pain, I knew I needed to change.
Not wanting to undergo another treadmill stress test, or expose my top half as a handful of ECG electrodes got slapped on my chest or model another unflattering hospital gown in front of strangers, I’ve been forced to take a long, hard look at my haphazard approach towards diet and exercise.
As we share an office with a food magazine, temptation arrives daily. Ignoring the siren call of these kneeweakeners has been a test of one’s mettle, but I’m learning abstinence has its rewards. There’s satisfaction to be found in making food tasty without adding fat. I’m opting for lean protein, and I’ve rediscovered my love of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. I’ve become the fruit pusher in my work pod (although advocating the delicious properties of a mandarin when there’s a new Tim-tam flavour on offer is a hard sell!). I’m also exercising every day, even though it’s sometimes the last thing I feel like doing. Happily, I’ve lost a little weight and I’m sleeping better. I haven’t had another blood test to check my cholesterol yet but have every hope it’s heading in the right direction.