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"Not even Wensleydale?"
I don't normally do New Year Resolutions, but the recent combination of a high cholesterol score and steady cheese-fuelled weight gain since I returned from Japan have combined in a decision to lead a cheese-(and-snack)-free January, with the possible exception of my birthday. It's not just "naked" cheese that I'm ruling out, but also cheese as an ingredient. That extra restriction forbids a dispiritingly long roll-call of deliciousness.

I know this is no biggy. I'm not going vegan, or even veggie. My alimentary tract maintains its wonted hospitality to eggs and meat. I'm not even refraining from alcohol, although as it happens I've not had much occasion to drink it.

Maybe by the end of the month I'll have lost half a stone or so, but the cholesterol is the main thing.

Also - the cycle begins again! - I'm hoping to return to Japan at the end of the semester that's about to begin, a place where I always feel rather too big, so I suppose you could call this partly an exercise in getting a shrine-ready bod. But actually, let's not.

Oh, my! Cheese-free sounds challenging! I don't eat much of it, but what I do, I enjoy - today, just a sliver of cheese to top off a mushroom risotto; it wouldn't have been nearly as pleasant without that crowning touch.
(I don't know Wensleydale, though I have a vague feeling it's sharp and crumbly - true?)

It's quite challenging, yes!

You're right about Wensleydale - but I was just quoting Wallace, when he finds out at the end of A Close Shave that hisgirlfriend Wendolene is allergic to cheese, and can't stand the stuff. Of course, it signals the end of their relationship.


I have news for you, Catherine, honey, food only makes up 10% of one's cholesterol count. Even on a diet of lettuce you will only drop a few points. Top tips? Exercise! Oh BTW, cholesterol readings go up and down, if it is a steady high, worry, if not, don't sweat it!

Re: Downham

Well, I do walk quite a bit. Breaking into a run, though - unthinkable!