Self-Care Challenge (Day 136): Baking a Cheesecake

On day 136 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored baking a cheesecake as an act of self-care.

Growing up, each family member got to choose their favorite dessert on their birthday.

While cake is probably the most popular treat for celebrating birthdays, it’s less exciting as the years go by, especially if cake isn’t your favorite dessert. For my birthdays, I would almost always pick an angel food cake topped with my grandmother’s famous chocolate dream whip recipe, which is similar to pudding.

My husband’s favorite dessert is cherry cheesecake, and that’s exactly what I made over the weekend to celebrate his birthday. While the cheesecake was for him, baking it was also a treat to me: It was also an expression of my love and appreciation.

While eating sugary desserts too frequently can certainly lead to unhealthy consequences like weight gain, displacement of more nutrient dense foods in our diets, and poorly managed diseases like diabetes, enjoying treats on holidays and special occasions is something to be savored.

What is your favorite dessert for celebrating?

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