Well, this year, I decided not to sacrifice anything for lent. Why? There's really not much in my life that I over-indulge in these days. I hardly ever eat fast food, and when I do it's a grilled chicken go-wrap from McDonalds with a small fry (this is kind of a once in 2 month thing for me if Brent and I are en route somewhere, and I need a quick hunger-fix on the road). I hardly ever eat pizza, and when I do, it's one measly slice. French fries will always be a weakness of mine, but they've been more absent in my life as of late. Peanut butter is the only thing I consistently eat EVERY DAY, and changing that will not benefit me much - the1 tablespoon I consume with breakfast keeps me energized all day and is a great source of protein in the morning.
Consider the foods that we give up for Lent. Very rarely do you hear someone say they're giving up vegetables or fruits (except for maybe my child-age self that thought she was smart by giving up zucchini for Lent one year - yeah, mom didn't find that one too funny when the roasted vegetable went out on the table for dinner one night, and I refused to eat it...) And while yes, people sacrifice foods for religious reasons, we also do it for health reasons, hoping to maybe lose a couple pounds along the way.
Well, I don't know about you, but once Lent ended, I would eat my weight in whatever I gave up - and not just on Easter day. I would purposely seek out my given up food the entire week following Easter, using the excuse that I had succeeded in giving it up for 40 whole days and that I deserved to indulge now. So those 3 lbs I lost during Lent by giving up cookies and pizza? I gained them back in the following week. Sad, sad story.
|What I resembled the week following Easter...|
So while I understand the purpose of Lent and am completely supportive of those who choose to partake, I'm pretty sure I will never participate in the sacrificial aspect of it again. In the end, I'm just not a believer of complete elimination. I'd much rather live by moderation all year round than give up my precious peanut butter for 40 days! :-)
What are you giving up for Lent this year??