Happy Ash Wednesday everyone who is part of a faith that celebrates the lent season. I am Catholic so I do. Since I was a kid my mom had my sister and I give up something for the 40 days of Lent. When I was young it was always sweets (not by choice) and for some reason it was always food that was emphasized. Why must we always give up food?? Well that is a very controversial topic for many.
So each year of Lent I have stuck to giving up some sort of food or drink but it has actually made me a healthier person and really good for me. Being little my mom made us all give up sweets and I still consider it now since I have a terrible sweet tooth but sometimes I just want my froyo or chocolate, I work hard and my Lent sacrifice is still usually tough.
One year I gave up meat. I want to say I was in 7th grade? The reasoning because your not supposed to eat meat on Friday during Lent and my grandparents are very religious and don’t eat meat at all during Lent so I figured it was something we were supposed to not eat. This may have to later do with me giving up meat for good but who knows.
Another year I gave up soda (thank goodness that stuff is poison). My cousins and I used to binge on soda at my grandparents house since they always had multiple 12 packs and once I was a bit older I realized really how bad it is for our bodies and ever since giving it up I stopped craving it and maybe drink 5 sodas a year and only when I need the caffine and don’t have access to coffee (usually at work).
Then one year in high school I gave up specialty coffee drinks. I used to get a venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks 3-5 times a week. Not only are all the artificial sweeteners and chemicals terrible for you as well but it was costing me or my mom $15-$25 a week! So I allowed myself regular coffee or tea and now I solely drink those two savings TONS of money, my teeth, and my organs at the same time. 🙂
Those were my 3 big successes in Lent promises and I am actually pretty proud of those. Not all years have been so successful though. I tried to give up frozen yogurt one year but still went every Sunday and I still love it! So this year I have decided to give up trail mix/nuts but not nut butter. My reasoning behind this is because 1. my skin has been terrible lately and I think it may be to eating much more trail mix and nuts than I used too and I mean A LOT of it everyday. 2. Each combo of nuts I eat I eat with chocolate which really makes it not as healthy. 3. I have been eating way to many handfuls of trail mix before track practice and it makes me feel sick during my entire run and I really need to break that habit because I don’t like running everyday thinking i’m going to get sick. The final reason is because nuts a very hard on the digestive system and I still have a lot of problems and healing I need to do so hopefully this will help. So there ya have it! My Lent promise and some past successes. Now here are my eats from last week and I did finish off my trail mix I had opened before today… didn’t want to waste it!
Have a greattt Wednesday!