I am sure that most, if not all, of you know that Lent starts today. I grew up in a Christian school, so I’ve been celebrating this time of year pretty much since birth. My parents have never been ones to “force” me to give something up, although that is typical in my religion. My mom always told me it’s more important to bring something positive to your life or subtract something negative. I agree with her and I have certainly done that in the past, but this year I’m going the typical route and giving something up. If you follow me on twitter you probably already know what that is, but are you ready for it……?
Yeah, this is happening. Now I’m going to go into why I’m doing this a little bit later in the post, but first here’s a list I compiled last night of the foods I am considering to be “junk food” for the next 40 days:
- ice cream/frozen yogurt
- fruit snacks (I eat these way too much with the girls I nanny….)
- chips & any other kind of snack mix
I’m sure there are other things that will come up that I will add to this list in the next couple of weeks, but that’s what I came up with for now. Basically any of that nasty processed food that I have become way too accustomed to eating on a normal basis. Since I nanny full-time, I’m around “kid food” all the time. It has become stuff that I eat on a daily basis. I need to stop. It makes me feel terrible.
I want to give my body a chance to re-set itself, and for me, Lent is the perfect time to do this. When I was in elementary school, we were always told that we were supposed to give up something we loved, because Jesus gave up his whole life for us. It was supposed to teach us an ounce of what that felt like. I’m sorry to say it, but I really have come to love those crappy foods in the last couple of months. I know that I can not eat them, and now is the perfect time to start. I realize some people may disagree with my decision, but I know this is what’s best for my body right now. I need to get back to eating whole foods and less of all that fake stuff.
So what am I not considering junk food?:
- pizza (sorry, can’t give it up)
- Naked juice (I’m obsessed with this stuff. I realize it has added sugar in it, but there’s a ton of fruit and veggies in there as well.)
- wine (no way jose)
- Kashi bars, larabars, Kind bars, that kinda stuff
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Once again, all I can think of for now. More stuff is bound to pop up!
I think when someone is “giving something up” for Lent or any other reason, it’s extremely important to think about why you’re doing it. Why do something if there isn’t a good reason behind it? I’m a firm believer in the fact that every big decision we make should be given a pros and cons list to make sure that it is the right thing for YOU. Something that is right for me is not very likely to be right for someone else, since we’re all so different.
The first day of Lent is sort of a “cleansing” day for a lot of people. I’m implementing this into my plan by drinking lots of green tea, kombucha, water, and loading up on the fruits and veggies.
So these next few days are probably going to be really difficult as I slowly wean my body off of all that excess sugar, but I know I’ll feel great in the end. I’ve become way too addicted to sugar, and it’s time to break that. Wish me luck
Are you giving anything up for Lent? If so, what?