Today is Ash Wednesday, the Easter Season is upon us again! This is the time of year I embark on my annual, Lenten Fast.
Why fast for Lent?
During Lent, or the six weeks that fall before Easter, many Christians choose to “fast” from something (usually a favorite food such as chocolate, but it can be other things as well, such as tv or social media). The Catholic faith outlines more of a regimented fast, whereas Christians of other denominations tend to just give up something they are sure to miss as a personal sacrifice. (I explain more about the season of Lent in another post.)
What I am giving up for Lent
A few years ago I outlined my long journey of trying out a low-carb lifestyle over Lent. As we learned then, I am apparently the only person in all of humanity who doesn’t benefit from this diet. 😝 It actually made me utterly MISERABLE, and literally left me depressed (and I do NOT use that term lightly).
This year I will be following a similar Fast as last year, where instead of going “low-carb” I am going more “slow-carb”. This basically means I will not be limiting my carb intake other than trying to focus mostly on whole-grain, healthier items. In addition, I will be trying to stick with “cleaner” food overall. What will that look like? Well, for many years I gave up sweets for Lent (cookies, candy, etc.). One year I also gave up soda. With my “slow-carb” fast I give up all of that. In addition, I also fast from junk food (such as fast food, chips, really greasy pizza, fried foods, etc.)
Mr. Trekker’s doctor recently put him on a low-salt diet called the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). I figure this change will be beneficial for us both, and since I’ll be grocery shopping and cooking low-salt for him anyway, it just makes sense to do it for myself, as well. 😁 So, I will be implementing this as part of my dietary changes too.
What I hope to get out of my Lenten Fast
As always, I am hoping to lose a little weight from the fast (that is always a welcome–if not somewhat selfish–side effect of Lent for me 😇). I am also still trying to kick my soda addiction. I LOVE soda, I could drink it all day, EVERY day (and we’re talking the full-sugar stuff here. I’ve never liked the taste of diet soda and my IBS doesn’t tolerate it anyway). I don’t allow myself to drink a lot of it, but it’s always been a guilty pleasure of mine (and yes, I know it isn’t good for me, clearly that isn’t enough motivation to get me to stop drinking it 😝).
A Lenten Fast should be an adventure!
I’m always excited about the challenge a Lenten Fast brings. It is a struggle, as it is supposed to be. They don’t call it a “fast” for nothing! 😉 But it should also be an adventure, a time to try out something new during a time frame that isn’t that long anyway. 😁
Do you participate in a Lenten Fast? If so, tell me about it in the comments!
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