Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the first day of lent. Lent is 40 days (about six weeks) of fasting before Easter Sunday. Growing up my parents always gave up all dairy, meat and carbs (I now know that this is respectfully called being vegan haha) for 40 days. I couldn’t ever do it because I love meat way too much! For lent we are taught to give up something we love (obviously not something that’ll hurt us like family or friends) as a form of penitence. In the past years I have given up things I really thought I could never survive without. I’ll share a few of my toughest ones. I remember when I was a teenager, I was a pop addict (soda, for all you Americans haha) and it was the toughest decision I had to make as a teenager lol I’m proud to say that I not only gave it up for 40 days, I completely stopped drinking it and craving it. Pop is not in my life anymore and I feel much healthier! H2O never disappoints. In my early twenties I gave up drinking alcohol which is not as much of a struggle to me now as it was back then. It was a real commitment and very hard. I succeeded and unlike my pop situation, I celebrated Easter with a drink in my system. Yes, I couldn’t wait to “party” with my friends again and get “drunk” lol. In 2011 I gave up bread, rice and pasta. It was rough at first… my cravings were so ridiculous. After a few weeks I was fine and my cravings completely went away. I started to enjoy food in a different way and ate things I normally wouldn’t have if the option of major carbs had been there for me. I stuck to that for over two years! This year I have decided to do the same. I’m going to give up bread, rice and pasta once more. The selfish part of me (or smart in my opinion) always gives up something that’ll help me with my health. The realistic part of me knows I can’t be too extreme and the religious side of me gives up something I truly know will be difficult in honour of the Lord. I am not a super religious person who attends church every sunday but I believe in God and religious practices such as this. Anyway, last night when I decided I was giving up bread, rice and pasta I decided to go for my “last supper” hahaha that’s what I decided to call it which isn’t going to be funny to most religious people and I apologize for that! I went to my favourite Italian restaurant ever called La Cantina and got a crazy amount of carbs in. We started with the Molisana Bruschetta which consists of toasted thin slices of bread topped with pesto, hot oil, sundered tomatoes and goat cheese. It is heavenly!
As my main, I ordered the huge portion of lasagna. I am both proud and ashamed to say that I ate the whole thing (minus the cheese… I don’t really enjoy cheese outside of goat) and I loved it!
I skipped on dessert because I literally was about to roll out of there haha but I didn’t give up dessert for lent so I can have that any other day. It’s safe to say that I had a great carby meal before the realness set in. It’s also safe to say that it sounds like I’ve made this more about a diet than a religious sacrifice and admittedly it’s a both of both! We are taught that we are allowed to “cheat” on Sunday’s but I am yet to decide if I even want that option haha
Did any of you guys give up anything?