What I’m Giving Up For Lent

Today is the start of Lent, and after some consideration I figured out what I was giving up.  Hopefully by putting it out here, I will be more accountable than keeping it private.

First, I am giving up processed foods.  After healing from my flare-up of ulcerative colitis back in September, I have noticed processed snacks, breads, and JUNK creep into my diet and become more and more abundant.  This is going to stop.  I have been reading a bunch lately, and the themes that keep coming up are whole foods and less gluten.  Everyone that I have read about has had major health improvements by eating this way – more energy, fewer health issues (including colitis). 

I eat pretty healthy to begin with (I was vegan for 3 years and still eat heavily vegetarian), but I just want to go out of my way to eliminate the processed stuff and see how I feel.  I find that I grab the processed stuff when I am tired and don’t feel like cooking.  So, this is going to force me to roll up my sleeves and get into the kitchen more (not ordering a gluten free pizza or eating a bunch of pre-packaged snacks).  Those packaged foods are expensive and add up, so I will feel much better spending the money on whole foods that nourish my body.  It is also going to require a little more planning and cooking while the little guy is napping.  I find cooking therapeutic and relaxing, it’s just getting started that I sometimes have the problem doing.  

Second, I am giving up grocery bags.  For the next forty days I am going to have to bring my own reusable bags with me when I grocery shop.  No more bringing things back in tons of plastic bags… or paper ones, for that matter.  

My recent trip to California made me consider doing this.  Out there, you have to pay $.10 per bag at checkout if you want to use their bags.  This forces people to bring their own bags more often.  I use and throw away far too many of these bags, so for Lent I will be giving up that habit. 

So, there they are.  I will try and post updates on my progress.  I have dreams of taking pictures of all the wholesome food I will be eating, but we will see if that happens.  Maybe i’ll work on my photography skills during Lent 🙂

PS:   Knowing I was giving up the processed foods, I ate a bunch of it yesterday.  I was SO THIRSTY all night, slept horribly and woke up looking forward to the beginning of these 40 days.

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