Living in New Orleans during Lent really isn't much of a sacrifice with the boiled crawfish and fried shrimp... We are kinda spoiled down here. And for some of us, it's a detox from the not-so-healthy choices made during Mardi Gras. Many people give up certain foods and bad habits, but what happens when it's over? Many typically go right back to those things that may not be so healthy. I'm doing several things during Lent and while I did not give up any particular foods, part of what I'm doing is eliminating as many processed foods out of my diet as possible. And this is not just something I'm not doing this for just 40 days... It's a lifestyle change. I don't eat many processed things to begin with, but I want to eliminate them completely.
Another part of what I'm doing is not making any excuses. If you want something bad enough, you will work hard for it. If I feel too tired in the morning to pack my lunch or if I really feel like skipping the gym and going straight home after work... where is that going to get me? Nowhere...
Now the difficult part about making a lifestyle change like eliminating all processed foods, isn't not eating them or getting up a few minutes earlier to prepare them for the day... It is holding onto it even after those 40 days are up. For those people that are giving up things like sweets, alcohol... and the real brave ones...COFFEE! Obviously that's not something that's going to last forever, but maybe it will help you think twice about how often you do indulge.
I'm using these 40 days, not only as a time of sacrifice, reflection, and prayer, but as a way I want to continue to live even when these 40 days are over. I am constantly trying to improve the way I live and the healthy choices I make, so when I start something new, I go into it with the mindset that it's not just something temporary. This is just the start to an even healthier life!
And to help me stay on top of my goals and keep track of everything... I am using my fitbook! Don't forget to check out the link with all the awesome products!