I gave up junk food for Lent this year. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. In less than a week I had stopped craving soda and other junk. After a couple weeks I started making some other food changes, mostly to be more deliberate in my choices of real foods, whole foods, and super foods. I read Mark Bittman’s Food Matters on the recommendation of my friend, Natalie, who has made some very serious adjustments to her family’s eating habits (and herself lost over 100lbs!) From Bittman’s book I tried to adopt (loosely, very loosely) his mantra of eating vegan/vegetarian until dinner.
In the course of the 40 days of Lent (because I did start to loosen up on Sundays after a few weeks) I lost 10lbs! (Before you get any ideas that I was using Lent to diet, I also gave up the scale so that wouldn’t have any influence.) Once we got to Easter I was sure I would keep up my new eating habits. And thus starts the slippery slope.
Unlike some real food “foodies” I do not have a problem with sugar. I like sugar and believe that in moderation it’s not a bad thing. Apparently I do, however, have a problem with moderation. Once I have one soda it’s like the Pringles commercial – once I pop I can’t stop. So back to a junk food ban it seems I must go.
Add some water and whip it up – yum! The boys even clamor for it: “mommymommmymommymommy… me me me me!” And I feel so good after starting my day with so much super food. Maybe it’s all in my head but it can’t just have been the “God factor” of giving up junk for Lent that made it so easy. I really did feel better 🙂 And when your pants start falling off that always helps too 🙂
So after sharing our smoothie we wrestled everyone into clothes and headed out to enjoy the beautiful warm, sunny weather. Finally!