Lent originated in the very earliest days of the church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.
Many people fast during Lent. There are many types of fasting. If you look back at OctoberFast. I essentially limited myself and it cleansed my body and helped take some significant weight off.
I have observed Lent for the last 16 years. Usually I give up one or two food items or categories. Usually it's Beef and Potatoes. But I don't eat that much beef in the first place so that is really not something to "give up" So how can I take the ideas of Lent... a time of reflection and taking stock in my health and weight and adapt it for my benefit.
This year I am taking Lent much deeper than I have before. Here are my rules for Lent Fast.
Abstaining from red meat, milk, butter, and cheese (fat free cheese is allowed).
Abstaining from bread (flour), white potatoes, and sugar
Abstaining from liquor, beer, and wine (except once a week)
So practically what does this mean?
It means I can eat veggies (except white potatoes), fish and other seafood, chicken, eggs. I can have beer but I'm limiting that to one day per week. No batter fried foods.
This is a very clean diet. I plan for it to help with my ultimate goal of 210.
In Lent you are only fasting 6 days a week. (you don't count Sundays) But for my LentFast I am fasting from the most unhealthy foods. My "Sunday" is not a specific day of the week. It's the one day per week I can have whatever I want. SHHH St Paddy's day is March 17th. I will be having a few Guinness that day.
I'll enjoy Carnival today and tomorrow I'm starting my LentFast.
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