If I had to religiously affiliate myself I’d call it chicken noodle soup religion. Not because of the heart pouring teenage soul series, but because I’ve taken bits of everything and strewn them together into a stew of ideology. This time of year is dedicated to the traditions of Easter, and that includes Lent.
Traditionally Lent is the forty days between Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday)/Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday where most Christian/ Catholics reflect upon the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert by praying, almsgiving, and as most commonly, give up luxuries through self denial. It’s also part of recognizing Jesus’ death, resurrection and so on… but let us not get too religious here… it’s not the point of this post.
Lent, for me, is just a way of flexing my self control. Can I give up something that I really enjoy? Or am I trapped by the luxuries in my life. It’s a nice way to reflect and realize I have a lot of “needs” in my life that are actually “wants.”
So this year I’m going cold turkey on meats. 40 days of being a vegetarian. Not necessarily a dramatic sacrifice, but perhaps a really good one to try out.
(here comes my blatant pop culture influenced decision making process, sorry, but it’s my reality)
For a while (some 6 years and change) I’ve been struggling with being happy with my body image. I’ve wanted to be a considerable 20 pounds lighter and have made ground on getting there only to eat my way back. As I sort through why this is I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and crazy advice but one thing keeps coming up. Vegan.
I’m not sure if the entire population of vegans are raving fanatics because it works, or because that much dedication takes conviction…either way: the vegans are raving about being vegan and the positive health benefits (one being effortless weight loss) they’ve gained from adopting this life style. Even Jenna Marbles is a raving vegan (who cheats every now and then) but she loves it, and I love her videos? I’m not sure what I’m getting at with that, but she looks great.
So my 40 days of Lent are dedicated to getting one step closer to trying out veganism. I’m so in love with yogurt and good cheese that I’m not sure I’ll ever make it all the way there but why not shoot for the stars? I may just end up on cloud nine.
Would love to have some input/testimonials from my vegan buddies. Sorry if any of my religious friends are insulted by my abbreviation of Lent. No harm intended.