We gave up fructose and anything with added sugar over a miniscule amount for Lent. It sounds easy until you realize that it means giving up almost all processed foods. Because it is so challenging, it has been easy during this endeavor for me to become consumed with the experiment and lose sight of the goal.
|Those are not my feet.|
The question that I have been repeatedly asked is "what happens after the 40 days end?" If I had given up something like smoking cigarettes or beating my children, obviously you would expect me to carry it on past Easter because starting up again would be just plain stupid.
However, because I gave up something as trivial as a food group (and something that I love so much), it is a more complicated question. Usually when people give up chocolate, dessert, soda, and other indulgences, they look forward to Good Friday when they can once again gorge themselves on chocolate rabbits, carrot cake, or two-liter bottles of coke. And then, more often than not, the whole thing is forgotten until next year when they wonder "Gee, what did I give up last year?"
So what will I do? This "experiment" has changed my relationship with food. It has reminded me that food is merely fuel. And while it can be savory and enjoyable, my body is my temple and should be treated as such. Put in more familiar Jenni-speak, if all I do is put trash into my body, then that's all I should expect out of it. And so, I think I will continue on this course with some slight modification.
My plan is to add fruit back into my diet. . . in moderation. Likely, I will eat 1-2 servings of fruit per day and try to stick to low-fructose fruit - kiwi, blueberries, and raspberries.
Of course . . . Easter Sunday is a celebration, too. I mean, after all, it is a celebration of God's greatest gift to us. Seems to me that Easter should be given the respect that it deserves and be adequately celebrated. And so, I guess that I should have some sort of sweet treat to celebrate Easter and the end of Lent. I think, I already know what I have in mind:
However, this is no ordinary cookie. It is the holy trinity of cookies: cookie dough, chocolate chips, and Oreo cookies. Of course, that could be the mutterings of the devil on my shoulder.
In the mean time, here is what I ate today:
|breakfast: omelet with zucchini, kale, and |
weight watchers jalapeno spreadable cheese
whole wheat English muffin with cashew butter
|two cups of breakfast coffee with coconut milk and Stevia|
|same old, same old lunch:|
mixed greens salad with mushrooms,
chicken, feta, zucchini, cherry tomatoes,
baby carrots, crackers, and hummus
|air popped popcorn with
zero calorie spray butter
and salt and vinegar popcorn seasoning
|dinner at my parents' house:|
Mazzio's Greek pizza with chicken, olives, pepperocinis,
mozzarella, and tomatoes (no sauce)
[to be honest, I ate almost twice the amount shown]
side salad with zero sugars lime-cilantro dressing