Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. – www.UMC.org
For many Christians, Lent is a time when they are able to give up something that is either unhealthy for them; physically or mentally. Some people choose to not eat out as much, while others chose to become a more positive person. It may be hard to stick with what you chose but remember you are more then halfway there, so don’t give up now!
If you are not Christian and you do not know what people chose to give up during this time, you have come to the right place! I thought it would be fun to do a little research online and in my own personal experience, to find out the top FOODS that people give up during these 40 days. So here is what I came up with:
Top 5 Foods to Give Up for Lent:
- Soda – This stuff is filled with sugar and something called caramel color. Soda also leaves you with terrible headaches if you stop drinking it!
- Meat – Whether you just want to see if you can not eat meat for 40 days or if you are contemplating becoming vegetarian, many people chose to not eat meat.
- Chocolate – Oh heavenly chocolate, you are so delicious! Although chocolate is tasty you could save 170 calories from not eating that 3PM chocolate fix!
- Fast Food – Too many families are eating a fast food restaurants these days. Whether it’s stopping for a quick meal after the kids’ softball game or just going out because you don’t want to cook, there are healthier alternatives for you! Try making my Black Bean Quesadillas for a quick dinner that everyone will love!
- Alcohol – A glass of wine at dinner or a couple of beers after dinner all equal empty calories. Try not to drink your calories by enjoying nice cup of green tea after dinner.
If you don’t celebrate Lent what would you give up for 40 days? Do you think you would be able to follow through with it?