Return From a 3-Day Weekend

This weekend was a three-day pig out fest for me. On Friday, I went to a birthday dinner of my friend Micah, hit another celebration for Alex’s dad on Saturday and met up with another friend, Danica, last night. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a pudge-bellied Bailee. Of course I had fun at each of these dinners (got to meet Micah’s pharmacy school friends and enjoyed visiting with her boyfriend/my family’s long-time friend), but it definitely made my decision to observe Lent an easy one.

We literally have a million photos like this.

I’ll first preface by saying that I’m not the name brand Catholic, but rather the off brand Episcopalian. I say this because the Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and I am much WASP-ier than Catholics. However, the Episcopalian church’s stance on certain social issues is far closer to mine than Catholicism. With this being said, in years past I’ve observed Lent and tried to remain in self-denial.  One year I gave up meat (which obviously stuck) and another year I stopped biting my nails. In all actuality, I’m very good at abstaining when necessary. (Hello, no soda for three years!) This year I’ve decided to give up two things I love dearly: chocolate and candy.

The guidelines I will be following are similar to those that Julie at PBFingers developed when she gave up sweets for Lent. Here is my list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

Not Allowed

  • Foods with little to no nutritional value that have a high sugar content (i.e. Sour Patch Kids)
  • Snickers or other chocolate candies
  • Foods contain chocolate or candy

Allowed (as long as it’s chocolate/candy free)

  • Luna and other brand snack bars
  • Frozen and Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Gum
  • My gummy vitamins 

I don’t actually anticipate this being harder than it sounds, but I do think I will have to be careful about what snacks I buy over the next few weeks.

Have you ever given anything up for Lent?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by The Mayo Clinic: Consider broiling as a healthy alternative to frying. Cook food by direct heat in the broiler section of an oven or an oven-type appliance.

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