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It's Fat Tuesday, any Lenten Food Commitments?

KaimukiMan Feb 12, 2013 12:08 PM

Giving anything up like chocolate or ice cream?
Eating something regularly like fruit or salad?

I've pledged to only 3 meals out a week (a serious cut back for me) and to avoid sugar/sweeteners - natural or engineered - whenever practicable.

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    MonMauler Feb 15, 2013 11:05 PM

    I usually stick to the tradition of no meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during lent, but I often lapse. Today, a Friday during lent, I ate no meat. But I did have a turkey sandwich on Ash Wednesday.

    1. ttoommyy Feb 13, 2013 12:33 PM

      After years of giving up chocolate, cake, swearing, etc. for lunch we started going to a Jesuit church. Their thinking is not what one gives up, but what one gives of oneself during the 40 days of Lent. I like that.

      Now I can eat as much chocolate and cake as I like and swear like a sailor all during Lent! :)

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      1. re: ttoommyy
        six dower Feb 16, 2013 04:23 AM

        Love it! I was going with swearing and shopping however after reading your response I am jumping on board with you. Hot damn! I am hitting the mall today.

      2. coney with everything Feb 13, 2013 04:49 AM

        back when I still considered myself a Catholic, our parish priest said "life is hard enough already, don't feel like you have to give anything up".

        We still do meatless Fridays and Ash Wednesday but other than that, I'm with Father Tom

        (and I had Paczki yesterday...that's a tradition I can agree with!)

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        1. re: coney with everything
          marymac Feb 13, 2013 12:02 PM

          I like Father Tom

        2. cookie monster Feb 12, 2013 10:21 PM

          I'm giving up sweets / desserts (and at this moment I'm eating a piece of chocolate cake as my last hurrah). I've given up (or attempted to give up) red meat, alcohol and dessert in the past, and desserts are the hardest for me ...

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          1. re: cookie monster
            Tripeler Feb 13, 2013 12:30 AM

            Will you still keep the name Cookie Monster?

            1. re: Tripeler
              cookie monster Feb 13, 2013 08:18 AM

              Ha - for sure. My break-up with cookies is definitely only temporary.

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            jlhinwa Feb 12, 2013 10:00 PM

            I have a horrible Coke habit. It is my preferred caffeine drink to get me functioning in the morning. (Love the combination of sugar, caffeine, cold, and fizz.)

            I am giving up Coke for Lent and I hope I will have developed such better habits that I won't want to go back after Easter.

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            1. re: jlhinwa
              KaimukiMan Feb 13, 2013 12:15 AM

              I went cold turkey for a year about 5 years ago jlhinwa, to be honest, it was hell at first. i recommend you have plenty of ice tea available to deal with the caffein headaches. I was able to do unsweetened.

              After a year I still loved the flavor and sparkle of coke, but didn't crave it the same way. Fiver years on I still enjoy one now and then, but its a special treat, not my 'go-to-beverage'. I limit myself to 2-3 per week, and usually drink less than that, some weeks none at all.

              I'm rooting for you!

              1. re: KaimukiMan
                jlhinwa Feb 15, 2013 10:58 PM

                Thanks so much for the encouragement, KMan. It is encouraging to hear success stories.

                Today is day #3... So far, hanging in there. I have been armed with Tylenol and I have needed it. I haven't given up all soda or all caffeine, so that has helped. I really don't want to trade one vice for another, though. One day at a time....

                1. re: jlhinwa
                  KaimukiMan Feb 16, 2013 04:06 AM

                  Good for you!

                  I was playing on the computer one evening and decided I wanted a coke. Went to the fridge and was really annoyed that I was out, I meant to buy some when I was at the store that afternoon. Then I remembered I DID buy a 6 pack. Now where did I put it? Right then I glanced at the trash can and saw 2 cans sitting right on top. A closer look revealed the other 4. Yep, between about 2pm and 10pm I drank a six-pack of coke.

                  I said to myself, no one needs that much sugar and caffeine, and I'm not going to let coca cola run my life. After 3 days you are over the worst of it. Try to make sure you have something cold and refreshing in the refrigerator all the time, including bottled water. Having a selection of things that you can open and drink right away helps deal with the immediate craving. I'm lucky, I live alone so I didn't have to deal with having any in the house. That would have made things a lot more difficult.

              2. re: jlhinwa
                cresyd Feb 13, 2013 12:28 AM

                Best of luck with cutting back Coke. I have recently worked to cut out caffeine, and the first few days/week is tough. Depending on what you want, I also just recommend having the head ache medicine of your choice around for those first few days if necessary.

                1. re: cresyd
                  jlhinwa Feb 15, 2013 11:02 PM

                  Thanks cresyd. Tylenol is my friend right now. I really do want to cut back on caffeine in general so am trying not to replace Coke with something similarly unhealthy.

                  1. re: jlhinwa
                    cresyd Feb 16, 2013 10:34 PM

                    Yeah - I also think it helps to know that taking care of the caffeine headache isn't going to lead to Tylenol dependency but sure helps keep the caffeine at bay. Best of luck!

                2. re: jlhinwa
                  poofty Feb 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                  I give up carbonated beverages every year. This year I'm giving up caffeine as well altho I am exchanging green tea for coffee (it has some caffeine). I don't feel like I drink that much caffeine but have a dull headache right now. Will be drinking kool-aid and snapple-like drinks and water of course.

                3. majordanby Feb 12, 2013 04:05 PM

                  no alcohol for me.

                  and no trail mix and granola - why? because im obsessed.

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                    laliz Feb 12, 2013 12:12 PM

                    I don't eat meat during Lent.

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                    1. re: laliz
                      marymac Feb 13, 2013 08:52 AM

                      Every day? I don't eat meat Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.

                      1. re: marymac
                        laliz Feb 13, 2013 10:11 AM

                        every day. just my personal choice, have done it for quite a while now ~~ havent been 100% successful every year; events come up, KWIM?

                        When I used to drink, I gave up booze every year. THAT was tough. White knuckling and sipping perrier through a straw. ack.

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