Yesterday, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent. While Lent is a Christian observance, the lessons of the holiday apply to aspects of everyone’s life. Much of the meaning of the Lenten season is rooted in sacrifice, as Christians reflect on the life of Christ in preparation for his death and resurrection. Many take this to mean giving up something enjoyable or comfortable as we wait for the celebration of Easter.
It is common to hear people giving up television or screen time (oh no, not Facebook!), favorite foods, shopping, or other pleasurable activities that we often do without thinking. When it comes to “giving up” food in particular, even for a well-intentioned and spiritually meaningful season such as Lent, the results may backfire. As soon as we take something away, that’s exactly where our focus goes, and the act of denial can eventually lead to overconsumption.
Choose your food carefully, or consider changing your personal definition of denying yourself. Perhaps this could mean eating less of something (instead of none) that is not as beneficial, and striving to include more of something that has been lacking. This of course is a very personal decision, and we’re curious to hear what has worked for you and your plans for this year.
Another concept to consider is that of adopting new, positive habits such as growing a home garden in anticipation of spring. How do you plan to observe Lent this year, as it relates to your eating habits?
How Stacey Got the Shot: With the fabulous 105mm macro lens at f/3.5, 1/200th second.