My Relationship with Food
Food. Who doesn't love it? My relationship with food has been interesting over the course of my life. When I was younger and in high school, I had a very unhealthy relationship with food. I was addicted to fast food and candy, and would often eat those "bad for me" items in my car, throwing away the evidence before I got back to my parent's house. I was 50-60 pounds overweight and miserable.
Then at the age of 21, I decided to join my parents in their giving up something for Lent and ate only soup and salad for 40 days. I lost about 20 pounds, felt amazing, and continued eating healthier once Lent was over.
Since then, I try to give up something for Lent every year, usually something food-wise. There is something so challenging about denying yourself something, and it builds a great level of discipline. I did my detox last year, which was quite challenging. Yet, I felt more disciplined, not only in eating healthier, but in other areas of my life.
This year, I wanted to do something big. I haven't really done anything major for the past few years, so I wanted to challenge myself at a different level. I already eat a pretty streamlined and healthy diet, so it took some brainstorming to come up with what I was doing this year. But I think I finally have it. I decided that I would eat a mostly raw diet, except I will be including some cooked veggies. I also am giving up any beverages except water and tea.
Now don't worry, dear readers. I have a few things already made so I will have plenty of posting material, but I also plan on doing some fun things, such as ceviche. Hopefully these next 40 days will be over before I know it. Wish me luck!
And if you're giving up something for Lent, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.