Today marks day 1 of lent, I am not a religious person per say, but I really love a good challenge. My understanding is that lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by committing to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence for 40 days. Every year I like to choose 1 indulgence to temporarily give up, in the past I have given up: chocolate, alcohol, pop, and chips. This year I have decided to give up refined, processed sugar/sweeteners. I don’t consume a ton of processed sugar but it does sneak into my diet via canned/jar sauces, the occasional frozen yogurt trip, a little gluten free treat while out and about, sushi rice, any gluten free bread…
I want to use these next 40 days to experiment with more homemade sauces, dips and dressings– things I tend to buy instead of make (due to pure laziness and convenience).
I will definitely be eating at home more these next 40 days, as it is often too hard to determine if sugar is added to you meal when eating out. When I do have to eat out however, I will be sure to avoid most sauces and dressings, opting instead for olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.
I have admitted in the past that sugar is a problem for me and i’m hoping this challenge will help me cut down on sweets and quell my always-screaming sweet tooth.
One treat I am not giving up is my occasional glass of red wine, I don’t drink often, but I do enjoy the occasional glass of wine after a long week.
Seeing as I do have a pretty intense sweet tooth, I will be experimenting with lots of sugar free treats. To start off with, a few items that will become staples in my diet are:
Dates stuffed with raw almond butter rolled in unsweetened unsulfured coconut;
Warm coconut milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon;
Banana and date sweetened puddings (chia/avocado puddings);
Roasted sweet potato topped with almond butter (don’t knock it till you try it!);
And my latest experiment, a cinnamon, vanilla, banana pancake cooked in coconut oil topped with almond butter (recipe coming soon)
Is anyone else taking part in a lent challenge? Any tips out there to hold yourself accountable?
For me, i’m hoping that by just putting it out on the blog i’ll feel more pressure to stay honest.