Friday, February 24, 2012

Not a Lenten sacrifice

The challenge: from 26 February to 4 March I'm cutting out all wheat and processed sweets. These foods give me stomach aches and keep me awake at night, so I've got to make a change. I think if I could just get a streak going and stop the sugar roller coaster, I might be able to stick to healthier habits. It's worth a try anyway. I've recruited a co-worker to help me stay honest.

It turns out that the Catholic holy season of Lent started on Wednesday. What a coincidence! But unlike those who are eating healthier for 40 days, I'm cutting carbs for myself, not Jesus.

I remind you: in 1986 I gave up Catholicism for Lent.


Jessica Young said...

Go Reg! It was amazing to me how much better I felt after kicking wheat and sugar out of my system. Sugar's the harder one--it hides in quite a lot--but if anyone can do it, you can!

Regina Rodríguez-Martin said...

Thanks, Jess. I'm making this challenge longer. I'm horrified to learn that sugar damages the liver like alcohol and is the cause of all kinds of health problems besides diabetes and obesity. Yes, sugar is hidden in a lot of edibles, but I cook almost everything I eat and that gives me more control.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin said...

Five months later, I'm more committed than ever to letting processed sugar and flour go out of my life (unlike real Catholics who return to whatever habit they gave up once Lent is over). It's a struggle because I AM a sugar addict, but I'm not giving up.