We’re not traditionalists. Heck, I don’t even come at religious holidays from a spiritual point of view. But, as I mentioned yesterday, I do believe in the power of abstention or denying ourselves something. I think we stand to learn more about what we value and sometimes we discover that we don’t necessarily need the things that we thought we did.
This year, we’re doing things differently. Sure, we’re kind of giving things up, but it’s more that were focusing our attention differently.
We got this anti-inflammatory diet guideline sheet from our friends over at Catalyst. For Kevin’s ongoing injury, reducing inflammation will be key to his recovery. For me, I’ve suspected I’ve been ongoing, low-grade inflammation for a while. So, for 40 days and 40 nights, we’re adhering to the guidelines of this diet. This includes giving up caffeine, sugar, alcohol, red meat and many other things.
We’re less than a day in and I’d forgotten how challenging it can be to eat a defined diet, but I keep reminding myself how much I actually enjoy it – the stricter, the better. (I really just have to convince him to hang in there!)
Have you given something up for Lent? If so, what?