Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Give anything up for Lent?

Every year I give up alcohol for the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Well, truth be known, I usually allow myself two splurges during Lent. However, I learned several years ago that if I gave up my wine with supper, I had a terrible dessert craving, and I found I was substituting one sugar for another. So now I give up both alcohol and dessert (and any other refined sugar.) The hardest part of this is about the third day, I get a horrible sugar withdrawal headache. I felt as though I was going blind last Friday, the headache was soooooo bad.

However, Saturday morning, I was right as rain. I never really think about the addictive powers of sugar, until each year when I give it up. How about you? What do you periodically give up in your diet? Have you ever contemplated giving it up for good?

I am always grateful for how clear headed I am during Lent and always think I would be healthier if I just gave up alcohol for good

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