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Lent has begun…

I don’t know if you know, but Lent has begun.


In Christianity, Lent is the 40 days before Easter and tradition has it that you should make a sacrifice during this time as a reflection of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us all on Good Friday.  Thankfully, nothing as major as getting crucified is required, but I do try and do something challenging over Lent.  It seems only right to do that, given what He did for us.  Giving up chocolate doesn’t seem appropriate when I can take or leave it generally and rarely eat it anyway.

In years past I have given up caffeine.  That was really, really hard; not just on me but on anyone within ear shot of me.  I get really grumpy without caffeine.  So, in the spirit of being kind to my husband, I decided to give up sugar instead.

no sugar

Now, if I was being all medieval and hardass about it, I would give up all refined carbohydrates for Lent and just eat meat and fruit and vegetables.  However, having done the Atkins diet years ago, I know that style of eating is not as easy as it sounds.  I also learned that my body needs carbohydrates to work properly, and I do not want to go through the kind of pain my digestive tract put me through last time.

So, instead, I am giving up all the fake sugar and the added sugar that I seem rather adept at keeping in my diet, despite being careful about what I eat.  I am not going to drink diet or “full fat” sodas.  I am not going treat myself to candy or sweets.  I am not going to have pudding, dessert or fake sugared anything.  I am allowing myself to continue to eat fruit and vegetables though, so I won’t come down with scurvy or kill my nearest and dearest when I am jonesing for sugar.  Who knows, maybe I will be able to re-educate myself into craving an Orange rather than Fizzy Cola Bottles or Jelly Beans.  Yeah… I am not going to hold my breath on that one either!


So why sugar?  Well, I know I am addicted to it.  As a pre-diabetic (and I have been for nearly 20 years, which is allegedly impossible according to the medical textbooks, but I have managed it…!) I should avoid sugar anyway.  It is also not great for the eating plan I am following and having success with at the moment, and also, I have often had issues with candida infestations, so starving it of sugar is a really, really good idea.

Lent is going to be tough this year, no question, but I am hoping to come out of it with better habits than I went into it.  What are you giving up for Lent?


Over exposed to Easter Chocolate?

Hands up people… who has over dosed on chocolate eggs and never wants to see any of them again?  I can report, with some smugness, that there was not a single bit of chocolate consumed at Viridian Herbalist HQ this weekend.  Not because it was banned, but just because we didn’t want to have any.  We did consume some cinnamon jelly beans (absolutely LUSH!) but only in moderation.  Very proud of ourselves.

chocolate eggs

We did spend quite a bit of time in Church over this weekend though, as you would expect with the Easter commemorations and celebrations.  With all that busyness, along with moving stuff to the new house and relocating plants here and there as well, I didn’t really get a chance to reflect on how Lent was for me.  I hope you will allow me a little self indulgence so I can do so here.


When Lent rolls around I not only give some thing up, as is traditional, I also take something up.  This year, I gave up posting on my personal Facebook page and I took up decorating and getting the house ready for sale.


In those 6 weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, I did not post one item to my personal Facebook account.  Not one.  For someone who can easily post three or four times a day and sometimes that much in one hour, I can tell you, it was a hard thing to do.  I did not expect it to be quite so difficult.  But sometimes, struggles can be a good thing.   In the grand scheme of things, this is definitely a first world struggle, but it was a very good learning experience.


As for the second part to my Lent, the redecorating and getting the house ready for sale.   Well.  I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would get it looking like a show home (which it totally did for a while there) and get it sold all in the space of 6 weeks.  Wow.  Amazing.  I think someone is looking out for me, because it is just phenomenonal how fast everything moved.


I think I can say that this Lent has been the most successful one I have had for many, many years.  I will admit that I am going to post on Facebook again (because I have missed my electronic buddies) but perhaps not as much as I once did.  I have also proved to myself that I have the energy and the stamina to do something that people thought was impossible.  A lot of people thought that I couldn’t get a house ready for market in under six weeks.  I did in it three and half.  And sold it in Five.

learning experience

What have I learnt?  That I can be parted from social media and not die a horrible death.  That I can pull off the impossible, and seem to be specialising in it at the moment.  That a positive mental attitude is essential to getting through the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune which come home to roost now and again.  That sacrificing something is good for you.  And so is taking up a challenge.


My next challenge?  Moving house and getting settled and starting to get the new house and garden how I want them.  Oh, and continue with the adoption and my herbalism studies at the same time.  You know, that impossible thing again.