When Lent first started I had no idea how much it would effect us this year. I had my doubts we would follow thru with it the whole time. I thought I would be counting down the days until Easter arrived. You know what though? I loved it. Following the cleanse literally transformed our thoughts on food like 110%. Like I’ve said before we’ve always been a pretty healthy eating family, but I learned so much more about food and what exactly we’re putting into our bodies over the past 40 days. It was a little tough at the beginning. Kev had some pretty intense detox symptoms and there was for sure a learning curve to meal planning and being organized. Overall though, I was so please with it and I was proud of us for sticking to it and actually really enjoying it.
For me, I think the point of Lent is to give up things that hold some sort of control over you and of course replace that with Christ. I also think some of us miss the point though and when the 40 days are over, we go back to exactly the way things were. If you thought it was something you should give up in the first place, why just go back to using/eating/doing it the same way after 40 days? I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to make REAL change in my thoughts towards social media, TV and eating. I wanted to learn to not find comfort, self worth or waste time in any of these areas. It was amazing how 40 days away makes you realize you really DON’T NEED to “keep up” with everything everyone is doing, every minute of the day. That you DON’T NEED sugar or TV to find comfort after a long and stressful day. I learned a lot about myself and my relationship with God during this time. I know Lent isn’t something everyone participates in which is totally cool. I just wanted to share my end thoughts on how it changed me this year.
Moving forward we will continue to eat clean in our house. We are finding the balance with the girls and being out with friends and things. We will not expect anyone to cook clean meals when we go to their house for dinner. We will be easy going and appreciative when we are anywhere other than our house. The girls will be able to have treats at parties and special occasions. I don’t want the kids who’ve never eaten any sugar before and gorge themselves at a party because they don’t get it at home. It’s all a balance. In our house I just want to eat whole, unprocessed foods though. Kev is eating meat again and we have added back in plain greek yogurt, eggs, a bit of cheese and Milk and natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar). I will do a post about eating clean with the girls soon. I am not doing the whole 30 thing. I love whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc) and I think they are healthy to eat for our family.
Social media. I am not going to forever give up Facebook and twitter. That seems a little overboard. This past month however has really broken some thoughts I’ve had about “needing” them though. I’ve enjoyed my days so much more not feeling like I had to be active and present on them all day. I scroll a few minutes each night before bed. Replying to comments and checking in with a few friends. That’s it. I don’t go and read everything that happened that day. Sure, I might miss something but Ive learned that’s ok. I just don’t have time for it all. I see the power and importance to each of them and how people use them to their advantage for building community, businesses and spreading their brand. At this point in my life though it’s the one thing I am ok stepping back from a little bit.
TV. Ehh? Not much to say here. I never really loved watching TV. I could never sit there and watch it without trying to get 10 other things done at once. I love Parenthood, Heart of Dixie, Brooklyn 99 and New Girl. Kev and I will continue to watch them from time to time on hulu. There will be no binge watching of TV season for us though. We watch the few shows we like and that is it. No watching TV for the sake of watching TV. Occasionally on the weekend we may sit and watch a movie together. This isn’t any kind of judgment on anyone who enjoys TV. More power to ya. It just isn’t for us.
I would love to know if you participate in Lent this year and what your final thoughts were? Was it a struggle? Did you learn anything about yourself?
Finley’s rubber boots are from the Gap and Rowan’s are from Nordstrom (some of their kid hunters on sale for $37!!).