Post-Lent Lessons: 40 Days Without Meat

So, the Lenten season has come to a close. I had an amazing Easter last weekend, my older brother came back from college and surprised us in the morning before church! Hope you all had a great weekend, as well. Easter night I went to McDonalds & indulged in a chicken sandwich! I’m not a fast-food person, but I thought it was appropriate to do so since I could finally have meat again!

Way back in March, I decided to give up all meat for Lent. People seriously thought I was crazy & some even asked me a few times, “Are you sure you wanna do this?” Sure enough…for 40 days I converted to pescatarian diet- no meat but allowed to eat fish. I never really saw anything attractive about being vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and never understood the advantages with it all. Now, I totally understand.

Before deciding to give up meat, I did some research. People claimed that they had more energy, a decrease in bloating, and all around feeling healthier. Believe it or not, ALL OF THAT IS SOOO TRUE! I actually ended up losing weight! I’m going to be honest, the first week and a half was rough. Removing meat from my diet kinda threw everything off for me. My digestion was way out of wack, and I couldn’t eat what the rest of my family was eating for dinner most of the time. But, no worries, it got better! After about two weeks, I started to get into a routine. I definitely had lots more energy than before, a very noticeable amount (especially at the gym). I also noticed I didn’t feel like I was going to explode after a big meal…bloating completely vanished! Another great thing was when my friends & I would go out to eat, I pretty much had to order the healthier options. I wasn’t drawn to the burger, chicken sandwich, or tacos! I didn’t walk out of the restaurant immediately regretting what I just consumed.

As I’m in transition to incorporating meat back into my diet, I’m kinda hesitant. I LOVE meat, don’t get me wrong, but I loved the way I felt without it! I simply just felt healhier. For the future, I definitely will not eat it as much as I used to. I have realized I don’t need to consume it with every meal & there are other great alternative options. I also learned a great deal of self control. The best part was, whenever I wanted to eat meat, it reminded me to focus on turning my heart and mind back toward God. So happy I made it through a whole 40 days sans meat! 

If you have any questions or interested in what I substituted for meat, just comment. I’d be happy to give you some insight. 

XOXO

–Cecilia Jean–

My Kenneth Cole Wedge is linked here. I saw a lot of TJMaxx stores had them in stock for more than half the price! They are seriously one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned! Definitely worth the buy. 

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