The Catholic Detox kicks off: What Are You Giving up For Lent?

By Aisling | February 22 2012 | 43 Comments

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 It’s that miserable old time of year.  Jesus died for us and now we must suffer along in sympathy with him by being abstemious until Easter.  Eating only dry bread, drinking only black tea.  We’ll swear off red meat, alcohol, chocolate and cigs and purge ourselves of all the crap.  Oh and you had your pancakes yesterday and used up all the eggs and sugar in the house didn’t you?

So that’s it for 40 days.  No more you hear.

Of course – of course! – in Ireland we have a handy Lenten variation.  All bets are off on St Patrick’s Day to enable us to drink as much as is humanly possible.  You can eat and drink all you like and gorge on those bars of Galaxy that have been looking longingly at you from the newsagents counter.  Guilt free for one day!

Now hardly anyone does a full Lenten fast these days – but a lot of people use it as an excuse to go on a diet or target one specific baddie like fags (and in Ireland that means cigarettes of course, in case I get outraged comments from abroad).  School kids will give up sweets; adults will give up booze or desserts.

So what are you giving up?  Everything/nothing/something in particular?

Or think it’s all a load of Catholic Guilt and you’re having nothing to do with it?

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43 Replies to "The Catholic Detox kicks off: What Are You Giving up For Lent?"

  • rosey says:

    Okay, this will make me sound like a 12 year old but: chocolate, sweets, cakes and biscuits. Don’t smoke, never even considered alcohol, but the bane of my life is my sweet tooth. I also can’t give myself a pass for Paddy’s Day because that’d be that – it’s either all or nothing with me I’m afraid.

  • papillon says:

    The idea of “giving up” is crazy… I mean fags, chocolate, are all toxins and to not use/ eat them would make you feel better so where’s the sacrifice?

    and best not to get me started on the whole catholic guilt thing. I’m not a believer anyway so I’ll keep schtum on that one.

  • RedAlert says:

    Giving up chocolate again…every year I do and every year I fail, not this year though…I will have willpower :)

  • Sandy Beach says:

    Lent is when I find the willpower to give up all the bad stuff – I think it’s because there’s an end date. Anyway I’m off the bad stuff, the usual; sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cakes, etc. I hope to lose lbs and lbs.

    I’m also off purchasing. My wallet and credit card are taking a little break.

    I’m toying with the idea of taking up Kill Jill 30 Day Shred.

    You may notice it’s all for my benefit.

  • Robyn says:

    I’m still on pancakes today. Well it is a sin to waste food, and they were made yesterday, so that’s my excuse.

    I am going to continue to stay off crisps for lent (been off them since new years, and doing quite well there)

  • cheekyapple says:

    Well my Boyf is giving up sweets, chocolate, crisps, fizzy drinks, etc so I have to too or he would totally cave. But the key thing I’m giving up this year is cheese – my weakness!

  • Mise says:

    Not a thing. Never once gave up anything in 32 years, so I’m not going to start now.

  • I’m already trying hard with food as I’m on Slimming World so white bread, butter, treats and goodies are all out or restricted anyway. So I don’t think I’m going to give up anything else food wise.

    I think instead I might ‘do’ something, instead of giving something up.

    A friend has decided to spend 15 minutes a day (building up to more if she can) in silence. No phones, TV, internet, talking…just silence to meditate and maybe even pray..for a time out kinda? I know it might not sound like much but sometimes finding the time and space to do that can be hard and we all have busy lives.

    I like that idea and it’s not something I do, I abhor silence, I always need something on in the background, or to be reading, or to be people watching. SO I might do something like that.

    Other years I tried to give up swearing, but I failed miserably so I might try that again.

  • daisy says:

    Robyn I could never give up crisps I adore them, try to limit them to once a week though. Im giving up chocolate, biscuits, cakes the usual kind of stuff!

  • Daisydaisy says:

    I don’t do lent so won’t be giving up anything and I might even have a nice juicy steak for dinner this evening!!!

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