Last year for lent I gave up Diet Coke as part of the 40 Day Challenge for the Blood Water Mission. Our family donated $175 which was the sum of all the beverages we drink in a 40 day period! Startling, isn't it? Well, I never looked back after giving up the Diet Coke, I just kept going and I'm almost 12 months free!
This year, I wanted an equally difficult challenge for lent. Now, giving up something for lent is kind of like a new years resolution for me, and it really isn't that spiritual. The lenten season IS Spiritual for me, just not the giving up something. However, I was so blown away last year that I could give up Diet Coke, that I wanted to try something this year.
I've decided to give up processed foods. I have already eliminated a lot of this through just general well eating for the last year, but I still eat processed things every day - The Lavash Flat Bread I love, An English Muffin, Pretzels, Apple Straws, Crackers... I want to see if my body is better without them....If I notice a change in the next month than I will reevaluate what I should keep and not keep in my diet.
Unprocessed means different things to different people. I mean anything that has additives that are not naturally occurring in the world. I pretty much need to know what everything is in the ingredients list. And High Fructose Corn syrup does not occur naturally in the world or sucralose...or poly dextra whatevers....
So wish me luck..I'll keep you posted!