Ahh yes, the gluttony before the discipline. Not sure it makes sense but since I am of the mind that you should never deprive yourself of a specific food group (or make something off limits) – for then the body and brain crave it more – you could be entering in to a very dangerous, dreaded EATING ZONE this week.
Fat Tuesday is tomorrow. Mardi Gras means fat Tuesday, the culmination of the season between Christmas and Lent. Fat Tuesday falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
During the 40 day Lent period, many Christians forego the eating of meat, either completely or on Fridays. They also traditionally give up a favored food, drink, or habit.
Fat Tuesday is a last chance party excuse before a six-week period of abstinence.
Just a little history lesson with the paczki (that I thought was interesting ’cause I didn’t know this), traditionally the reason for making paczki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.
Does any one want to tell me the calories of one paczki – with lard, sugar, eggs and fruit it can’t be good!
Admittedly I didn’t grow up celebrating and observing this particular time of year but I have known many people through the years that said they’re giving up this or that “for Lent” (usually always a food or drink item if I recall).
So what are you partaking in this week, and what are you “giving up” this week?
As with any Holiday, celebration, or social gathering for those of you changing your mindset about eating, food, and dieting, I know this can be a tough week for you. Know what your limits are on Tuesday, so on Wednesday you won’t feel defeated.
The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, growth, penitence, and conversion. So in this time of reflection may you