The last time I ate bread was 9th February.
On the 8th February I decided I wanted to give something up for Lent, but I couldn’t decide what. I’m not a religious person but I do like a personal challenge and taking part in these when a lot other people are challenging themselves as well can really help me stick to things. As always, I wanted to be healthy and to try new things, so removing bread temporarily from my diet seemed like as good an idea as any.
Not that bread is inherently unhealthy. Wholegrain bread can be really good for you as part of a balanced diet. Plain white ultra-processed bread less so. For me, though, it’s a way of adding unnecessary snacks to me diet. I love sandwiches, panninis, toasties, French toast, wraps, pitas etc etc. If I’m eating curry I’m always tempted to add naan. If I buy groceries on the the way home from work I’m often tempted to pick up a sandwich to “keep me going” until dinner. I don’t need this extra food and it’s not really adding anything I need to my diet.
Plus, it’s causing me to be a bit more creative. I can’t have a sandwich for lunch, so maybe I’ll get soup (without bread) or a salad, or a baked potato. There’s a bit more variety there. I can’t have toast for breakfast and I really don’t like cereal so it tends to be fruit or eggs at the moment. Dinner’s usually easier but it does mean that I’m not going to order a cheese burger when we go out to eat.
Pizza doesn’t count. Everyone has their limits.
When I was trying to work out what to give up I saw that Pammi, over at Glasgow Food Geek was also tweeting about wanting to give something up. I mentioned to her that I was going to give up bread and we’ve agreed to do it together. Now I won’t slip up because I don’t want to let her down.
So it’s taking a little more planning and a little more creativity but it’s working out ok. Sometimes it’s easy to rely too heavily on one particular kind of food without even realising it and it can be good to avoid it for a while to force yourself to try something different. So far its proven much easier than the times when I tried to give up tea and social media. Never again.
I am totally craving a bacon sandwich, though.
Last day of the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks again to B.G. at Getting Through Anxiety for challenging me to this. I’ve had a lot of fun doing it and reading other people’s quotes. To recap, here are the rules:
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
- Post 1-3 quotes per day for 3 days.
- Nominate other bloggers for the challenge. As many as you like, when you like.
“For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.”
“Ask not what you can do fr your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.”