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Today is Ash Wednesday

Posted by on Thursday, March 7, 2019
This year, I'm taking Lent more seriously because usually this is the time when I'd grow spiritually and mentally prepare for Easter. Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent, a period of 40 days between now until Easter comes. I abstain from meat every Friday starting now until Easter. 

My kids are too little to start fasting and abstaining but to tell you the truth, the abstaining from meat part comes easy to them because they don't like to eat meat anyway! We're Episcopalian and Lent is celebrated very similarly to Catholics. Ash Wednesday is when you get ashes on your forehead by the priest/paster. Unfortunately, I can't attend a service tonight because of a couple obligations but I'll still practice fasting and abstaining from meat. 

By the way, random fact, McDonald's Fish Filet sandwiches sales are always up during Lent and it's always been like that for awhile. I don't know if this is for all locations but if you mention that you're eating their fish sandwich when you're there on a Friday for Lent, they may give you a discount.

Health benefits with fasting:
  • When I'm fasting, the toxins are getting out of my body without adding more mass into my system. I feel like it helps me feel more light and limber.
  • Even though I would get hungry, my focus on tasks like at work and school is still great. With my body not worrying about breaking down any processed food that I may be putting in my body that morning, my brain power is focused on my tasks at hand and less on breaking down or digesting food in my system.
  • My mood is usually happier when I only drink coffee and don't eat until the late afternoon. I don't know if that is unique to me.

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