I’m probably (you never know) never gonna be a vegan. I LOVE meat. Especially lamb. Slow roasted, falling off the bone or studded with a gazillion cloves of garlic and rosemary (or better yet, oregano and mint!) and dry roasted pink and rare and sliced thin. (My mouth is watering!)
But here’s the thing. Moderation is such a good thing. And taking a break from super yummy food to focus on sacrifice and prayer and self-discipine is a really good thing. The point of the fast is emphatically NOT to lose weight. This isn’t a diet. Nonetheless, like almost every other woman in America, I’d love to say, “even so, I lost five pounds the last time I fasted for Lent.” Sadly, (but truly!), I have NEVER, EVER lost any weight at all during the fast. But that’s ok. Because it really ISN’T the point. On the other hand, lots of other healthy things happen when I fast. For instance, I eat a really healthy, well balanced diet. Even though I do eat meat and dairy products and I like sweets and wine, I practice moderation as a habit. But I still have a hard time meeting my dietary goals – particularly when it comes to getting enough fiber in my diet. And yet here, on the first day of the fast, I ate a whopping 38 grams of fiber! Should I worry about getting enough protein? Nope, not a problem – I clocked in at 46 grams.
The fast is a practice designed for our spiritual health, but as seems so often to be the case, God just blesses us and blesses us. Good for the spirit, no doubt, but also good for the body? Absolutely! And it’s a reminder to me that when we follow a path that God lays out for us, the benefits are many. God really does have such good ideas!
Thank you Lord!