Observing Lent

Today I met a man who is observing Lent. I was so proud. I don’t why I was so proud, but I was. 40 days of only water is no mean feat. I have never met someone who has observed Lent, so I was fascinated as to why, what and when.

This person was fasting to lose weight. He is not religious but felt that fasting the 40 days of Lent would help him achieve his goal. With Easter around the corner, he has lost 4 stone and is looking great.

He is a nursery cook so preparing meals is part of his daily job. This sounds torturous to me. I can only imagine that to smell, touch and cook food and not eat it must be really hard. I cannot go a day without eating.

According to my friend, the hunger goes within a couple of days as your body adjusts to the fasting and starts using the fat stored in your body. What he misses most is not the eating but tasting flavours.

However, from a man who has ran marathons and climbed mountains, he says this is one of the easiest things he has ever done. There are no choices to make. Only to drink water.

I don’t know how many other religions observe severe fasting like this. Members of my family have fasted with only water. The Jain religion has a period around August where people fast for 8 days. I thought this was amazing as it is something that I have never felt I could do.

However, 40 days of no food is worth celebrating. The man wants a curry and beer to break his fast. I think he deserves it!


5 Comments to “Observing Lent”

  1. Sounds quite extreme and unhealthy to only have water for 40 days. My understanding of Lent was that practicing Christians didn’t eat meat or dairy products. My friends tended to not even do this but select something to give up for the month, e.g. chocolate.

    Muslims fast for a month for Ramadan and it’s hard. I only ever keep one for my mum but the day begins with a good ol’ Punjabi breakfast at 4am consisting of parathas, breakfast cereal, rice pudding, lots of tea….it’s amazng what you can pack in when you know it has to last the day!

    Easter eggs are too yummy, especially little Lindtt Bunnies mmmmmmmm almost too cute to eat but I manage.

  2. I would rather prefer to give up something like chocolate than not eat. In fact I gave up chocolate for 10 months when I was pregnant with my first child. This was another religious sacrifice made. This is another story and I will post something on this tradition later.

    I have also read research that has highlighted the health implications of fasting for long periods of time. Apparently Gandhi never fasted for more 21 days at a time.

    Good on you Bubbly for doing a day. I am always proud of people who can fast because I really can’t!

    I have just bought a Lindtt Bunny! Yummy….

  3. Wow bunty, I had no idea that lent was like this. I have a few friends who observe it but give up crisps or something like that.

    My friend fasts for the long life of her husband and son. She’s a hindu – I don’t think there’s an equivalent fast for wives or daughters, but I might be wrong on this.

  4. I had a mate at uni who observed ramadhan in the morning then would grab a bacon sandwich on the way to class. Legend!

  5. VB, I am not aware of any fasts for wives and daughters in hinduism. Maybe I am wrong and someone can enlighten us.

    Glitterball – Legend indeed!!!

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