Lent Fasting Got You Down? Here Are 5 Ways to ‘Cheat’

giving up ice cream for lentTwo days into Lent -- 38 more to go -- and I'm quite curious as to whether everyone is surviving their Lenten resolutions. Though I myself am not giving up anything this year, I do have a long, long history of giving up chocolate and desserts in the past. (That's what happens when you grow up going to Catholic schools.) Of course, not only was I skilled at giving things up during Lent, I was also skilled at looking for ways to cheat on my resolutions. It just comes with the territory.

Now, I know what you are thinking: What's the use in "cheating" when the whole point of the season is to sacrifice and grow spiritually? Well, I don't mean "cheating" in the strictest sense. I'm referring instead to little tricks just to get you through -- 40 days is a long time to go without the things you enjoy!


Of course, the most classic way to "cheat" is to take Sundays off. I've always been suspect of this tradition myself, but some people (for instance, my mother who has a sweet tooth) like to claim that Sunday is a "free day" and, therefore, it's permissible to break your fast. (And just because I'm suspect doesn't mean I wouldn't take advantage.)

But there are other ways around it, too. Say, for example, you're one of the many admirable but masochistic people who gave up chocolate. Well, what if you "accidentally" were to eat something healthy that by mistake had chocolate in it -- you know, like trail mix. You really can't be expected to pick all the chocolate pieces out, can you? There's only one thing to do: Eat it, but don't enjoy it.

Or maybe you gave up soda. Obviously, that doesn't mean that you can't down a small cup a coffee for a quick pick-me-up. Feeling a little guilty? Then maybe decaf.

If you gave up sugar, no offense, but that's a really easy one. There are plenty of foods with natural sweeteners you can make do with until the end of Lent -- fruits, yogurt, fruit juice, soda. You're totally covered and I don't want to hear any complaining out of you.

Giving up alcohol is a little more tricky; however, there is nonalcoholic beer and sparkling apple cider that can do in a pinch.

Or maybe you simply have plenty of willpower to make it all the way through and don't need any of these tricks -- in which case, well done, you!

What are you giving up for Lent?

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