May 5, 2019

I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2 | I'm Not as Strong as I Thought

What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

As promised, here is the follow up post to the original I Gave Up Junk Food For Lent. If you haven’t read that post go ahead and click here to check it out. It’ll give you some background to this post. 

So to start it off, I failed guys. I succumbed to the temptation and the amazing smells of food and I could not give up junk food completely. But...let me explain because it’s not as bad as you think. 

Zach Galifianakis saying I'm sorry I fudged up guys, man shaking his head, What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2

My original challenge for lent was to give up junk food at my school and substitute them for green smoothies. This included foods like: 
  • KFC
  • Burger King
  • Chinese food
  • Patties
  • Pizza
  • and any other food that wasn't cooked in my house.
I thought this would be somewhat easy since my mother already cooks healthy food - my stepfather has high blood pressure and my little brother has hyperthyroidism so they can’t eat just anything. Giving up these foods at school would just equate to me eating more home cooked meals and saving my daily lunch money. And saving money meant I could spend it on other things I want. So the motivation to get it done was definitely there. 

Nonetheless I took on the challenge with maximum motivation however, after two days I started thinking that I bit off more than I could chew. Normally I can finish a regular fruit smoothie (papaya, banana, pineapple and berries) in five minutes or less but this vegetable smoothie took me about 15 mins. It wasn’t even a smoothie anymore but the time I drank everything - it transformed into warm-ish green juice *barfs*.

I never had any issues eating these same vegetables but this blend had me feeling some time a way. But I had to drink it for the greater good of my body - was trying to get fit for summer (didn't work as planned though). I eventually found ways to get around the weird taste like adding more blue agave (sweetener) or making sure that the straw was as close as possible to the back of my mouth so the juice didn't touch my tongue when I swallowed. 

Picture of a green vegetable smoothie and a pink fruit smoothie, What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

BUT about a week after Ash Wednesday the smoothie shop at my school closed down (indefinitely) and my replacement meals basically disappeared. At first I tried to work around it by eating larger potions at home before I went to school. Then I moved on to bringing lunch with me daily but I got tired of that really quickly. My only other option was to remove patties from the list of banned foods and use them as a substitute for smoothies. 

So I basically ended up needing a substitute for my substitution. Sad right?! 

Anyways, this worked for the remaining days of Lent and the more time passed the less guilty I felt. When Lent finally ended I actually was surprised that I didn’t go crazy and eat a bunch of junk food so that's an improvement. But I definitely didn’t turn it down when my mom offered me some Wendy's. So you guys should be a little proud of me.

picture of vegetable wraps, watermelon, cantaloupe and pinemelon, What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

Apart from the technical difficulties that arose, I completed my mission and I find myself having little interest in eating burgers and fries nowadays. Surprisingly I miss the memory of drinking smoothies with my friends everyday and I even miss the weird taste of the green smoothie. 

I don’t know if I’ll be drinking it any time soon (since I’m on summer break) but if the option pops up I’ll seriously consider it. I’m also thinking about purchasing a mini blender so I can make my own smoothies when the cravings arise. 

Comments Discussion 

On a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate my performance? 
Would you consider giving up junk food? 
Have you done it before? 
Do you have any recommendations for substitutes I could use for junk food? 

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1 comment:

  1. I tried to give up chocolate and snacks for lent and I also failed miserably. I did good for about 2 weeks and then ate something before I even realised it had chocolate. It was a myth but I tried and I will be trying again soon!