I’m not religious. But this year, I decided to practice Catholicism…sort of. The concept of lent really appeals to me. Some of you might be wondering – what is Lent? Well, I’m not really sure myself. But what I do know is that it is a time for people to repent their sins and “self-deny” before Easter Sunday. My sin was binge drinking.
Now before you think “wow Den, you’re such an alcoholic…” THINK AGAIN.
I don’t completely mean alcohol. I mean the consumption of soft drinks, juices, and smoothies (drinking calories, not good). This year, I quit two things: alcohol and sweet drinks. Alcohol meaning beverages containing alcohol; sweet drinks meaning beverages containing sugar (even natural sugars). So basically:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Teas that have been sweetened
- All kinds of juice (including freshly squeezed/juiced)
- Soda (including diet sodas with 0 calories, but club soda/soda water/sparkling water was ok)
I did this partly because my intake of sugar was waaaaay higher than it should have been. The other part was because before the start of Lent, I drank my way into March. I needed a detox.
It was not as hard as it seemed. Living in Hong Kong means lots of social drinking, because sometimes there isn’t anything else to do after work hours. But during this detox, all I did after my dinners with friends was go home. I know it sounds pretty lame but I didn’t want to be tempted by the colorful drinks that would have been coaxing me to take a sip. Honestly, it saved me a lot of money. I used to take cabs home which would cost me around $75…but leaving after dinner means I get to take the subway home which is only $3.20 (hehe student discount)! I also didn’t have to spend $300+ a night on drinks which was amazing. I saved a lot of money.
So how did I feel after lent was over?
But on a serious note, I did start drinking sweet drinks again. I craved ginger ale really badly so I’ve probably drank 4 cans or more since it ended. I KNOW it’s so bad for me, but I love it. I do feel a little bit sick now after consuming any sweetened beverages (except for healthy smoothies/juices). The detox has definitely made me resent sweetened drinks more than I used to, and I actually find myself looking for water when I’m parched more than anything else.
You guys should try it! Or try quitting something you know is harmful to your body for 40+ days. It will definitely make you feel great by the end of it. Let me know how it goes.