Going Dry for Lent, Beginning with a Six-Day Cleanse
For the past few years I’ve given up different variations of alcoholic beverages. One year, I gave up wine, but that only had me drinking more beer and vodka & tonics. Last year, I gave up my weekday drinks. Even though it’s typically only one glass per night, I found myself really craving it every single night. But knowing that I’d be enjoying it on the weekends kind of took something away from the whole Lenten experience. Not much of a sacrifice going five days without.
This year, I am planning to give up ALL kinds of alcohol for the entire season. No excuses for St. Patty’s Day like in past years. No drinking on weekends. I’m going dry from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. It’s only 6 weeks, but for this wine lover, it will probably feel like a lifetime.
Since December, I feel like I’ve been drinking more and eating more sweets and junk food. I don’t know if it’s the Christmas party season that sparked it, or the winter blues, but whatever the reason, something’s gotta give.
To help me kick-start my ride on the wagon, I’m going to do a six-day cleanse to try to detox from all the sugars and other chemicals I’ve been craving. After talking with a girlfriend who has done this before, I’ve found a cleanse program that I think I can get through without going into starvation mode.
I would LOVE some company on this journey. Whether you want to do just the cleanse with me, come along on my wagon ride, or give up something else for Lent, I’d love to hear your own personal challenges.