I’m giving up food. Ok not really. Restaurant food. It’s pretty ridiculous how much money I spend going out to eat on a regular basis. Bistros, sushi, & Chick-fl-a add up. I was out to eat with a friend on Sunday and she and I were talking about the fact that many people in our world live off of less than 1 dollar per day, and here we are about to drop 15 bucks on dinner. Time for a reality check.
I’m not saying going out is bad, but too much is too much.
Not only is it expensive, there’s the element of what I’m actually eating. Was that turkey on my sandwich organic? Packaged? Where did it come from? After reading Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, I’ve been even more convicted to know my food. Eating at home not only gives me control over what I use to make a meal, it also forces me to be creative with dishes and perhaps, learn some new recipes.
In the end, this goes beyond my wallet and straight to my body. If I believe I’m the imago dei, made in the image of my Creator, I want my decisions to reflect a respect and gratitude for what I’ve been given. For someone my age, where eating out is both convenient and social, this Lent season can seem like eternity. Who knows, maybe it’ll feel like that, or hopefully, it will inspire me to limit my restaurant outings after this season.
Bloggies, have you given anything up for Lent? If so, what and more importantly, why?