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40 days and 40 nights

I am not at all religious.  I think I attended Sunday School until I was about 7 or 8 when I decided I wasn’t into it.  But in today’s culture – which embraces none of the religious doctrines but all of the fun food-related holidays – it seems fine and dandy to dip a toe into the odd religious festival.  So while every year my friends are giving up chocolate for the tenth time, I’ve decided that this year I’ll give something up for Lent.  Not for any specific reason other than right now I could do with losing some weight and saving some money.

So for the next 40 days I’ll be giving up…. MEAT.

Roy Lichtenstein ‘Meat’, 1962

I’m not a huge meat-eater I suppose, but no one could accuse me of cheating.  Living with a self-confessed KFC-fancier who doesn’t feel full unless his meal consists of at least 1/3 meat (bar, perhaps, breakfast) I’ve come to realise – the hard way – who you live with can really impact on your meal choices.  Especially when said 30-year-old boyfriend has the metabolism most teenagers dream of.  So while he chomps down on meat galore, I’m just going to say no.

It feels kind of good knowing that I’m not alone and that it’s still a talking point – most people seem to be giving something up (even if it’s as ridiculous as going without massages for 40 days).  And armed with vegetarian recipe books, a cupboard full of lentils and my veggie father on speed dial, I’m intrigued to see how hard this will be..

Wish me luck!