Tuesday 19 September 2017

Lent has many benefits, with or without religion

Lent is a great time to reignite New Year's resolutions without any of that old religion, writes Sarah Caden

All or nothing: Our attitude towards food is confused because of the way we talk about being ‘good’ and being ‘bad’. Stock photo
All or nothing: Our attitude towards food is confused because of the way we talk about being ‘good’ and being ‘bad’. Stock photo

Sarah Caden

Lent is great, really. Just when you'd forgotten what your New Year's resolutions were, along comes Lent and allows you to kick-start your personal overhaul. And Lent is only 40 days, as opposed to that impossibly long 365-day goal that is a full year, so that makes it so much easier to meet your goals.

Forty days of no chocolate, or no biscuits or booze is manageable. Why you might even hoard the chocolate and biscuits and booze for an Easter splurge, like you did when you were a child. With the traditional break for St Patrick's Day, of course. Lent is great, really; a wonderful time for a feel-good personal overhaul.

The religious aspect to Shrove Tuesday and the subsequent period of Lent barely got a mention last week, but it was hard to avoid talk of Lenten self-denial as some sort of delightful detox diet.

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