Lent 2020

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Nadine Haddad, Staff Writer; DIrector of Social Media

This year, I decided to follow my family’s Greek Orthodox tradition of becoming vegan for Lent. This certainly will be difficult considering the fact that I work at Chick-fil-A, but I like to believe that anything is possible. 

My dad tells me that fasting is a great way to cleanse your body and mind and to appreciate the thing(s) that you are giving up. For 40 days, my dad and I are giving up animal products, and we will also not be eating/drinking from 12 AM to 12 PM.

At first, I was concerned for our plans for Lent because we had not bought any vegan snacks or substitutes to milk products (coconut milk, oat milk, etc.). After sharing this with my dad, he told me that he will be cooking traditional Lebanese meals that do not go anywhere beyond the ingredients we have at our house. Such foods include mujaddara, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghanoush, and more (pictured above)! 

I also realized that when I am at work, I can eat waffle fries, make myself a fruit cup or salad, or even have some apple sauce. It certainly will be taunting to smell the sandwiches and nuggets and not be able to eat them, but let’s just hope I have enough willpower to resist fast food.

Along with being vegan, I will commit to doing yoga every day during this period. Hopefully it will encourage me to practice yoga every day beyond the 40 days. Since yoga classes are quite expensive (especially if you are planning on doing it every day for over a month), I suggest watching the YouTube channel Yoga With Adrienne. I will be embarking on her 30-day journey to Home, which I am super excited for!

I remember my first experience with Lent was when I was 12 years old. Towards the beginning, I oftentimes forgot that I was even vegan, and I distinctly remember eating my friend’s Cheeto in the cafeteria and asking her, “Wait. Are Cheeto’s vegan?”

In case you didn’t know, they are not.

Due to my past experience, I am hoping that this year of Lent will not only open my mind towards the things I am grateful for, but I hope it will make me more responsible and committed to my priorities and the things I set my mind to.

I am looking forward to writing about my experience after Lent ends. See you in 40 days!