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LOUIS — DAY 19: Midnight Snacking
Saying "No" to Snacks, Soda, and Sweets this Lent
As another week of Lent rolls by, surprisingly I’ m still discovering new perils and pitfalls along my Lenten journey. One such danger that’s been lurking in the background and particularly plaguing me is the dreaded midnight snack.
Now I don’t know how you operate, but I am without a doubt a night owl. I always have been, from the time I’m little, and despite trying to change my habits from time to time, I always end up reverting to a stay-up-late sort of schedule. Unfortunately for both my Lenten sacrifice and my eating habits in general, my late nights tend to be accompanied by a desire to add an extra trip to the kitchen to my day. Whether it’s for something smallish like some cookies or crackers (saltines with peanut butter will never cease to satisfy) or a bit more, shall we say elaborate, solution to my hunger, there’s usually something that I end up craving between dinner and bedtime.
Thankfully, though, I’ve managed to keep myself at bay thus far. That’s not to say I’ve been 100% slip-up free this Lent (more on that later in the week, I promise), but at the very least I’ve done a solid job fighting off the temptation of the midnight snack. I may even end up banishing it altogether (or at the very least, getting better at curbing my appetite!)
Has your Lenten sacrifice helped you to face any bad habits you have? Do you plan on using this year’s sacrifice as a springboard to better habits? How so? Let us know in the comments!