In the last post I mentioned a more prayerful approach to eating our meals for Lent, which we hope will become a habit after six weeks. Another habit to help in the way we eat is taking stock of what you eat. Working on all of these habits at once may be too much for anyone. Let’s consider another one that might help during Lent – track what you eat. You can choose one or more of the habits you want to work on. There are lots of apps out there for smart phones related. You can download the “Weight Watchers” app or another one called “Lose It” and start making quick entries of what you are eating. You can also choose a simpler approach and just keep a simple written diary.
Being conscious of what we are eating can help us more easily choose the kinds of things we will eat as well as consider things like portion size, calories, and nutritional value. It will also help spot potential problem areas in your eating. Writing down what we eat is a more mindful way of eating and helps reduce cheating. It’s not something you will do every day but it can help.
So put your smart phone to work or sharpen up that pencil and begin to journal a little for Lent. We are caretakers of this life that belongs to God. It doesn’t belong to us and we will have to account for its use.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Cor. 6:19