I thought long and hard about what to give up for Lent. I have lots of options…Facebook, chocolate, Candy Crush Saga, coffee, etc.
I wanted something that would be a sacrifice for me, but would also benefit my family. I decided to give up eating out for the following reasons.
1) It’s healthier for my family to eat home cooked meals. I control the ingredients and portion sizes.
2) It’s a sacrifice for me because ordering out or running to McDonald’s has always been what I did when I was too tired to cook or too stressed to figure out what to make. Now for forty days, I don’t have that option.
3) It’s healthier for our budget. Eating out is expensive! Our family of six can easily spend $30 on fast food. I can buy lots of whole foods for $30 and even splurge on items, like shrimp, that I don’t buy on a regular basis.
4) It’s forcing me to create and stick to a meal plan. I’ve been trying to do this for over a year, but I always give it up after a few days because I have a stressful or exhausting day and I default to take out food.
What did you give up for Lent?