Fasting For Lent

3 Mar

My fast for Lent began today, in accordance with the Greek Christian Orthodox calendar. I am now following a Vegan diet until Easter Sunday.

Last week, in preparation for the fasting period, the church only permitted a meat-free diet. No fish was allowed, either – only seafood. I survived without my favourite meat dishes surprisingly well, although my cheese intake quadrupled!

As a result, not everyone is convinced that I can go Vegan for 49 days, but I’m off to a great start. We weren’t allowed to consume any oil today – not even vegetable oil – yet I am stuffed with good food: an assortment of healthy yet delicious morsels prepared by my mother (who diligently fasts several times a year, as per religious guidelines).

If every day is like today, seven weeks of Orthodox Lent should be an exciting culinary experience that may well become an annual event. I am enjoying the discovery of new food products and flavour combinations and feel rather inspired. Of course, it’s only the first day – and I may resort to cannibalism within two weeks if the meat-pangs kick in – but I’m quietly confident that I’ll complete my spiritual and physical cleanse without succumbing to sinful temptations.

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