We’ve all been there before: we’ve just polished off 8 gooey chocolate drizzled pancakes and whilst feeling suitably stuffed and a strange mixture of pride and guilt, we optimistically declare that it’s okay, because we’re giving up chocolate for Lent. For the next 40 days, our bodies will be a temple. Except, that’s not really how it plays out is it? Two weeks in and we’re back enjoying the little zing behind our Chilli Chocolate and sinking into the floaty heaven that is our Eton Mess Bar.
To help you avoid getting stuck in the same trap this year, here’s our suggestions for five things you could let go of for Lent that will make a much more positive impact on your life than giving up chocolate. They’ll also be far easier to keep!
1. Late nights
Burning the candle at both ends only makes for a grouchy and overtired you, so make an effort to get to bed an hour, or even just half an hour, earlier each night. After all, the health benefits of extra quality sleep far outweigh that of giving up a square of chocolate.
2. Your Smartphone
Okay, so maybe you can bend the rules with this one; we don’t mean you have to give it up all together, but with most adults spending an estimated 3 hours and 12 minutes a day skimming their phones — and that’s just outside of work — maybe cutting back on screen time wouldn’t be so bad? Digital detox = life retox!
Ahhhh, the one you were hoping for. They say that the key to success is everything in moderation, and that includes a little bit of the things that are ‘bad’ for you. Dark chocolate in particular is full of antioxidants, which lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and soluble fibre which keeps you fuller for longer!
4. The Sofa
We know better than anyone that our favourite spot on the sofa, a bar of chocolate and a good book are the ultimate dream team. However, there’s a lot to be said for divorcing the sofa for 40 days in favour of getting outdoors. Take a health-helping, mood-boosting, mind-clearing walk and enjoy Spring!
Put £1 in a swear jar every time you drop a naughty word, then spend the money you save on chocolate. It’s a win-win!
In summary, if you’re not going to fully commit to your it all the way through, you’re really just wasting two weeks of delicious chocolate eating time!