Posted: 20 February 2015

BenevoLent: I'm giving up sugar for Lent

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Today, Lorna tells us what she is giving up for our BenevoLent campaign. 


I’m not an actively practicing Christian, but the idea of giving something up for Lent really appealed to me this year. I’m aware of how fortunate I am in that I rarely have to deny myself anything. This year a number of parents in the UK are using food banks to feed their families and I’ve actively choosen to cut back, but that’s why it’s important.

‘No sugar, glucose or any other word ending in ‘ose’ on the label.’

I think that the act of giving something up during Lent is a really great way to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are. Not to mention that spring has started to arrive and there’s nothing like a bit of sun peeking through the clouds to make you want to prepare yourself for summer.

I’m giving up sugar as an ingredient. I won’t be eating anything that has sugar, glucose, fructose, dextrose or any other word ending in ‘ose’ on the label. I’m also giving up things like honey and maple syrup. I’ll still be eating some natural sugars, but by cutting out added sugar and sugary foods in general, my overall sugar intake should be less than 3-4 teaspoons a day. Let’s put that into perspective - the average person consumes around 14 teaspoons of sugar a day.

I’m also doing this because I have a sweet tooth and eat too many treats. Sometimes, I don’t take the time to check what I’m eating and as a result I end up eating a lot of added (hidden) sugar. Giving up sugar will require me to give up foods that I like a lot, and eat more consciously.

Why not get involved?

Honestly, 40 days is a long time, but I’m excited. It’s a fantastic opportunity for reflection, to make some important lifestyle changes and practice generosity in a more deliberate way.

To keep myself on track, I’ve signed up to do the BenevoLent challenge and also signed up to 40 Acts  to get daily prompts on being more generous during Lent. I used our BenevoLent tool to calculate how much I’ll be saving by not eating a chocolate bar every day - £33.60 – and I’ll be donating this at the end of Lent.  You can follow my BenevoLent journey on twitter or get involved yourself. 

By Lorna Barton-Nicol - Guest bloggers

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