I was SUCH a good boy this morning


I resisted temptation, but I DID take a picture. So does this qualify as food porn?


So here it is the second Friday in Lent, and this morning, for the first time in a couple of weeks, the breakfast buffet at the club had those lovely, juicy, fat sausages that I like so much.

But… I… did… not… indulge!

So I expect you all to be terribly impressed at my virtue and self-discipline…

14 thoughts on “I was SUCH a good boy this morning

  1. Kathryn Fenner

    Someone with as many medically based food restrictions as you have might reconsider religious ones–swap out for something at least as religiously apt.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      It doesn’t hurt me to have just fruit for breakfast every once in a while.

      BUT… I’ll admit that sometimes, in order to fuel myself to get through the day, I give myself dispensations…

      In this case, I’ll get plenty of protein eating fish at lunch and dinner.

      1. Kathryn Fenner

        I would think that eating nothing would be easier than the sort of glycemic hit you get from just fruit…or oatmeal with alternative milk?

        1. Brad Warthen Post author

          Ah, but oatmeal isn’t paleo!

          I’m trying hard to get my digestion and my allergies and everything else as shipshape as possible before going to Thailand (8 days to go), because who knows what will assault my system then?

          1. Kathryn Fenner

            I just read in a reputable place–NPR or NYT, that early Britons ate wheat 2000 years before they farmed it. “Paleo” is not very accurate.

            1. Brad Warthen Post author

              Yeah, I heard that. Those tossers weren’t even GROWING the stuff; they were getting it from France.

              I’ll bet they all suffered from wheat belly, and didn’t know why…

            2. Brad Warthen Post author

              Brits in the era may have been eating it (and probably trying to make beer from it), but I’ll bet you AMERICAN paleos didn’t.

              The Brit paleos all thought the American paleos were wild and bloodthirsty… always trying to get the Brits to join them in invading Mesopotamia…

  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    The guy I was having breakfast with this morning is having a tougher time. He gave up meat for Lent.

    He hadn’t intended to.

    He was in confession and the confessor asked, “And what are you doing for Lent?”

    He lost his head, and said he would give up meat! So now he’s trapped…

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      Or he could actually think about what Lenten observances are really about, and perhaps change to something more meaningful than something committed to on the fly.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        Monsignor Lehocky, our former longtime pastor at St. Peter’s, used to always discourage us from “giving up” stuff for Lent.

        Lent is supposed to be about, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. He would say that it didn’t do any good just to give something up; the sacrifice had to have a purpose that benefited someone else.

        If you quit buying beer and used the money to donate to the poor, that was good. Or if you quite watching TV and used the time gained to help other people out, then it was all to the good.

        Otherwise, he suggested, it was kind of wasted energy…

  3. Karen Pearson

    Before you decide that the “Paleo” diet is so great, you might want to consider the average life expectancy of those folks.

  4. Doug T

    Fasted past 2 Fridays (well, solid food anyway…drank coffee and tea). Wasn’t as difficult as I remembered. Did it years ago and ended up losing a lot of weight. Also, I have permanently sworn off sausage, bacon and hot dogs.

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      Intermittent fasting has a ton of science saying it’s a good thing. Sort of reboots a lot of systems–lowers triglycerides, I think, too.

  5. Norm Ivey

    I am eating more fresh plants and fewer dead animals both for the health benefits and to reduce my impact on the planet, and I have drastically reduced my sugar intake in the form of sweets–especially sodas and candy. If my faith did require sacrifice during Lent, I suppose it would have to be beer. That would be difficult.

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