The word “shrove” is not used often in our home. Ever? It is the past tense of “shrive” which is a religious word meaning to hear a confession, assign penance and be absolved from sin.
Shrove Tuesday is also referred to as Fat Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Mardi Gras and is the last day before we enter the season of Lent. In many places, a huge party is thrown. In the history of the church, this was a time to use up butter and lard and fat and other good things in the kitchen in order to prepare for a fast.
With little notice of the date on the calendar, my husband and I decided that it was time for a bit of a reset and have entered into a juice fast. I must admit that we were very motivated having seen Joe from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
Juice fasting is not easy and is also not an economical choice in the kitchen. It is however, a very good way to get a lot of nutrients and to plow through the abundance of greens that the oncoming spring brings to us in the desert Southwest.
With very few “cheats”, we have been enjoying a wide range of fruits and vegetables. We begin our day with lemon juice and water flavored with a bit of stevia and cayenne pepper. This spicy lemonade is a wonderful wake up drink. Then, we move on to something akin to Joe’s Green Machine. It is greens, celery, apple, ginger and lemon.
At lunch time, we’ve acquainted ourselves with a few of the new juice bars that are popping up in our community and have found a wide range of healthful options. Alas, perhaps this should be referred to as the shrove since the fresh raw juices are painful to the wallet.
In the evening, I’ve been working on savory options. The key is to cut the strong green flavor with other vegetables. While still earthy, I think the combination goes down easily. Last night, we juice feasted on mustard greens, carrot, dill, turnips and tomatoes.
While I’m very tempted by the smell of warm tortilla chips, popcorn, and pizza, I have good energy and am finding that my clothes aren’t fitting as snugly. Many faithful Christians celebrate lent but some sort of fasting or by giving up some type of luxury for a period of approximately 40 days. Chocolate, sugar, alcohol, and meat seem to top the list of many of the practitioners that we know.
Have you ever fasted? Juiced? What has been your experience?