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Easter without Chocolate

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter without chocolate? What's that all about?!? I made a promise to myself: always have chocolate at least once a day. I lost weight, but kept that promise. I kept that promise for years.

That promise got broken two months ago. It wasn't that I didn't want to eat chocolate. I just decided one day that it wasn't in my calorie ratios to eat it. That next day I could have had some, but it would have been just before bed and it gives me heartburn. The third day I asked myself why I insist on eating it, if it gives me heartburn?

Don't get me wrong. I still eat chocolate. I just don't eat as much. I ate some yesterday, but it was 15 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I don't have any Easter chocolate, though.

What is Easter all about, anyway? Chicks and chocolate? Bunnies and beans? Eggs and marshmallow treats? It's about Jesus rising from the dead! If that is not what you believe, the purpose for this blog is not to try to convince you of that, but the "holiday" is because of Jesus' resurrection. If you're Jewish, it's about the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. Pasach. It's about the salvation of God's people sparing His people from the death of the firstborn through the blood of the substitute firstborn lamb.. Christians believe Easter is the type of Pasach, the antitype.

I am eating healthy this Easter. I figured if I cannot celebrate Easter without partaking of all the things that have nothing to do with Easter, I really don't have an Easter celebration, anyway. Not that enjoying favorite foods is wrong. Not that we are slaves to avoiding certain food. But are we free to NOT have certain foods?

This Easter I will celebrate without chocolate. No bunnies. Not even a chocolate cross! I still have the cross of Christ to celebrate and the taste of eternal hope is more bittersweet than my dark chocolate could ever be. The holiday is not about the food. It's about the holiday.

Have a blessed Easter and shine on, Health Stars, shine on! emoticon
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  • JUDITH316
    Thank you Clay for sharing emoticon And like you, Easter was the time for me to Celebrate Jesus, He is Risen just as He Said, Hallelujah we Serve a Risen Savior

    I came here hoping to see a more recent post but have been blessed with your Easter Blog,

    Not sure if you knew, shortly after Easter I found my self preparing for Surgery, my 3rd Cancer surgery in less than a year....it has been a challenging time so would appreciate your prayers...

    It is Week 3 Post-op Issues with Pain, Swelling and High Blood Pressure. Sutures are still dissolving...

    Hope to hear from you and see you back on our Team again. Yes I emoticon

    God Bless you Clay... emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 5/21/2020 5:11:14 AM
  • SOFT_VAL67
    Honey bought a pack of marshmellow peeps as an inside gag gift to a co-worker.
    The real joke was---I ate them!!!
    741 days ago
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    743 days ago
    Tahnks, Carl!

    JERSEYGIRL24, Ah! Dyngus Day. Grew up in Buffalo, NY, the highest per capita Polish population in the @country, though not the highest total Polish population. At least you don't have to eat the pussy willows!
    751 days ago
    Trying not to get preachy here.

    A lot of holidays have lost their meaning because of traditions that have nothing to do with the holiday itself. Now don't get me wrong, I love food as much as anyone (hence my full figure). But as a Jew married to a Christian who tries to observe everything, the holidays have devolved into a food fest that causes a lot of stress. We have to go to this place and that to buy foods that are readily available anywhere, but there is something special about these particular places (prime brisket and homemade kielbasa, for example). We have been married for 41 years, and this year I had to go out and get pussy willows because they are traditional Polish. I had absolutely NO idea.

    You certainly have the right to eat traditional holiday foods or not. The true meaning of Easter has nothing to do with chocolate (which has become deeply ingrained in the holiday). Again, absolutely not trying to be preachy or stand on a soapbox.
    751 days ago
  • CGPS1795
    Happy & Blessed Easter Clay!

    May the Freedom won through Jesus' Cross & Resurection continue to give all of us the freedom to choose to eat & Live the New Life as healthy as we can become!

    Blessings to you & your!

    Carl emoticon emoticon emoticon
    751 days ago

    Have a happy & blessed Easter. My Easter is all about Jesus.
    752 days ago
  • no profile photo GREYTDOLPHIN
    Happy Easter. I have only gotten the candy for the grandkids---and one big chocolate bunny that my DH selected for himself while I was getting the stuff for the kids. I no longer like milk chocolate and have sworn off white chocolate. I always treated myself to one small square of dark chocolate a day, but on days I forget, have stopped eating it at night---also have the old heartburn thing.
    752 days ago
    @RO2BENT, that's what I usually do.
    @1DAY-ATA-TIME, Shalom Aleichem!
    @RAINBOWMF, the answer is from pagan traditions. They were "converted" by force, or would be executed, so they became "Christian," but weren't willing to give up their own celebrations, so after centuries of fighting it, Christians embraced the traditions, but tried to change the symbolism. For most, that has worked more effectively. Most people don't know the pagan traditions and explain the Christmas tree, lights, gift giving, the eggs, chicks, etc., depending on the holiday, in a way that illustrates Christian truth. I have mixed feelings on that. I can see biblical support for and against that practice.

    In the end, I wasn't trying to put down the Easter traditions. I was just saying I can still celebrate Easter without eating chocolate, because the holiday isn't about the food; it's about the holiday. We don't have to be derailed by "must have" foods - even on the holidays. (Although, I suppose the Pasach actually requires certain foods.)

    Shine on, Health Stars, shine on! emoticon
    752 days ago
    You are so right.
    Amen to that.

    Like Christmas, where do some of these ridiculous traditions start ?

    Have a good week end.

    753 days ago
    I have one square of a really good dark chocolate that's low in fat and sugar
    753 days ago
    Happy Easter and Chag Pasach!
    753 days ago
    Cute picture 👍. Have a blessed weekend 😊 👍🙏
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