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!