Trying to lose weight -Are you giving up anything for Lent?

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This week sees us starting the religious build up to Easter with Shrove Tuesday known as Pancake Day, followed by Lent. This starts on Ash Wednesday for approximately 6 weeks until Easter Sunday which this year falls on Sunday 26th March.

The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer,penance repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self denial.

So whether you are religious of not, if you decide to deny yourself something you enjoy, this can provide a focus for you to kick any problem you have with eating.

Personally I find chocolate hard to resist and although I am careful to only eat it in small amounts I think it is easy to become complacent and just start having a bit more and then of course this can become a slippery slope.  I have decided therefore to give up chocolate for Lent.  This not is not for religious reasons but just to keep my chocolate eating in check.

I am no saint however as I have had a dry January giving up Alcohol during January up to my birthday on 14th February so while I will not be eating chocolate I will be able to have a glass of wine.

If you are having a pancake on Tuesday you might find this a useful lower calorie recipe.

Fruity Pancakes

Serves 4 (2 each)

170 calories per serving


  • 125g wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil for cooking the pancakes
  • Mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 4 tbsp low-fat yoghurt


  1. Place the flour into a bowl. Beat the egg, milk together, and then slowly add to the flour. Stir the mixture until a smooth batter forms. Leave to stand for about 20 minutes, and then stir again.
  2. Brush a non-stick frying pan with the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture and shake the pan so that it spreads. Cook the pancake for 2 minutes, or until the underside is lightly browned. Flip over and cook the other side for a further minute.
  3. Keep the pancake warm while you cook the rest. The mixture should make 8 pancakes in all. Divide the pancakes between 4 plates, top the pancakes with the mixed berries and yoghurt and serve.

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