Apparently the whole Lenten Fast thing is an unfortunate sort of pretend fake fasting.
The church emphasizes the start of the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday by requiring us to fast and abstain from meat. Catholics older than 14 are to abstain from meat or any foods made with meat for the day, and Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 are required to fast for the day. Fasting is defined as eating only one complete meal and two smaller ones with no snacking in between.
So you can eat three times a day and still say you’re fasting? Seriously? Oh well. Just another reason to be glad to be reformed. I can eat three times today and have a couple of protein shakes and I can do it without having to tell people I’m ‘fasting’.
[I love my Lent observing friends, but really, what’s the point? It’s all just so superficial].