How to Give up Chocolate for Lent

how to give up chocolate for lent

Right, I’ve decided! I’m giving up chocolate for lent and here’s how I’m going to do it…

With most of us giving up chocolate for lent (did you know that it’s one of the most tweeted about things this 2014?) I’ve created a helpful guide that I’m hoping to stick to for 40 days.

chocolate bar

Step 1: Why give it up?

Well, I have made eating chocolate a habit. I must eat some at least once a day… Some people may do it to lose weight; I however simply want to see if I have the will power to do so.

Lent is actually a religious task that’s set, so this can sometimes be motivation enough!

Motivation: Use the reason to why you’re giving chocolate up for lent to motivate you through this hard time.

Easier said than done, right? But, constantly remind yourself that ‘I’m doing this because…’

Step 2: Cravings

I have a desk job, which means I look around for something to munch on and quite often than not. I can sometimes crave chocolate at as early as half 9 … and that’s when work begins!!

Occupy Your Mind: Think about something else.

I’m an individual who once (very briefly) studied psychology and so I think that this can be tackled with your mind. Occupy yourself with work so that you forget and don’t have time to think about chocolate. Maybe have another healthy snack to let the craving subside.

Step 3: Treat Yourself

I believe that we need a reward after a hard day at work now and then, don’t you agree?  So, if I’m giving up chocolate, I’d like to treat myself another way. I don’t like sweets or crisps much but peanut butter is definitely up my street.

Your Reward: Newsflash… although you like chocolate, it’s not the only nice food out there!

You might not like sweets, crisps or fruits and nuts more than chocolate but it can still count as your treat. If you’re losing weight then go for healthy snacks and if not think then about other treats that you might like to have – like Haribo or Doritos 😉

Step 4: Success

Seeing success makes us perceiver in our endeavours so I always look forward to when I succeed and tell myself how happy I will be once I’ve accomplished this (plus when lent ends and I can eat chocolate again haha). Most of all though it will show me that I can live without this one luxury of my life, which will make me appreciate it even more!

Countdown: How many days are left?

Think about counting as each day goes past and celebrate that you’ve come closer to finishing. It’s a great way to keep yourself motivated and feel good about what you are doing.


I think this will be a difficult journey as I don’t remember the last time I haven’t had chocolate as a snack… I’m determined to give up chocolate for lent though. Are you?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

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