Giving Up

These are black and white cookies that I made the other day for a photo project for Picture Inspiration.  The theme was “rhythm” and I wanted to reflect both the rhythm in the repeating black and white but also the more figurative rhythm of baking that I really love.

This morning I smashed the left-over cookies into dust and threw them away.  I’ve decided to give up baked goods for the next 40 days.  I don’t want to say that I’m giving baked goods up for Lent because that feels inauthentic.  I grew up Catholic but have neither been to a mass nor observed Lent in many years.  However, in this time of Lent I have been thinking about the concept of sacrifice in the name of faith.  And it’s a concept that I like.

So while I will be giving up cookies and cake and scones and basically anything with a basis of butter, flour and sugar, I will also be focusing on my gratitude for the many great things in my life.  I like the idea of using sacrifice as a reminder to practice faith, or in my case, gratitude.

I have also been doing some reading lately on the concept of mindful eating.  I don’t pretend to be an expert but to me, practicing mindfulness in general, is about really being in the present moment.  It’s about feeling the sensations of your own breath and everything around you, and being grateful for it.  Applied to eating it’s about focusing on the sensations of taste and texture and thinking about how that food got to my plate and being grateful for all of it.  I do not generally practice mindful eating.  I generally shovel food into my face with a fleeting thought about how it tastes and if I’m enjoying it.  I hope to use this 40 day hiatus to inject a little mindfulness into my cookie eating in the future.


About Debra Cowie

Debra is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. She is an explorer at heart, whose passion for photography was born in travel and has been carried with her to more than 30 countries so far. Debra is also an avid cook and baker and much of her current work focuses on food styling and photography in her serendipitously beautifully lit kitchen. She has flirted with Polaroid and 35mm film photography but her true love is her DSLR (aka "Boyfriend Mark").
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3 Responses to Giving Up

  1. t says:

    nice…very nice…but ‘smashed the left-over cookies into dust and threw them away”?!?!?

    Seriously!? Dude…

    • Debra says:

      Dude, if I had any will power when it comes to cookies in the house then it may not be so important to give them up. I thought about keeping them to give away but I wasn’t sure they (or I) would make it.

  2. Jessica says:

    I agree-smashing the cookies!? If you can do that, you can give them up for 40 days. Good luck with it!

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