Beer and Water for 40 Days

Lent ended yesterday. For many, that meant finally eating ice cream, drinking coffee, or cursing at the television. But for a man in Iowa, Easter Sunday meant he was finally allowed to ingest something other than beer and water.

Meet J. Wilson, a newspaper editor in Iowa:

He pledged on Ash Wednesday to live Lent on only beer and water.

“Forty-six days is a long time. I’ve lost 22 and a half pounds, I think, as of today,” Wilson said. “My energy is high. I can do anything. I can go out and chop wood right now.”

But living on liquids alone has had its downfalls.

“I’m tired because I go to the bathroom four times at night: 12 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 6 o’clock, so I don’t get a whole lot of rest,” Wilson said.

Oh wow, he “forced” himself to drink beer every day? What a terrible 40 days!

Well, yeah, I’m sure it was. Think about it. Drinking beer on an empty stomach, every day, for 40 days. No thanks. I’d rather just wash these Mentos down with some Diet Coke.

Plus, he still went to work. As far as I’m concerned, this guy isn’t human.

Wilson got the idea from the German Paulaner monks, who, in the 1600s, were forbidden from eating solid food during Lent, so they created the heartiest beer they could brew and drank that as a meal.

“I’ve learned that one, these monks could certainly do what we’ve heard they did,” Wilson said. “Two, I think our human body is more resilient than we give it credit for being.”

It sure is. Cheers?

—Photo maureen lunn/Flickr

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