Man lives off only beer for Lent

(Source: CNN)
(Source: CNN)

CORNING, IA (KCCI/CNN) - An Iowa man is nearing the end of his pledge to live through Lent on beer alone, just as Franciscan monks did centuries ago.

During a season of sacrifice, J. Wilson has had people wondering.

"I want to educate beer people about God, and I want to educate God people about beer," Wilson said.

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.

Wilson, a local newspaper editor who sipped while at work, has been tempted.

"There were a couple of days where I felt, you know, grrr, hunger pain. You know, 2 o'clock in the afternoon, grrr, 'I could go for some lunch right now.' Four o'clock, there it is again," Wilson said. "It's not a drunk fest. My body couldn't sustain a drunk fest for that period of time."

Instead, Wilson says it has been spiritual.

"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."

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