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Healthy Eating Tips For The Lenten Season
Now that the Lenten season is here we all need some good healthy eatingtips to make sure we are fulfilling our commitment. As a practicing Catholic, Lent is a very special season for me as I await the risen Lord.
But for many of us, this can also be a time when we have difficulty trying to go meatless. I have learned quite bit about healthy eating and i would like to share some ideas with you so that you can practice your devotion to GOD and still get your nutrition. So, if this sounds like you, read on.
Healthy Eating For Lent
If you want to eat healthy during Lent you obviously need to have a plan since you can’t rely on eating meat. I have found too many people who look at each Friday during Lent without a clue as to what they should eat. Now the typical fare is usually fish. Don’t get me wrong. Fish is great but if you are not a fish eater what do you eat? I will cover that in each tip. I will also cover what you should give up and how to replace it with something else for a solid healthy eating diet.
Vegetarian – Healthy Eating
This is a great way to make the best of going meatless. We are required to give up something of value during Lent and an easy way to do this is to concentrate on only good things for our bodies. You can substitute legumes, vegetables, rice and salads (both vegetable and fruit) for meat and still fast for the day.
Pasta – Healthy Eating
Pasta can be a very good substitute for meat and it allows you to be creative with your sauces. You can make fettuccine Alfredo, macaroni and cheese, meatless lasagna or baked ziti and even filled pasta dishes are good such as ravioli or tortellini. You can fulfill your obligations for Lent and still practice healthy eating habits.
Keep It Simple -Healthy Eating
Since this is a time to give up something , stay away from eating lobster or other luxury items. Instead, practice a kind self-denial. Stay away from sweets, alcohol, ice cream and items that are considered rich or decadent such a chocolate or sauces. Focus on the spiritual side and make healthy eating part of that focus.
Junk Food – Healthy Eating
For many people this is a must. Getting rid of the junk food in your diet can help you be more alert, better in touch with yourself and a great way to get healthy. Always replace a bad habit with a good one so eat more fruit instead. Get back to nature is an easy way to make healthy eating a priority in your life.
Eating With A Purpose – Healthy Eating
For many people who work or have an active lifestyle, it can be hard to eat less on Fridays during Lent but there is a way to get around this. Focus on those foods that give you protein, energy and proper nutrients and let them keep you healthy. It is not a question of willpower but of sacrifice for your spirit. When you truly focus on GOD, you actually allow your body to fast but your spirit get the “food” it needs. Fasting is good for you physically. It can help rid you of toxins and allows your body to heal itself.
Lent is all about your relationship with GOD and what sacrifice you are willing to do to honor GOD. Make healthy eating a part of that devotion because our bodies are our temples and you need to treat it that way.