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6 Things to Give Up for Your Lenten Diet

THINGS TO GIVE UP FOR YOUR LENTEN DIET

Every year, millions of people from different corners of the world practices a 40-day Lenten Diet. This time, this kind of diet is based in the spiritual disciplined which is also a time to reflect on how we live our lives. The holiday is usually observed by Catholics which starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday.

Since Lenten Season is a period of fasting wherein the participants will sacrifice eating of fatty and sugary foods and doing undesirable habits, we will share to you the 6 things to give up that can be helpful for your Lenten Diet.

  1. No to Meat

When the month of April comes out, you have to prepare yourself of not eating meat for a week until Lenten Season will end. As this is the number one practice during the holiday, you can prepare meatless foods such as Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry, Greek Salad Omelette, Makeover Spinach Tuna Casserole, Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup, and Taco Lettuce Wraps. These recipes are really perfect for your Lenten Diet, so better try it!

  1. Reduce Caffeine Intake

Since lots of people are coffeeholic, and I know you’re one of them, it’s hard for you to get rid of drinking coffee even just for a day. In order to keep you going without a need of skipping coffee yet want to give up during the season, you can reduce your caffeine intake. Instead of 2 or 3 cups, you can have 1 cup of coffee per day.

You can also continue this kind of Lenten Diet every day until you become used to avoiding coffee and prefer veggie or fruit smoothies instead.

If you’re looking for healthy alternatives for coffee, you can have hot apple cider, coconut water, yerba mate, kombucha tea, green tea, licorice tea, wheatgrass juice, Siberian ginseng tea, reishi mushroom tea, peppermint tea, lemon water, green and nutty smoothies.

  1. Get Rid of Sugary Foods

According to many studies, sugar is one of the main causes for increasing weight and diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, allergies and depression. In order to make your Lenten Diet effective, you must avoid sugary foods during the season and of course, better avoid eating lots of sweets even after the holiday break to maintain a healthy life.

  1. Don’t Complain

When you’re sacrificing for the foods and things you want to eat and do during Lenten Season, you must not complain for doing it because it may cause you stress. Aside from that, when you sacrifice, you must do it heartily so you’ll not end up feeling drained and your Lenten Diet will become successful.

  1. Resist Temptations

Lenten Season may look like a period filled with challenges for you, but that’s fine because you’re doing it for your own good. When you have succeeded with your Lenten Diet, you must feel great for a fulfilling sacrifice because not all have the strong power to resist temptations. So, let us congratulate you ahead from this day forward! 😊

  1. Don’t Allow Negativity Enter Your Life

Achieving your goal has something to do with your mindset. If you train your mindset to see what’s good and what you’ll benefit with your Lenten Diet, then no doubt you will attain a good result of your diet goals and may attract positive vibes in your life.

Don’t ever allow negativity enter your life because it may affect your positive mindset and may affect your health as well.

If you want to make your Lenten Diet more efficient, follow the 6 things to give up we’ve shared above. Share it to a friend as well to make a difference during the Lenten Season and let’s all live a happy healthy life!

Catholic Lenten Fasting in Fast Metabolism Diet

Now that the Lenten season has unfolded, a no.of questions from dieters has also been raised with regards to what options they have, to make the fast metabolism diet a continuous course.

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We are aware that fasting is harsh in our metabolism. Be reminded that when our body is switched into starvation or survival mode, it starts depositing fats, for our body to survive. Which in turn defeats the whole purpose of doing the fast metabolism diet. How do we meet and follow our religious fasting obligation but not ruining your fast metabolism diet? Here are the tips you can apply this Lenten season:

  1. Eat a Phase 3 dinner meal the night before you fast

The night before you start fasting, let’s say on Tuesday night, go for a full Phase 3 dinner meal (Lean Protein, healthy fat, fruits, vegetables). No matter what phase you’re in right now, you can disregard your phase-specific meal for the night and go for Phase 3 meal. But instead of eating a grain, try to eat sweet potato or legumes, also try to eat  phase 1 fruits.These foods will help stabilize your blood sugar and calm the adrenaline in your body.

  1. Drink lots of water during your fasting

Continue drinking the usual amount of water during the fasting days. As much as possible, stick to the plain string water as it has the best electrolytes among other types of water.  Drinking water can keep you hydrated and let your liver run smoothly.

  1. Have a protein-based snack in the morning during fasting

The Christian fasting may allow us to have one full meal and two snacks throughout the day for Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. In these days, eat a protein-based snack in the morning (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon) and don’t forget to include vegetables in it. After your morning snack, you can have a your main meal on the afternoon (protein, vegetables, grain and healthy fat). For the late afternoon/early night snack you can eat raw nuts with veggies.

  1. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal after fasting

After how many hours of food deprivation and fasting, it is no doubt that your stomach will be sensitive. We need to treat it gently and not overdo your first meal. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal like oatmeal, quinoa porridge or even soft brown rice. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg and stevia for flavors. You can eat strawberries or blackberries for fruits. These phase 1 foods will help calm your adrenalines and your sensitive stomach. Afterwards you can resume on eating your phased-specific meals in the afternoon and go back to your normal track once again.

Hope this helps everyone who would choose to go fasting this Holy Week. May we have a meaningful one.

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