I love Lent. I’m a nutritionist, and for a chunk of time every year my (practicing Christian) clients don’t waver in their commitments. They give up something for the 40-day religious period: Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, or, for the foul-mouthed, cursing. Most of my clients can forgo their vice without a pep talk or modifications. Religion aside, I love this idea of giving up one thing for a set period of time. It’s not like you’re giving up all your favorite things, living on juices, or canceling all social plans. Its just one thing, but it can make a difference to your overall health. So, because today is Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), I propose Lent For All: The criterion is that what you give up should be a challenge. For example, if you don’t ever eat cookies, then giving up cookies isn’t meaningful. And whatever you sacrifice, skip it for the duration of Lent until Easter Sunday (April 24). Here are ten things (mostly unhealthy foods and drinks) to consider scrapping. You only need to choose one, but choose wisely (and quickly). Let the sacrifice begin:
Last week, our Fearless Foodtrainer — nutritionist and Foodtrainers founder Lauren Slayton — brought us 10 tricks to make healthy, nutritious foods less boring. Check out her past Blisstree posts here.
Lauren Slayton, M.S. R.D., founder of New York City’s Foodtrainers, has more than a decade of experience as both a dietician and nutritional counselor. Offering one-on-one sessions on weight and nutrition management, Foodtrainers helps clients create, record, achieve, and maintain personal health goals. For those in need of grocery shopping guidance on a budget, Foodtrainers also offers an affordable program, Market Foodtraining. Check out Lauren’s Foodtrainers blog and follow Lauren on Twitter: @foodtrainers.
What do you think of Lent For All? Christian or not, will you give anything up? Is it guilt, or why do you think some people can do things in the name of religion that we wouldn’t otherwise do? Sound off in our comments section, below.