Happy Thursday! Is it just me or is this week flying by? Maybe because I have been making myself a to-do list every night before bed, which keeps me busy everyday. Hm, maybe. I think I have done a great job keeping this blog free of any religious and political talk. Actually, I can’t remember ever writing about either. Well, today I am.Sort of. At least how it will pertain to my healthiness journey and food.If you need to exit the blog, do so now.
I am Catholic, so I observe most all Catholic and Christian holidays. Including Lent.Next Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. The end of Carnival season and Mardi Gras.
A pre-Lenten tradition that spreads all over the world. Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lenten Observance for many Christians all over the world. During Lent we practice fasting on Ash Wednesday and every Friday until Easter. There are all sorts of variations of fasting depending on religion and where in the Eastern or Western world you live.
Another practice is to give up a food, drink, or activity as a sacrifice for the 40 days of Lent. People may instead take on a Lenten discipline such as devotions, volunteering for charity work, and so on.
Which brings me to the real point of blogging today. In the last 7 months, that I have been on my healthiness journey, I have learned a lot about food, and eating styles (organic, vegetarian, etc).
For me, I always give up the eating of meat on Ash Wednesday and all the following Friday’s. I also pick something to sacrifice during the 40 days of Lent.
My Lenten Plan? Well, I drink a lot less soda than I did before, but on average I still have one diet soda a day. I am going to try to nip that habit by giving it up all together for the Lenten season. Also, with everything I now know about healthy eating and lifestyles, I believe I want to extend my practice of no meat on Friday’s to all of Lent.I have never gone totally vegetarian for more than a few days, let alone 40 whole days, but I have often thought about it. I even blogged about it once. Recently, Laura had her brother write a guest post on her blog. It was well written and very entertaining, but he talked about a book he recently read – “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Foer. I was intrigued. I bought the book on my Nook Color, immediately read it, and now I have a whole new perspective. I still have a week to process and plan. I am opening up to you all so you can weigh in and give your thoughts. I don’t want this into a battle of religious beliefs, so let’s focus on food, going vegetarian, and how it relates to my healthiness journey.
Question: Do you practice any Lent or Lenten type holidays? If so, are you planning to give up something that will pertain to your healthiness journey?
And what about tips or thoughts on going vegetarian?