5 Ways I keep Lent Healthy & Exciting?

February 20, 2018

Healthy lent for me is exciting, it’s a healthy fresh start for my body and mind. This holy period allows me to create healthier habits that last beyond these 40 days.  Also I find it amazing that during these 40 days many people are capable of controlling their cravings and committing to a different lifestyle whether it was food or habit related. Even though it may get tough, pushing through will do wonders to your soul!  

Worried about giving up meat and chicken?

If you are giving up meat and chicken and worried about your protein intake this one’s for you! The most obvious substitute is fish such as salmon, tuna, shrimps etc. Even though there are many fish in the sea it doesn’t mean it’s the only source. During lent you’re gonna learn to love legumes! Chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas are the heart of many healthy dishes. Explore new recipes and you’ll find yourself loving them 365 days a year!

Rule out negativity!

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You can’t control other peoples’ negativity but one thing for sure is that you can control your own. During this period, block negative comments and take the time to count your blessings and surround yourself with positive people.

PS: don’t forget to spread your positivity!!!  

Add a healthy habit daily.

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Whether it was walking an extra 30 minutes per day or quitting smoking, lent is a great opportunity to explore healthy habits that do good for your body & mind. Engage in activities that make you feel more positive and relaxed.

Lapses? Get up and start again!

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If you feel like your cravings have beaten you and you’ve failed at it then you’re not alone! Don’t let the lapses be the make it or break it deal. Get up again and continue what you started.

Finally fasting, despite of religion or faith, allows us to regain control of our body and be the greatest version of ourselves.

Final tip

How to create a quick heart healthy meal:

Choose your protein source: fish, beans, peas, lentils

Choose your whole grain carbs: Quinoa, burghol, wholegrain rice/pasta, baked potato

Choose your veggies: Kale, rocca, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers etc…

Choose your fats: Olive oil, avocado, olives, almonds, walnuts

AND MIX’EM ALL UP IN A BOWL! As simple as that!

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Picture from Heather Christo.

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Chestnuts: The Winter Snack

February 02, 2016

I came across an article around this time last year and  it was due to my interest in chestnuts: where do they come from and what are their benefits. To my pleasant surprise both answers were in the same article, and this same article, brought warmth to my heart, given I love chestnuts and winters in Lebanon. So I am here sharing this article with you too, hoping it also brings warmth to your heart!

 

For the full article you can click on this link Nutricycle. To find a summary of where chestnuts come from and what’re their benefits as presented by the author, read below, but I won’t let you miss out on the heartwarming bit either so you will also find that in here too. 

 

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