Goodbye Burgers, Hello Healthy Living!
Happy Mardi Gras!! This is the last day before the Lenten season begins. I’m excited to have my last “bad” meal before I start a 40-day fasting of sorts. “Giving up” or sacrificing for Lent has always been a practice of mine. When I was young I would give up candy or soda, but as I got older it was more about doing something good or giving more of myself to the community instead of giving something up. This year I’m making a sacrifice not only as a reminder of what God sacrificed for me, but also as a new regimen to be the healthiest me that I can be.
I’m not a huge red meat eater (although I do get the occasional craving for a juicy burger), but I intentionally give it up for Lent to give my body a little cleanse and reset. In the Western world, particularly my world, we live to eat, not eat to live. Dining out, trying new restaurants, and making yummy dishes at home is something I really enjoy and is such a big perk of living in New York. With so many great cuisine options and restaurants, it’s not always easy to resist! But for 40 days, I think I can cut back and give my body what it needs for optimal health. So I’ll be doing a lot of meal prep at home and experimenting with some vegetarian dishes. Even veggie tacos will be enjoyed with my running group at our 1st annual tacommunion this month! I plan on making this fun so it doesn’t necessarily feel like a sacrifice, but more of a choice to live the healthiest life without changing my lifestyle completely.
With that said, if you don’t want to sacrifice anything you can always add more of the good stuff to your health regimen or diet. I know I’ve made it a point to incorporate more fruit into my diet everyday. I’m also incorporating ayurvedic herbal supplements to my daily routine to boost energy and overall health. As part of my yoga teacher training, I’ve been introduced to Ayurvedic living which is eating the right foods for your body type to increase longevity. There’s a really good website where you can take your dosha quiz and find out what foods and herbs will support your optimal health. I’ve gotten a tad obsessed with it! Once you know what your dosha or constitution is, you will understand your body and how it responds to different foods and tastes.
So on this Fat Tuesday, may you indulge in something really delicious and dare I say “bad for you” before you take the plunge to make better choices for your mind, body and soul. I hope to share some of my veggie recipes and other healthy tips for you along the way!
Stay tuned to our instagram for motivation throughout the next 47 days and my last meal before the fast!