Lent is undoubtedly one of my favorite times of year. Already a woman of conviction and a self-proclaimed lover of resolutions and self-control, backed by the desire to strengthen your faith, or demonstrate sacrifice typically makes it easier to stick to the goal.
In my younger years I definitely gave up some of my food staples--cheese, chips and salsa, sweet tea, but once I entered college and gained a new understanding of Lent, it started to bother me when people would use Lent as an excuse to diet. Then one year I did a raw diet for the 40 days of Lent. It was awesome! I felt refreshed and energetic, and I didn't feel hungry at all. It definitely gave me a new found respect for people who gave up chocolate or anything else food related; it does take strength to do that.
Don't stop reading if faith or Lent isn't your thing. I totally respect and support that. This isn't a post about Lent; it's about small steps to changing your habits.
They (whoever they may be...) say that if you can give up something for 28 days, then you can give it up forever. So take a small step and make a commitment to yourself to change something about your diet to improve your health and the health of our planet.
It doesn't necessarily have to mean you give up cheese (but yay for you if you can!), maybe it means adding more fresh fruits and vegetables than you're already eating, or substitute a milk alternative in your coffee. If you're a big step kind of person, then go for it! Give up animal products for a while and see how you like it. And if you're really crazy, try going raw for a while.
Use the comment feature to share your suggestions of small steps or let us know how you're doing!
And if you missed Fat Tuesday (or didn't and just want an excuse to eat pancakes), here's a vegan recipe for you:
Oat and Corn Pancakes (Gluten Free, Vegan)
1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup oats
2 tablespoons nut butter
2 tablespoons flax meal mixed with 6 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
sweetener to taste (I used a tad bit Stevia)
any mix-ins you like (I added some unsweetened, flaked coconut and cinnamon, and some peanut butter M&Ms in the guy pal's batch)
1/2-1 cup milk substitute or water
oil to grease the pan (olive, coconut, vegetable, margarine)
Mix the corn and oats in 1 cup boiling water, let sit until all the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Heat your pan on medium high heat.
Add in the rest of the ingredients, I did the milk/water last. Keep adding liquid until it's the consistency you want. If it gets too runny, you can always add more corn meal or oats.
Grease your pan and get cookin! Note that these pancakes will take several minutes to cook all the way through. Be patient.
I got about 12 medium-ish pancakes out of this.