The Season of Lent

Since today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lent season, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on meaning of the season. Lent is a 40-day period before Easter where people tend to do some soul searching, fasting and repenting.

So what can you do to discipline yourself if you overindulged last night on Fat Tuesday?

  • Fasting. You don’t even need to be Catholic to do your own fast. Many people, even those who aren’t particularly religious, like to take this time to cleanse their bodies and try to absorb some healthier habits. You may want to try a simple 1-3 day juice fast, consisting of fresh vegetables and fruits. This is mainly used to detox the body of toxins by drinking your share of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Some people with certain health opportunities should not start a juice fast. Always talk with your doctor first.
  • Break a bad habit. We all have bad habits that we’d like to break. So why not start now? Maybe you want to quit smoking, drinking or eating unhealthy foods. Think of the long-term effects and how getting rid of that habit could improve your health.
  • Let go of negative energy. Are you finding that you’re losing your cool more and more often? Why not take this 40-day period of time to do a little soul searching. Let go of things and maybe even people who drain you or have a negative effect on your life. Start practicing positive thinking and put it into action!
  • Choose healthier foods. If you find yourself in the frozen food section alot lately, try to opt for fresh fruits and veggies by skipping over those processed food aisles. Walk the perimeter of your local grocery store and I’ll bet you find much healthier, natural foods.

What do you do for Lent?

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