Lent: 5 things to give up (other than chocolate)

Lent is currently in full swing and will be until April 13. Have you given up anything? If so, what have you sacrificed?

Ask most people what they’ve given up and, for the vast majority, it always seems to be the same old thing – chocolate.

While it’s really good to see people kick chocolate into touch for Lent, from a health perspective, there are lots of other things out there that are worth you giving up for Lent (and longer, if you have the willpower!) Here are just a handful of them:

  1. Dairy

Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons to give up dairy. Food allergies and other health reasons – or maybe you may simply want to try it and see how your body reacts. Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how much better you may feel…

Giving up dairy may seem virtually impossible since most of us ‘grew up on milk products’, but there are plenty of dairy substitutes available these days that can make it doable and even delicious.

No dairy means saying ‘no’ to dairy cheese, dairy milk, dairy hot beverages, whipped cream, cream-based soups and pasta dishes and saying ‘yes’ to milk substitutes, such as almond, coconut or rice milk.

  1. Coffee

Psychologically, you may think it perks you up and makes you feel better, but the reality of it is, is that caffeine provides no nutritional value. None whatsoever.

What’s more, caffeine is actually tasteless, which means you don’t necessarily know if it’s lurking in your food. However, it can affect your mood and cause negative physical side effects, so try cutting it out and you’ll be surprised at how much better you can function and feel without it.

  1. Sugary drinks

Sugary pop can be anyone’s vice, with some people cracking open a can of their favourite sugary bubble beverage one, two, three, or even more, times a day.

But here’s the thing. While they may taste nice, they’re packed full of sugar which, in the long-term, can cause kidney problems, reproductive issues, osteoporosis, asthma, bad teeth and dissolved tooth enamel.

  1. Alcohol

Alcohol is another vice that may taste great, but isn’t particularly good for your health in the long-term. Drinking a lot of alcohol over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart and cause liver, pancreas and immune system problems. So, why not consider switching your alcoholic beverages for sparkling water instead?

In fact, one of my clients gave up bread and wine for two weeks and lost 7lbs in just two weeks!! Give it a go and your waistline may thank you for it.

  1. Fast food and takeaways

Most people love them, yet they’re so bad for us! Give up fast food, takeaways and anything that’s not homemade in your kitchen, and you’ll not just cut back on your calorie intake, but you’ll save money too!

Want to find out more or perhaps you need a hand changing your eating habits? Email us on nicolacarless@aol.com for more details and expert advice.