By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
This is a big week for making healthy changes. Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday have just passed and now it is Lent. For the next 40 days, many people choose to observe their faith by giving up unhealthy habits and adopting healthier behaviors between now and Easter. Even if you are not religious or do not observe Lent, this time of year is a wonderful opportunity for change. Spring is just around the corner in many parts of the world; what a perfect time to embrace change together and support each other.
A 40 day juice fast or adopting a vegan diet may be great for some people, however there are many amazing options within the plant-based world for reconnecting with your body as a temple, and for being good to ourselves and the environment.
It is easy to get caught up in what we are giving up when making healthy changes or observing Lent. The beauty of a Reboot for Lent is that while you are indeed giving up many things like caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, sugar, baked goods, fried foods you are including and gaining SO many incredible nutrients that can promote wellness. This focus on the inclusion of something positive rather than the exclusion of something negative can help to keep you on the path you have committed to. Remembering and journaling about your reasons for adopting a Reboot for Lent, and how this process connects you to your spirituality can also be empowering, inspirational and soothing when you feel tempted to stray.
Here are a few ways to get started: