During the Lent with respect to food, some follow the canons strictly, others restrict themselves only to certain products. “But whatever your choice, you need to remember that any strict change in the nutrition system can adversely affect your health, which is why you need to enter the Post slowly and gradually,” says dietitian Rimma Moisenko.
Meat: refuse or limit consumption?
If you widely celebrated Shrovetide, abusing heavy products that are served in Russian cuisine for pancakes, then you should enter the Post gradually and carefully.
You can start by limiting the consumption of meat products.
To limit is not to exclude completely.
For a person living in our lane, a sharp transition from protein food to plant food is fraught with trouble: in addition to irritable bowel syndrome and dyspeptic disorders, he does not receive anything from it.
Enzymes are produced strictly for a certain type of food. When a new food begins to enter the body, there are not enough enzymes to break it down or are simply not available.
Vegetable proteins, with all the advantages, are too different from animals and will never replace them.
Believe me, the church does not have a task to get a humble flock with scurvy and chronic vitamin deficiency by the end of Lent, so you should not completely abandon meat products if they were previously an unchanged part of the diet.
It is better to minimize their consumption.
What to exclude from food?
During Lent, you need to completely abandon fast food, sugary carbonated drinks, smoked and salty foods, and, of course, alcohol.
Detox-effect of fasting on the body
In winter, we often experience drowsiness during the day, slight weakness.
Flaccidity and fatigue are mild symptoms of intoxication.
You can get rid of them with the help of the so-called detoxification (detox diet).
Fasting as a food ration helps to cleanse the body of food decomposition products, which are unusual for us in the spring-summer period and have a toxic effect on the body.
What is useful to eat during Lent?
- Porridge on the water, seasoned with vegetable oil, is an excellent breakfast for the beginning of the Fast.
- The second breakfast (snack) may contain vegetables, a handful of nuts, dried fruits. I also recommend a warm or hot drink containing ginger root with lemon and mint.
- At lunch, various soups with the addition of legumes or mushrooms are good. I advise you not to make a little soup if it contains vegetables, and with the help of a blender, turn it into a puree soup (there will be a lot of fiber in it). Mashed potatoes are very logically embedded in the folds of the gastric mucosa, and for a longer time gives a feeling of satiety. On the second, there are various hothouses, vegetable cutlets, or simply green and vegetable salads that clean the intestines.
- For snacks, snack suited kissel, compotes and dried fruits.
- For dinner, ideal are legumes, vegetables, fruits, seafood, excluding fish.
Author tips in Post
- Do not give up cereals. The advantage of eating whole-grain products for health today is scientifically proven, because they contain a greater amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and other biologically active substances. In addition, during the Post period, it is still cold outside, and a long chain of complex carbohydrates will give a feeling of warmth and satiety.
- Do not forget the water: 30 g of water per 1 kg of your weight — just enough to drink during the day. This is an important condition for cleansing the body of toxins. The main thing — start to drink this amount of water gradually, replacing it compotes, juices and dairy products.
- Keep in mind: it is easy to eat in Lent. Only one tablespoon of olive oil is needed for daily meals, and no more!
Important to remember!
Fasting can not be considered only from the standpoint of nutrition.
This event is a spiritual one, and the improvement of the state of health that the believers feel is explained first of all by the beneficial effect of spiritual change.
Rimma Moisenko :
"To heal is my vocation. Working in the past as a cardio-reanimatologist, now I understand that I am doing the same reanimation of my body and soul, returning people to youth and health, helping them to normalize their weight.
It is important for me to teach the patient not only to feed himself, but also to treat himself and the environment around him — both people and the world. It is important for me to teach everyone, with love, to accept life as it is, to be truly happy!"