What are you giving up for Lent? Here are my five suggestions…
Whether you’re giving up chocolate, TV, cupcakes or talking about the weather, there is always something we can give up or sacrifice to improve our health, our lifestyle or simply to appreciate things more when we’re without them…
And while the real meaning of Lent may be lost through commercial promotion and marketing making you give up things for a good cause, you don’t have to be religious to appreciate how we can benefit from giving up these things as a community, with our partner, friends or peers.
But when you’re put on the spot, what do you think you would give up for, what change do you think you could make to your lifestyle?
I’ve listed my top five things to sacrifice for Lent, which started today and ends on 30th March 2013…
- Wheat Products / Refined or Processed Foods - It could be as simple as changing from white to brown/granary or maybe completely opting for wheat free and gluten free products. Either way, my recent experience with this marked a significant improvement in my digestive health, energy levels and overall performance. It’s not for everyone, and you should definitely get checked out if you suspect any wheat allergy or intolerance - but as a general way to improve your lifestyle, (I think!), the less processed the foods we eat, the better.
- Social Media / Technology - Again, you can take it as far as you’re willing to go, but my suggestion is to give up texting and actually go see your friends and family… don’t wait to Facebook message them, just give them a phone call. The time and energy we invest in friendships and relationships is invaluable. A cup of green tea after a yoga class will mean so much more than a ‘like’ of a status any day!
- Alcohol / Fizzy Drinks - I know a lot of people that find this a challenge, since there can be a lot of our life that revolves around going out to bars or clubs - but it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Unless you have some seriously special occasions coming up (like a wedding!?), you can easily substitute alcohol for non-alcoholic, or fizzy for water, juice or iced tea. If you can’t sacrifice all alcohol, try giving up just wine or certain mixers… and if you must have a drink out of social courtesy, try to water it down or keep to the lowest calorie cocktail; vodka and slimline tonic.
- TV / Home Entertainment and Gaming - Get off that couch! Get your butt out that door for the day and when you get home, cosy up with a good book or beauty treatment. Forget the xbox, forget the playstation, forget the Wii Fit - just get yourself engaged in more important things like friends, family and things you can do to make yourself feel great!
- Lifts / Escalators - It’s so simple! Take the stairs - that’s all you have to do! At every given opportunity, take the challenge and be more active in one simple action! Your heart rate will increase, you’ll feel energised (trust me, you might think you feel knackered, but you’ll be buzzing just moments later). You can’t get better than that!