Lent is here!!

Say NO to porcessed foods!

Say NO to processed foods!

Hi everybody,

I’m kind of new to this whole blogging thing so bear with me. I’m realizing it’s like writing in your diary and posting it for everyone to see…yikes, what did I get myself into?!?!

I decided to start trying my hand at blogging by telling you all about my Lent experiment. For those of you who don’t know what Lent is, if you’re a Christian, Catholic especially, you probably understand about Lent. If not, it’s a time when we traditionally give up something we find difficult to live without for 40 days before Easter (maybe I can get my Mom to post something about the theology behind it for anyone who’s interested). The time works out to be 46 days, but each Sunday is considered a “mini” Easter and therefore you can enjoy what you’ve been giving up on those days. But for my purposes, I’m choosing to observe Sundays and go for the entire 46 days!

So for Lent 2012 my family and I are doing a little experiment. After the kids watched “Supersize Me” for the first time a few weeks ago, my oldest told me he didn’t understand why we had to eat fast food or processed foods at all. He said he’d like to give them up but he didn’t figure we were really eating any considering how healthy we eat as the family of a nutrition specialist! Lol It got me thinking, “How much processed foods do we eat that we don’t even think about?” So for Lent, we are giving up processed foods, as much as possible. My dear husband pointed out to me that we didn’t get a chance to do any canning this year except peaches so we will be eating some processed foods, but we will be keeping them to foods that contain very few additives or preservatives. Let’s call them minimally processed foods!

This experiment is all about learning what you may already know about processed foods, some things you didn’t, and how you can make the changes to eliminate most processed foods and maybe even make some of these foods yourself! I will be posting my daily food journal and discussing the challenges myself and my family will inevitably face trying to stick to this plan starting tomorrow, so stay tuned!!!

Yours in Good Health,
Val

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9 thoughts on “Lent is here!!

  1. This is terrific Val! We need to get you into the schools and informing and challenging the junior/intermediate students to make a change to eat healthier. Would love to read some of your recipes on here too please 😉

  2. You don’t just have to just give something up…you can also DO something like random acts of kindness, giving to the poor, visiting an elderly neighbor. This way you can have a healthy spirit as well as a healthy body. And if you do it in secret you get way more blessings! Also thank God for all your blessings…you get the picture

  3. I am also looking forward to reading your blogs. You are a terrific source of information with respect to nutrition and even tho I have a pretty good handle on what I SHOULD be eating, I’m sure I may be eating food that are processed but I don’t even realize they are. Keep it going…I’m interested and intrigued!

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