In the Christian calendar, Lent is a 40-day period preceding Easter. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and preparation. Christians imitate Jesus Christ's 40-day desert fast and sacrifice by observing Lent. Fasting from both food and festivities is a feature of Lent. The season of Lent is deeply ingrained in Philippine culture. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, as well as every Friday during the Lenten season, fasting and abstinence from meat and savory foods are common customs. Let's take a closer look at the advantages of adhering to these customs.
First is fasting, it is the practice of abstaining from eating or restricting one's intake of food or drink for a set period of time, which is usually observed during the Lenten season. Fasting can be done in two ways: a full fast, in which only liquids are ingested, and a partial fast, in which liquid and solid food items are consumed in small amounts. But just a reminder, fasting for an extended amount of time might cause your blood sugar levels to drop, making you feel lightheaded, dizzy, and nauseated. Low blood glucose, on the other hand, may help prevent diabetes by improving insulin action..
The next one is abstinence or the practice of not eating any meat, such as beef, pork, or chicken. Reduced consumption of these meats may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as lower blood cholesterol levels. Reduced use of processed meats and fast food products may also lower fat and sodium intake. While there are dietary limits, this method allows for substitutions such as fish and vegetables. Eating fish like salmon and tuna, which are high in lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, has been shown to improve heart health. Plant-based sources such as vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes can also be used to meet protein requirements.
In conclusion, the Lenten Season diet is not oriented on losing weight. This eating style is part of a spiritually disciplined regimen that teaches people to give up something for a period of time. The Lenten Diet does, however, include some behaviors that may be able to enhance your general health if followed on a regular basis, but there are other real diets that can directly target weight loss without the need for fasting.
Achieve a Healthier Body and Soul this Lent (PCHRD) source from: https://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/events/6339-achieve-a-healthier-body-and-soul-this-lent#
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