Lent 

For most of my generation Lent has lost it’s religious meaning and instead has manifested in to a period of restriction and another fad diet.

I’ve seen it (and done it myself) countless times where people give up all the foods/drinks they believe to be ‘bad’. 

This is where the problem begins. Labelling foods into groups of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ or foods you are allowed to eat and others you feel guilty for eating is where many falter before they’ve even gotten started with their ‘diet’. This unhealthy relationship with food tends to spiral out of control pretty quickly and ultimately leads to people giving up on their health and returning to their old ways. How many times have you heard of someone giving up chocolate for Lent… but they’ve had a Dairy Milk bar by day 2. 

I’ve experienced first hand the reason as to why this happens. Pyscologically, if you tell yourself you can’t have something, you actually think about it more than if you were not restricting yourself and it is ALL you want! 

Whereas, I have not said to myself that I’m not allowed to have chocolate, I just don’t have it regularly and this works. I don’t often think about it and if I do have it I don’t feel bad or feel like I have to punish myself in the gym because I had it!

So rather than ‘giving up’ something for Lent… start to make lifestyle changes today, tomorrow or whenever you feel ready. Don’t tell yourself you can’t have something but instead start to look into a healthier alternative and maybe swap out some of the things that don’t make you feel so great! You’ll notice real, sustainable changes and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything! 

And if you still feel like you have to get involved in Lent, give up something unrelated to food. Last year, I gave up having negative thoughts about myself and my body.

L x 

Simple Weeknight Dinner – Turkey Mince

Ingredients

  • Turkey Mince (as little or as much as you like – we always cook extra for lunches/leftovers)
  • 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • 1 White Onion
  • Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • Chilli Flakes or 1 Fresh Chilli 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

    Method

    1. Melt coconut oil (or any other oil of your choosing) in a pan on a medium heat.
    2. Add onion and garlic and fry until browning.
    3. Add turkey mince and fry until there are no visible pink pieces of meat left.
    4. Pour in chopped tomatoes and add the spices.
    5. Mix altogether and simmer until the turkey mince is cooked through and the juices from the tomatoes are being absorbed.

    Healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated or contain loads of ingredients you’ve never heard of! This meal is cheap, accessible and you can choose how your serve it. You can also add any leftover veg in the fridge (as I have done in the above picture by adding a green pepper that needed used) and I’m pretty sure it would still taste great – don’t hold me to that! We’ve tried it in stuffed peppers, with rice and poured over sweet potato wedges… all 3 are delicious! 

    Give it a go and let me know what you think!

    L x