For Lent, Iíve gone pescetarian, which translates as vegetarian with a seafood diet.
That may not seem like much to the average person, but for me, itís a pretty big deal.
I was talking to my husband this morning about how much I would love an original Philly cheesesteak. Not from around here, but from Philly of course. It just tastes better than the ones served in North Carolina, much like I prefer turnip greens here than in Missouri.
Last week, I told my Family that I planned to remain pescetarian.
At the time, I was sincere.
Now, Iím rethinking the likelihood of that happening.
I have indeed vowed to cut back on red meat and pork; to eat more fruit and vegetables and lots of seafood and lean protein. But, every now and then, only a good cheesesteak with fries will do.
One key thing I have going in my favor is that I love vegetables, with squash being the favorite. When my mother makes me squash casserole during the summer, Iíll eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, Iím the person who can consume the same meal over and over again without getting bored. A couple years ago when I lost a lot of weight, I systematically ate spinach tacos for lunch every day.
Then, one day, I craved a highly-starched side dish from a local restaurant, and instantly, I was off the health food wagon.
Nutrition experts advocate that one should eat the rainbow, which means eat foods of different colors. Iíve seen a picture on social media that explains what certain fruit add to the body:
Blueberries protect the heart; kiwi helps increase bone mass, grapes relax blood vessels, oranges help maintain great skin and vision, and apples help to develop resistance against infection.
For years, consumers were advised to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, but according to WebMD, that advice has changed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Produce for Better Health Foundationís new message is ďFruits and Veggies† ó More Matters.Ē
Adults need anywhere from seven to 13 cups of produce daily to reap benefits such as protection against obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Ways to experiment with fruit and vegetables include serving a fresh salad with dinner, buying or making fruit salad, buying frozen fruit and vegetables which are available year round, and using pureed vegetables to thicken soups, stews and casseroles
So, this summer I will try to spend more time in the produce section of the market rather than in the meat section, or to at least stop by the local produce stand near my home that I like. The reality is that the more time I spend there, the less time Iíll have to spend in the pharmacy.
I am fasting for Lent because Iím seeking a closer relationship with God, but Iím eating right out of the Garden of Eden because I donít want to see Him in person just yet.
(Editorís note: Information for this article was obtained from WebMD.)