Post # 1
Ughhhhh…I hate Fridays during Lent!!
I wouldn’t call myself a Jesus freak by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like to attend mass especially since we’re getting married in a new church and always adhere to the regulations of holy days, especially during Lent. In years past, this wasn’t a problem. I had no problem with no meat on Fridays because I was eating pizza and pasta like it was no one’s business. Not only have I since then been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, but I’m dieting hard for my wedding.
Oh, did I mention I HATE seafood? All of it. Shellfish, whitefish, salmond, tilapia, I can deal with shrimp but I don’t enjoy it. Does anyone else have this problem with ANY holy days and food restrictions? I know there are many other religions out there that observe fasting and such. Do share!!!
Post # 2
It definitely sucks not being able to eat meat on Fridays. But there are still lots of good vegetarian sources of protein! Low-fat dairy is a good one – some fat free Greek yogurt or skim milk would be diet friendly and still filling… also beans & legumes and eggs! You could make an egg white frittata with lots of veggies and be totally in the clear. 🙂
Post # 3
I’m not religious, but I’m not really a meat lover (and try to cut out carbs whenever I can), so I have some ideas!
Beans are probably my lifesaver, in terms of getting actual protein into my system. You can substitute beans (cannelini, black, kidney, etc.) in place of meats in soups, stews, chilis and so much more. Also quinoa! It’s so filling and so good for you (and is GF). I make a black bean and quinoa enchilada bake that is so good, you won’t miss meat at all.
And lots of green, leafy vegetables. Kale is my favorite, but Swiss Chard and similar greens work, too. A white bean and kale stew is guaranteed to fill you up and taste great.
Hope that helps! Changing you diet can really suck, sometimes.