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Old 02-23-2009, 09:15 AM   #1
Andy Beaulieu
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Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

Hi all -- I've debated about posting this topic because it has to do with religion, and reading over the board regulations I'm still not sure if it's a no no for posting this, so feel free to delete this if I've broken any rules -- I'd hate to lose posting privileges.

Anyways, Ash Wednesday is this week, and during Lent I won't be able to eat meat on Fridays. Also, Ash Wed. and Good Friday, and also during Fridays, I'm supposed to "fast" and eat a total of one meal per day. As a CFer who relies heavily on protein (and meat to get this protein), I was wondering if anyone had gone through this before, and what they did. I know that my Fridays will probably be filled with shakes and eggs, but what about the days where I "fast" -- do I suck it up and just make sure to get my protein needs on the other days?

Just wondering if anybody had any experience with this and what they did...
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:22 AM   #2
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

The Life Spotlight WFS - lots of great information on fasting.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

The Fridays are easy: eat fish. It's good for you and it's the typical Catholic workaround anyways.

As for the fast days...I'd just try and cram in as much in the one meal as you can. Lots of fat in those meals, too.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

I suppose it depends upon how many blocks you're eating, and also as I'm not Catholic I confess I don't know what other parameters you might be restricted to.

However, would you have enough time on the days you're to fast that your "1 meal" could last for a bit, and just try to get all your nutrition in one go? If you sub out 3 fat blocks-per-carb block for some of your carbs, it would make less food and you could probably do it.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:52 AM   #5
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

yeah...definitely going for the Fish

Harkens back to my catholic school days.. fish sticks and clam chowder on Fridays...every friday.

I think i'll go with some real fish now.

---guess i never went with the "fasting" days.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:03 AM   #6
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

The church canon pf post vacation 2 states its the fasting from RED meat on Fridays, and the fasting of the high holy days is the fasting of One big meal remaining two meals to be small in portions.
You are not restricted from taking fluids.
In regards to general fasting on the remaining fridays of lent, that is up to the individual, its not a required practise by the church.

So poultry and fish are acceptable with meats.

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Old 02-23-2009, 11:21 AM   #7
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

Since you can eat chicken, then it will be easy to fit your protein requirement into one meal. I ate this two days ago and did a 25 hour fast afterwards:

5lb roasted chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic
4 big crowns of broccoli with some garlic salt and two tbsp of olive oil
I also scooped out some of the drippings from the pot and ate that too

It's a pretty big meal and it is guaranteed to keep you satisfied for a long time.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:33 AM   #8
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

Look at it this way: Wednesday is a Church-mandated Intermittent Fasting day. Just follow the guidelines of IF (from the link that Amber provided) without the meat and you should be fine.

On this note, I think I'm going to give up all cheat foods.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:36 AM   #9
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

Andy - I don't do the fasting thing. But I do avoid all meat on Fridays. I typically eat a lot of fish...it's not bad at all.

If I did fast it would be to make a sacrifice, thus I wouldn't try to cram everything into one meal. It definately messes with the zone but there are some who do IF that do this regularly.

By the way, you related to Curt (from N.O.)?
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:22 AM   #10
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Re: Getting your nutrient needs during Lent

Thanks for all the tips, guys. The no RED meat thing helps, as I thought (and was raised!) to not eat any meat, and I'm not a big fish fan. Glad to see I can eat chicken.

Trey -- no relation to Curt!!
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