What To Give Up For Lent As A Vegan
Not yet decided on the list of things you’ll be giving up for Lent, as a vegan, this year? Here are some suggestions…
Lent is a religious observance from Christianity that begins on Ash Wednesday and follows through until Easter (so, about 6 weeks) During Lent, those observing give-up something in order to experience sentiments of sacrifice and withdrawal. Typical things given-up may be, fast-food, electronics, and even meat for some omnivores out there. Here are a few things that you or your family could give up for Lent, as a vegan, this year if you will be participating in it.
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What To Give Up For Lent As A Vegan?
Processed Meat Substitutes
Although delicious and handy (especially when it comes to a toddler crying for “chicken” nuggets) all of the meat substitutes that we love aren’t necessarily the most healthy or nutritious for our bodies. Detoxing from pre-packaged veggie patties and other meat alternatives is a challenge that he whole family can be apart of. Try making your favorites at home using an array of fresh produce.
Moms, this one is for you. Coffee sometimes feels like the only thing that can hold you over between waking-up and lunchtime, but like the processed meat substitutes, large quantities of caffeine are not necessarily great for your body. Either cut the coffee and energy drinks cold turkey or ease off of them. Replace them with extra nutritious meals, a revamped sleep schedule, and a more natural alternative such as ginseng tea.
Cut-out your favorite streaming service from your life for a short while and replace that time with a new hobby or outdoors time. Although it may be difficult to explain to your little one why Peppa Pig taking a short break, encouraging a wide variety of fun, hands-on activities will leave them forgetting about their favorite British cartoon pig.
Single Use Plastic
For those who want to try more of a challenge, eliminating single-use plastic in your household is something that will also benefit the environment. Ditch the supermarkets and shop locally at farmers markets. Buy your grains by the weight by taking mason jars shopping, never forget a reusable tote bag, and most importantly, practice consciousness while buying products. As for household items and toiletries (kitchen cleaner, toothpaste,etc), think about DIYing them yourself.
Are you observing Lent this year? What are you going to try and give up for Lent as a vegan? Let me know in the comments below.