Its that time of year again! For those of you who are still trying to think of something to give up for Lent or for those looking to try to make a change for the next month or so I have some ideas for you. Although I am not Catholic or part of a religion that practices Lent, I always like to take advantage of this time of year as it allows me to walk in the shoes of those who have to go without some of the things we are so dependent on ( aka the things we usually give up for Lent). I know that we should practice this year round but that is not always easy to to do and with everyone else doing it at this time of year, you have the benefit of having support from your friends and peers.
Every year, I hear people struggle coming up with ideas of what they want to give up. Why not give up something that will benefit others instead of just giving up facebook, pop, or sweets?
Need some examples? Here are some great ones 🙂
Give up meat or all animal products- Estimates show that the average vegan saves up to 100 animals per year! If you chose to omit meat and dairy from your diet for a little over a month, that means you could be saving about 10 animals just by giving up meat or animal products for 40 days! Please note: if you are considering doing this or already doing it, please be sure to big up some literature on the subject to help ensure that you are getting the nutrients your body needs! Although salads may taste good, you can’t live off of those alone for 40 days!
I suggest renting some cookbooks from the library! There are also a lot of fab non-fiction books that give great tips on how to eat healthy without meat or dairy in your life.
- Diet for a Small Planet
- The Kind Diet
- In Defense of Food or The Omnivore’s Dilemma or Food Rules
- Skinny Bitch
Give up using plastic- When going to a grocery store, bring your own reusable bag. Carry around your own water bottle so you do not have to use plastic bottles or paper cups. When packing a lunch, use a reusable container instead of a snack bag.. you get the idea 😉
Stop eating or using palm oil- Ladies and Gent’s check those ingredients.. if they say palm oil don’t use them for a whole 40 days! ( FYI palm oil is also in a lot of soaps, lotions, and different kinds of makeup) Hard to do? Just look at this little guys face…
Does that help ? 🙂 Good because you’ll be saving them!
Already give up something for Lent?
Here are some fun twists you can add to what your already doing:
Gave up Coffee? Instead, give up using plastic and stryofoam cups to drink it out of. This will force you to have a cup with you in order to get coffee. Chances are you will forget and not only will you not be able to have coffee.. you will be saving the planet too 🙂
Gave up Candy? Allow yourself to only eat vegan candy. This will make you pay closer attention to the ingredients and may steer you away from most candies that are on the market. PETA has a list of different candies that have no animal products in them.
Gave up sugar? Allow yourself to keep eating sweets but make a stipulation that it has to be made from natural sugar alternatives. Terra wrote an awesome post on this a couple weeks ago!
Gave up pop/soda?- Instead of giving up soda pop, tell yourself that for every soda you drink, you have to recycle the bottle or can. If it is a pain for you to find a way to do that.. you won’t drink it.
Anyone else have some great green lent ideas or fun twists that you can put on your current one? I would love to hear 🙂