Sunday, 31 March 2013

Managing your Food Choices - Update

Greek cuisineComing out of Lent, and trying not to jump back into the "old habits" so that the old life resumes, I decided to review some of the changes which I had made in Lent and try to continue them. This was seen as a worthwhile choice for several reasons, a) a few days ago I saw a "Greek diet" which was based on eating in a certain way for 200 out of the 365 days in the year. The 200 days was based on the recognition of the saints being honored on those days. I now have to pull out my Catholic Calendar and select my saints.  b) is based on an article in our local Catholic News which more or less asked us to take the lessons learnt in Lent and go forward with them. The plus side of this is that I now have to come up with something different to do next Lent.
On checking +Google, I saw the Greek Diet as listed above with the link below and this was seen as the easier option. . However for those who may want to try the "stricter 200 days Greek diet, here is the link to the article as outlined in the article  by +Elena Paravantes RD of +The Huffingtion Post:
"Greeks basically followed their religious fast for those 200 days. While the word "fasting" is usually associated with liquid-only diets or other strict ways of eating, this type of fasting is a bit more lenient and tasty. The Greek fasting practice is unique in that you can actually eat real food. The basic rules are pretty simple: No animal products with the exception of animals that do not contain blood, such as octopus and squid.
Use these rules as a guide:
Allowed: beans, vegetables, bread, fruit, honey, nut butters, rice, pasta (no egg noodles), cereals, octopus, squid, olive oil, honey, and basically anything that does not contain animal products.
Not Allowed: meat poultry, pork, game, fish, dairy, eggs, butter."

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