Lent: A Time for Mindfulness
The forty days of Lent are a time of reflection, fasting, and prayer in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Many who participate in Lent choose to fast from certain things, typically personal vices. Here are a few ideas on what you can give up (or take on) so that your time is purposeful, meditative, and constructive.
Lent: A Time for Mindfulness
Taking a rest from social media is a great way to improve mindfulness and well-being—particularly while eating.  When you avoid screen time and other distractions, you can fully engage and enjoy the company of who you’re with, whether it’s friends, family, or others. If eating alone, you might find yourself appreciating the subtlest of sensory inputs from what you’re eating—taste, smell, texture, appearance, even the sounds made while chewing—without the distraction of technology.
Sweets are another popular choice to give up during Lent. Whether you sacrifice soda, added sugars, or sweets in general, just the exercise of giving up sweets can show you how often you are tempted to indulge. For the best chance at success, have a plan in place when cravings strike. One classic strategy is to drink a glass of water, which comes from the fact that dehydration triggers snack cravings. Keeping fresh fruit handy is another great alternative.
Snacking mindlessly can be a problem if it leads to excess calorie intake, plus many snack foods can be full of empty calories without any intrinsic nutritional benefit. Consider limiting your snacks to one purposefully planned snack each day. Pick a time for your snack—such as mid-morning or mid-afternoon—as well as a choice with nutritional quality, such as nuts, seeds, fruit, cheese, popcorn, or dried veggie products.
Read more: Here’s 20+ ideas for mixing up a healthy snack with cottage cheese
Making wise choices to improve sleep habits is another excellent way to spend the Lenten season.  An earlier bedtime can lead to better sleep, in addition to more time for meditation and morning walks.
Did you know poor sleep can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more? Find out more about healthy habits and why they're so important
Make a commitment to spend some time outdoors every day. Whether it’s a walk, a picnic, a trip to the park, or work in the garden, being outdoors is a great time for reflection while simultaneously enjoying the benefits of fresh air, increased movement, and even vitamin D production from the sunshine on your skin.
Lent Suggestion #5: Enjoy nature
If you’re taking the more traditional "fish on Friday" path for Lent—in other words, a meatless forty days except for seafood on Fridays—plan wisely to make sure your diet is rich in the nutrients you might be missing out on.  Choose nutritious starches with plenty of protein such as beans, peas, Lentils, and quinoa. Eggs and dairy are also nutrient dense foods helpful with balancing the diet and providing protein. With your Friday seafood, be sure to choose a variety of selections to meet all your nutritional needs and alleviate boredom.  Your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers has a great selection of fresh, frozen, and packaged seafood options.


Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
The Season of Lent

Lent, marked by abstinence from earthly pleasures such as TV, alcohol, smoking, and caffeine, is a 40-day time period in which many Christians will focus on fasting and prayer. You may also notice your friends and family participating in Lent by their focus on a greater sense of charity toward others. During this season, we want to give you ideas on how to make the best of your 40 days!

  • Gather. Whether at the dinner table with your family at the end of a long work day, or at a dear friend's bedside, simply be with others this season. 
  • Donate. Yes, you'll have to give up your favorite soda, ice cream, chocolate, or fast food, but the money you'll save from skipping those sweet and salty snacks can be used to donate to a local charity. We'd be willing to bet that the joy brought by making someone's day will supercede any previous delight in your favorites.
  • Replace. Instead of spending your evenings watching TV or playing video games, replace those activities with satisfying volunteer work. Your local Brookshire Brothers employee partners are active in your community and would love to volunteer with you. Speak to your Store Director today about ideas.
  • Create. Step outside of the box and find a new meatless recipe that your family will enjoy. Review your weekly ad to find great Lenten Specials!
  • Enjoy. We want you hit the refresh button this Ash Wednesday and look forward to a bright 40 days spent with friends, family and prayer.


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Lent Ideas

Chocolate. Caffeine. Alcohol. TV.  The usual things people give up for Lent. It's that 40 day period when Christians share in Jesus' suffering by denying themselves some of their earthly pleasures. But maybe this Lent, which starts on the day after Mardi Gras, we could 'take on' something that would draw us closer to God and closer to each other.

Family at Dinner table

So here are some ideas of what we can add to our lives as we draw near to Easter.

  • Gather at the table.  Family time, discussion time, reflection time. Make a vow to sit down and share a meal together.
  • Get outdoors.  What a great way to feel God's presence! Pack a picnic lunch or supper when the days get brighter and warmer and dine as a family 'al fresco'. Combine it with a walk and celebrate creation.
  • Reach beyond yourself.  Spend time with others. Get to know your neighbors. Take some flowers to a sick friend. Volunteer at a food pantry. Pay it forward in the grocery line. Show a random act of kindness. Chances are it will be the brightest spot in someone's day.  
  • Be grateful.  Start a new habit of gratitude. Start each day by giving thanks to God for life itself. Thank your children for the things they do that make you smile. Give your co-workers a pat on the back and a thumbs up for putting up with you day in and day out. Make THANK YOU the two most frequently used words in your vocabulary.
  • Clean out.  Get rid of the stuff in your life. Sometimes the things that clutter our homes or apartments clutter our minds.  Take anything you haven't worn, used or looked at in the past 18 months and give it away.  

Remember what Jesus said in the book of Matthew – I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a  stranger and you took me in…I was naked and you clothed me.

This Lent, you have the power to do all of that. When you do you will draw closer to God and to yourself.  Chances are these 40 days will not leave you feeling that you gave up anything. You will experience joy, peace and contentment with yourself and with others.


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