Food before Easter: what is not there in the post and what you can eat when dieting
Today we live in a time when the majority of us are not very religious, so on fasting, few people think. Quite a different attitude was in the Imperial power, when it was the hard and fast rule. But lately, more and more appear willing to begin to eat properly, or to be more precise, many are trying to limit the intake of animal food.
Such people are called vegetarians, and the trend in recent years has greatly increased due to the influence of Western fashion on a healthy lifestyle. This changes the mindset of our people, which otherwise begins to accept the post, which was strictly observed during the Soviet era. Usually the decision to comply with the post man comes upon his ability to give up meat. Of course, few go this way, because for believers who every day go to Church and celebrate all religious holidays, not looking for reasons for fasting as it has become for them a way of life.
What is the essence of the post?
Unfortunately, today not everyone knows that you can eat in the post, which is not surprising. Because young people and many adults often can’t even tell when there is one or another religious holiday, to say nothing about what products you can eat these days. And when they get the answer to your question, you face a difficult choice whether to put themselves through such torture and start fasting. Nice to hear that among the Russians is a lot of wishing to return to the traditions of our ancestors, but all the same it is important to understand what we mean when we raised the topic of the post.
In religious terms a post should be considered as a specific time period, during which the man is consciously to limit pleasures, including food. This is a pretty bold move, but is it worth it to do, have to solve each independently. And for some it will be a small victory over himself, and for someone familiar. But not in this case.
For most of us the desire to please the body has become one of the principles of modern life. Therefore, when man at some time cease to eat meat or dairy products, he is right because he has the strength to overcome your habits. But people should be honest with ourselves. He was originally supposed to determine whether he is ready to take this step, and if so, whether he will cope with this task. The most important thing — not to overestimate their capabilities. Therefore, it is proper to consider the post not as one of the diets, although in this form there seems.
And if people found the strength to fast, he should learn about the rules of the Church. It is possible that this will be the source of inspiration, he might be able to get a boost of vitality that will agree to go to the maximum limit. Therefore, if you first prepare to post, you might need to know about what foods can be eaten and which should be avoided.
What is allowed and forbidden to eat in the fast before Easter?
If you go to Church commandments, it is clearly stated that the post for the servants of the monasteries and ordinary parishioners have certain differences. Just decide to begin fasting will not work, because people should be prepared for it, including the physical plane. And for this it is necessary to assess the level of physical activity and lifestyle of a particular person.
If on a debt of work it is necessary to use physical force and he decides to limit calorie a day diet to 1000 calories a day, he’ll make a mistake, because it will be fraught with health problems. Therefore, the post should not be understood in absolute compliance with permissions and prohibitions. Any post needs to take into account the individual characteristics of each person and it is correct, as can be seen by such a question to any Church Minister.
Church allowed to eat during lent such products as:
- vegetables and fruits;
In other words, the list of allowed foods includes everything that is of vegetable origin. Mostly on the Desk needs to be cooked with water cereals and vegetable soups, bakery products, prepared without the use of eggs and milk, and steamed and baked vegetables.
It is allowed to post products considered fish, but it has one amendment. It can be eaten only on palm Sunday and the Annunciation. In General the Church another look at this product: the fish you can eat regular parishioners on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you follow the Church regulations, the fish may be present in menu 2, 3, 5, and 6 week (week) of lent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To diversify your diet during these weeks, the congregation can add to the above food products with vegetable oil.
During 1, 4 and 7 weeks from Monday to Friday allowed to eat only cooked food that can be prepared with vegetable oil or without. But the Church refers to her as the exception.
With the onset of the great good Friday Church Ministers should completely abandon food, and laymen go to xerophagy. This is unusual for the modern man the term implies that the basis of the diet should be fruits, vegetables, bread, dried fruit, honey, nuts. Welcome all exclusively raw. On this day, do not eat cooked food. But before you go on a strict fast, a person must obtain permission from the spiritual servant. This is a great feat.
Information about what foods will have to give up during lent, gives such a thing as small products. Does it mean products containing animal food obtained from warm-blooded animals. They will have to exclude it during lent. In the Great, as well as other strict posts, it is prohibited to use products from metalographic animals, including fish, seafood, etc.
Therefore, those who are committed to fast, will have to abandon all kinds of meat and fish and milk and dairy products.
It is a mistake to assume that during lent you can use chocolate as an energy source. After all, if you look at the kinds of chocolate, most of them are manufactured with dairy products, which should not be present in the diet at this time. The only exception is all-natural chocolate, but milk chocolate on the table for fasting should not be present. In other words, the list of banned products get in pure form, and also dishes and dishes that have been cooked with their application. Therefore, everything that contains eggs, margarine, milk and yogurt in one form or another must be excluded.
This also should include jellies and other foods, which consists of gelatine, is a substance of animal origin.
Useful products in the post — that will not harm the health?
If the person is prepared for the fact that for many weeks his body would be animal protein and minerals, which are rich in cheese, curd and other products, the menu, his diet must contain plant products, by means of which and will be replenished in the availability of these substances.
This task will help to solve protein products, the most famous of which are:
Quite interesting is the fact that 200 g of lentils or peas contains as much protein as one egg or one glass of milk.
In the view of many mushrooms is a pretty rich dish due to the chemical composition, making many believe that they can be used as a substitute of meat. In the days of diet during fasting that allow you to eat fish, should not be limited only to her. To add to the menu and a variety of seafood — squid, shrimp. Your body will get much greater benefits, because they exceed the fish on the nutrient content.
During fasting you should not give up dessert, you can eat berries and honey. If you’re a fan of sweet, honey with nuts will help satisfy your need.
Diet fasting should always include rice, beets and rye bread, which are rich in useful carbohydrates.
Spinach and buckwheat should be consumed to compensate for the iron deficiency.
You should not deprive your body of vitamins A and C — for this you need to regularly eat garlic, onions and sauerkraut.
Your body will be provided with a sufficient amount of B vitamins if the diet before Easter you will regularly use:
- rye bread;
- wheat flour;
What can you drink post: permitted drinks
Every country is bound to have lovers of coffee, tea, alcohol, beer and dairy drinks. But if you decide to fast, any of them will have to give up?
Immediately in the list of prohibited products to include milk and milk drinks. Can’t drink during lent before Easter and juice drinks based on them that are very popular.
Somewhat different is the situation with coffee and tea. Here you need to remember for what purpose you decide to fast: first, you can exclude them from your menu for 2-3 days and look at their condition. If you find that you really miss them, it means that you have a relationship to them. But leaving this business is not so dependencies need to get rid of and the best opportunities during lent to do not find.
Everyone understands that the compotes, jellies, juices and fruit drinks is allowed and even recommended to drink during lent. Especially relevant here is cranberry juice, broth hips and other drinks containing a large number of medicinal substances.
Not so clear situation with alcohol. Someone will have to give up for lent from alcohol, others can drink it further. A special look at the Church in the grape wine that are allowed to drink laity at the weekend.
Therefore, if we consider all the above recommendations, it becomes clear that the post does not involve strict adherence to rules. For each person they are different, so to understand what foods you can and what you cannot eat, you need to consider features of the organism.
People who adhere to diets, do not usually have problems with food selection. If they clearly know what foods are bad for them, they just abandon them. But not so easy with someone who is a religious person or just decided to test myself and start fasting.
Many do not know the real substance of the post, believing that it provides for strict rules to limit certain products that must comply. This is a big mistake, which subsequently have to pay with their health. So if you are in doubt about how to fast, please contact for advice to the priest.
He can quite clearly explain what should be the post for you personally. However, in General, the post can be described as the period during which you must limit the intake of habitual foods. It is not only going to have a healing effect but also will be a special screening of spirit and willpower. But the fact that you, being unreligious, thinking about it, suggests that you have quite high chances to pass this difficult test.