Daniel Fast Day 1 (Ash Wednesday)
Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the Daniel Fast. The challenge for me today is that I am traveling for business and oftentimes at these conferences there are limited vegetarian options but that is where planning for success comes in to play. Instead of eating the conference breakfast items such as bagels, Danish, eggs, bacon, etc., I will opt to eat at the hotel restaurant and have steel oats and decaf coffee today. Yes, I said decaf folks and those of you who know me know that I start my day with “regular” coffee. I spent the last week detoxing from the caffeine by drinking “half caffeine” and ultimately decaf. If any of you are regular coffee drinkers you know that if you stop cold turkey you will have massive headaches from the withdrawal. Lunch and Dinner will be much easier to navigate as they generally have tasty vegetarian options available at these mealtimes.
Other ways I plan for success is by changing my food shopping habits and not purchasing items that will lead to temptation such as potato chips, Doritos, etc. And most importantly I have my daily devotions and journal on hand to begin my time of prayer and fasting.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes I have used during the fast that are good and easy to make. The challenge for me is to ensure that I get in enough protein to meet my nutritional goals. As many of you know, I had weight loss surgery in 2016 and must get in 60-80 grams of protein daily. So with that in mind the first recipe I would like to share with you was shared with me by one of my colleagues about four years ago. Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup is one of my favorites that I enjoy even when not on the fast. It is easy to make and has very few ingredients, cauliflower, almond milk, mushrooms, onions and seasonings. You can find it via this link https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/01/grain-free-vegan-cream-of-mushroom-soup/
I generally double this recipe and add one scoop of Unflavored Unjury Protein Powder per serving (21grams per scoop) to this recipe.
I would love to hear from you all, please share what you plan to sacrifice during this Lenten Season and please pray for me as I will pray for you.
Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.