Making Healthier Choices During Parade Season and Lent

Making Healthier Choices During Parade Season and Lent

By Lia Threat

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It is already hard enough to make (and keep) New Year's resolutions, but in New Orleans, it is extra challenging with Mardi Gras season opening soon after the new year begins. So, how does one start off strong and stay resilient through the partying, parades, and king cake? Below are five tips to stay on track and manage the bulge of the season through Lent:

1.Set Intentions Setting an intention, writing it down, and seeking support are key to staying committed to goals. Start small with a goal that is attainable, such as decreasing your daily intake of added sugar.

  1. Plan If you know you will be attending parades or parties on certain days, eat light and healthily for the remainder of the week. Eat vegetables and protein-rich meals before attending any functions and choose select days you will indulge. The key is balance!
  2. Hydrate Hydration is key to not only weight loss, but also to keeping digestion on track and balancing an influx of toxins such as alcohol. If you know you will be out parading, bring plenty of water with you. Drink water before attending parades and after consuming any alcoholic beverages.
  3. Choose whole foods and short ingredient lists Fill your plates with whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Try to avoid overly processed and refined foods with long ingredient lists. (These usually contain toxins, preservatives, and chemicals).
  4. Look for healthier seafood dishes During Lent, when eating out or meal-planning, look for dishes that are baked, grilled or boiled over those that are deep-fried, covered in butter, cream, or heavy sauces.

Enjoy the 2019 Parade season and laissez les bon temps rouler!!

Lia Threat

Writer/Escritora

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Publisher's Note

I moved to the United States almost 20 years ago, and as a sports fan, I couldn't stand the fact that I did not understand how American football worked.

It was impossible not to get infected by the passion and the love New Orleanians have for the boys in the Black and Gold, so I made it a point to learn the basics and join the fun of watching the beloved Saints play.

I was lucky to suffer with a weak team only for a few years, and I was fortunate to be part of the WHO DAT Nation when they made it to the Super Bowl in Miami.

Even though the Super Bowl we wished for this year did not happen, our team gave us a great season, and off the field, many Saints players are doing so much for this community through their foundations and giving back some love to their fan base. Today, The Saints continue to be an essential driving force of our community.

It is amazing what passion and pride can do for the city of New Orleans. The Saints gave us an incredible season! I know we’ve had a few weeks of coping, and many people have decided to party away from television sets the night of the championship game, but I still want to thank the New Orleans Saints for all the joy they gave us this last season.

Like most of you, I'm always proud to yell out loud WHO DAT!

AnaMaria