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Laura Dolson

Low-Carb Lent

By March 6, 2014

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tofuDo you follow certain food traditions for Lent? Perhaps you forgo meat on certain days, or animal products altogether. There's no doubt that the tendency is to substitute high-carbohydrate foods in place of the protein, but it needn't be that way. One thing to do is to eat more fat if you're cutting back on protein. For example, add more olive oil in your salad dressings, or drizzle some over vegetables, or check out these healthy sources of fats. Also, find high-protein low-carb substitutes for meat dishes. I have recipes on this site to help, and you can also check out this collection of Lenten recipes compiled by About.com's Guide to Catholicism, Scott Richert. There are some good low-carb ideas as well as those higher in carbs.

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February 22, 2012 at 2:04 am
(1) JimPurdy.blogspot.com says:

FRIEND: Hi, Jim, whatcha eatin’ today?
ME: (Mumbling with a mouth full of food) I’m having my third platter of scrambled eggs fried in lard, with bacon and salami, and a big scoop of peanut butter on the side.
FRIEND: What? All that fat? Are you crazy?
ME: Nope, I”m taking the advice of low-carb guru Laura Dolson. She suggested giving up protein for Lent, and eating more fat.
FRIEND: Somehow I don’t think Laura means this kind of fat binge.

February 22, 2012 at 7:37 am
(2) FrankG says:

Perhaps I missed the bit about Laura suggesting a “fat binge” ???

What I read was a reasonable suggestion that: if you find yourself cutting back on protein for religious reasons such as lent, rather than fill the gap with carbohydrate, instead try some fat.

Nothing about that suggest (to me at least) binge eating or filling my face with multiple platters of “scrambled eggs fried in lard, with bacon and salami, and a big scoop of peanut butter on the side”. Although it does sound like an half-decent breakfast (not sure I’d need the salami and PB though — also doubtful that I would willing eat 3 platters!) of which I could eat enough until I was satisfied and probably go a good part of the day before feeling any need to nourish myself again.

February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm
(3) PCOSurvivor says:

Thanks for sharing this! You’re right. Years ago during Lent on Fridays I would eat cheese pizza and eat the fries omitting the hamburger. Not good period but even worse without healthy protein. Now it’s more like salads with nuts (instead of chicken) with homemade balsamic vingerette with EVOO, PB&J sandwiches, black bean/corn wrap.

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