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Old 02-05-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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forty days of rice only?

Hi,

I am Catholic and Lent is approaching. I was wondering if it was possible for me to only eat rice for 40 days? Is this at all possible? I realize it may not be the greatest thing, but as long as i can safely do it i would like to

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Old 02-10-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: forty days of rice only?

What kind of rice are you looking to eat? I heard of people eating rice to give their bodies time to detox. I would probably not eat only rice for 40 days. Your body requires certain vitamins and minerals to stay balanced and healthy. You could jeopardize your immune system.

 
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Re: forty days of rice only?

rice for forty days? your looking to go to the hospital bud. what does eating rice for forty days have to do with being catholic? your body is going to go catabolic if all you eat is rice....you need vegetables,and meats as well as the starches from rice to provide proper nutrients (vitamins minerals, protiens, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates) rice, fish, chicken and vegetables will get you through 40 days

 
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Re: forty days of rice only?

I agree that you WILL be losing a lot of nutrients and I'm not so sure this will be safe. Brown rice of course would be better than white, but you are still missing out on quite a bit for 40 days. Is there a way you can do this but add a little something else to your diet and still make a change for lent? Maybe you can try giving up something else that is unhealthy. I always hear of people giving up something they love that isn't the best for them.

 
Old 03-08-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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This is a very bad idea, nutritionally. As mentioned in the previous posts, your body needs a balance of nutrients to function. The macronutrients- carbohydrates, fat, protein; and micronutrients- vitamins and minerals. There is a reason you have a "recommended daily amount" of each of these nutrients. You need them EVERY day to support the most basic functions of your body.

By eating only rice for 40 days, you are putting yourself at risk for significant malnutrition. In particular, you could induce a type of starvation called kwashiorkor, which is when the body is forced to live off of a non-protein diet. It is very unpleasant and very dangerous. You would also have numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies with equally unpleasant consequences.

Please re-think this now and if you ever consider a significant dietary modification like this in the future, discuss it with your doctor AND a registered dietitian before you start.

 
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Re: forty days of rice only?

This definitely seems risky to me, but I'm not expert.

 
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