Besides Christmas, Easter is one of the most challenging times for people with healthy eating intentions. Not only are we literally surrounded by chocolate, but we also tend to eat and drink more at social gatherings.
While it can be challenging to take part in all the fun without overindulging, arming yourself with a plan will help keep control temptation. “Firstly, you have to accept that most of us will indulge a little over this time of year,” says Vivienne Cameron of Met-S Care.
“Depriving yourself of chocolate isn’t the solution. Allow yourself that luxury, because wanting what we can’t have is inherently human nature – but do it in moderation.”
Here are a few tips:
1. Indulge in just one, or a small piece, so you can get that taste you’re craving
Cameron also says it’s wise to embrace mindful eating when and if you do indulge in some Easter chocolate. Choose a smaller block of chocolate and allocate a few pieces per day. Find a quiet place and eat it slowly, savouring each mouthful, instead of snacking on it constantly. Drink a cup of tea or coffee beforehand, not during or after, so you don’t wash away the taste.
2. Make healthier choices
"If you’re in charge of buying Easter eggs in your house, make sensible choices. Choose either a sugar-free chocolate or a good quality chocolate. Chocolates that are 70% cocoa contain less sugar and more ‘good fats’,” she continues.
3. Make your own Easter treats
Another option is to spend some time in the kitchen making your own Easter treats, a move which puts you in control of how much sugar you’re consuming. Some quick ideas include dipping strawberries in melted sugar-free chocolate, making treats with sugar-free jelly and stocking up on other sugar-free desserts and sweets. An Internet search for low carb/low sugar Easter treats will give you a myriad of options. Below are a few tempting recipes we found on www.ditchthecarbs.com.
If chocolate and Easter go hand in hand, you can throw family and social gatherings into the mix, too. Avoid social eating pressure by making sure you don’t arrive with an empty stomach, taking some of your own healthy treats to the gathering and choosing more of the healthier options while you’re there.
“Eat Easter treats over two days only – Easter Sunday and Monday. Then get rid of all the chocolate in your home by Monday night,” Cameron advises. “If, despite all your good intentions, you overdo it, the first step is to accept that veering off track is normal for most people during special occasions. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Accept that you overdid it, put it behind you, and get back to your healthy eating programme first thing on Tuesday morning. Don’t use this slight deviation as an excuse to say, ‘well, I’ve blown it now, I may as well keep eating’.”
- MEDIA RELEASE from Met-S Care