Easter is such a great time of the year, especially with little children who just light up at the thought of the Easter Bunny, Easter hat parades, Easter egg hunts and the super exciting (and expensive!) Easter Show.
With all this Easter fun going on around you it would be pretty hard not to get caught up in the deliciously naughty side of Easter.
I’m not sure how your cupboards are all looking, but mine has died and gone to chocolate/sugar heaven with the shelves stacked with chocolate and sugar treats in all shapes and sizes.
So with a cupboard full of naughty going on, how do you manage to stay on track with your healthy eating and weight loss goals?
I have put together a few of my top tips to staying on track while you’re surrounded by Easter evil and you may be surprised that it doesn’t have to be as hard as you thought.
1. Don’t deprive yourself.
The biggest mistake people make is trying to go cold turkey this time of the year. I find this can only lead to one thing, and that’s a serious binging session. Easter only comes one time a year, so treat yourself – you deserve it!
2. Good things come in small doses.
Make sure while you’re enjoying some tasty treats, you don’t go too crazy and eat too much. You should have just enough to satisfy the craving, but not too much that you’re adding too much sugar and calories to your daily intake. A small handful of eggs/chocolate is a safe amount and shouldn’t do too much damage!
3. Train your way through the evil.
If you’re going to be a little bit naughtier than you usually would and you don’t want to put on weight, then I suggest cranking up the training to help burn away the evil. It’s all a balancing act:
Calories In (food consumed) – Calories Out (energy your body uses) = Energy Balance
This means if you consume more calories, you need to burn more energy to maintain the balance. I know around Easter time I really crank up my cardio to help burn the extra calories I’m consuming.
4. Don’t let Easter treat time drag on for too long.
While It’s a good thing to treat yourself at Easter time, it shouldn’t become your new normal eating habit. Spoil yourself for a few days and then try to wean yourself off the daily chocolate/sugar treats and back to your normal healthy eating plan.
5. Donate the excess evil.
If you find that after a week of indulgence you still have a cupboard stacked with evil, then donate the remains to your local charity. If you’re not sure what your local charity is, you can send to Foodbank Australia. It’s super easy, just pop all your remaining chocolate in a box and send it to:
152 Newton Rd, Wetherill Park NSW 2164
Foodbank distribute to all the local charities around Australia, so not only will you be removing temptation right from under your nose, you will also be helping those less fortunate than you – a great way to end your week of Easter Festivities!
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