The supermarket shelves are filled with silver foiled chocolate Easter eggs. The aroma of hot cross buns smothered in butter drifts in the air from the bakery. Temptations are high and can be hard to resist. Here are my top 5 tips to help you stay in control and enjoy Easter.
1. Start your day with eggs.
Not all eggs at Easter are made of chocolate! Have a cracking good start to the day with scrambled or poached eggs. Eggs are packed with protein and amino acids that help you feel fuller for longer.
2. Go for quality over quantity
If you want to enjoy an Easter egg, choose one that contains high-quality chocolate. Choose dark chocolate that is low in sugar, high in cacao, fair trade, and organic. Dark chocolate is high in cacao. Due to the high levels of antioxidants and anti-ageing benefits, many consider it a health food.
3. Enjoy a healthy Easter lunch
On Easter Sunday, fill up with plenty of healthy vegetables during your main meal. Vegetables will not only count towards your five a day, but the fibre will also help fill you up, so you’ll be less likely to eat as much sweet or fatty stuff later on.
4. Get active with the family
Spring is one of my favourite times to get outdoors. The leaves are bursting through on trees, and there are pops of colour with flowers beginning to bloom. If you take the kids out for a walk, have a colour hunt instead of an Easter egg hunt. Write out a list of colours and encourage them to find colour in nature. They tick off the colours as they go – the winner is the first to find them all!
5. Slow down and switch off
If you are off work over Easter, make the most of it. Use the time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the health benefits of resting, recharging, and rejuvenating. Turn off your phone and reduce your screen time. Make self-care a priority this Easter.
If you know you will be eating treats, ensure you are also eating plenty of whole foods, dark leafy green, healthy fats, complex carbs, and proteins in your diet. This will ensure your blood sugar levels don’t go through the roof, and you will feel less like eating foods that are not so good for you.
If you do indulge more than you intended, don’t write off the whole weekend. Reflect and correct. Try to keep your movement levels up. A brisk 30-minute walk in the fresh air can make a difference to your fitness, motivation and overall mood.
Wishing you a restful and restorative Easter.
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