You really want to stick to a healthy eating plan over Easter & avoid the Egg & Bun Blow-out – but is it possible? Yeah it is! And you don’t have to miss out either… you just need a plan...you can eat some of the Easter goodies, just not ALL of the Easter goodies!
To put it into perspective, to burn off the calories in one 200g milk chocolate Easter egg, you may have to jog for 3 hours – I’m just saying. So what can you do to enjoy Easter & not feel like you are missing out on the yummies? Here are a few tips:
Treat Easter as one day - not a whole week.
Easter eggs & hot cross buns are for sale months in advance & are everywhere you turn. Avoid turning Easter into a week/month-long binge fest by planning to enjoy your favourite Easter treats on just one day, say Easter Sunday, & then eat your usual healthy foods on the other days.
Plan your indulgence & stick to it.
Decide before-hand what you’ll be eating & when you’ll be eating it. Re-train your brain - think about how the amount you’ve decided on will be enough & that you will be satisfied. Don’t tell yourself you are missing out – be positive about your plan.
It can also help to think about how pleased you will be that you stuck to your plan, as opposed to how you would feel if you had a blow-out.
Size does matter:
Buy small individually wrapped eggs instead of the biggest egg you can find! A 100g milk chocolate egg contains about 500 calories (2100 kJ), which is a big chunk of your daily intake when you are trying to lose weight. Choose small eggs, decide how many you are going to eat & savor them throughout the day.
Easter treats calorie counts:
Sorry for the bad news, but it's true - there are no free Easter calories. So keep this in mind when you're devising your plan;
2 x mini solid Easter eggs = 300kJ (70 calories)
1 x small hollow egg (20g) = 580kJ (140 calories)
1 x mini Hot Cross Bun (40g) = 460kJ (110 calories)
1 x medium Hot Cross Bun (65g) = 880kJ (210 calories)
Quality over quantity:
It's best to choose a small piece of good quality chocolate instead of a large amount of basic chocolate. Better still. choose dark chocolate (70-80%) which has a higher percentage of coco than milk chocolate & will leave you feeling satisfied with a smaller portion than milk chocolate would.
Only buy what you need:
We often tend to buy more eggs & bunnies than we need & end up with too many in the pantry at home. Write a list of people you need to buy eggs for & stick to it - & don’t include your own name on this list.
Be prepared for temptation
You may be gifted chocolate over Easter, so it’s best to have a plan to deal with these gifts so you stay on track & in control.
Make your Easter activities about being active & having fun.
Make the most of the weekend & embrace the holiday element. Shift the emphasis from chocolate to spending time with friends & family, getting active & enjoying a break from the day-to-day routine. An Easter Egg hunt is being active right? Right.
Planning is key
Help yourself stay in control on Easter Sunday by planning your meals ahead of time. Organise your breakfast, lunch, dinner & some healthy snacks to ensure you aren’t hungry - it will make it easier for you to stick to your chocolate damage limitation plan.
The upcoming chocolate fest doesn’t need to bring your healthy eating habits crashing down. Follow these tips & you can have your cake & eat it too – just make it portion controlled cake - & then get back to healthy eating as per usual.