Egg-celent tips to stay on track at Easter
Don’t let Easter disrupt your usual healthy eating habits
Here are a few tips from Lite n’ Easy dietitian Larissa Robbins to help you stay on track this Easter and avoid the chocolate coma!
Easter may look a little different this year. But just because there’s no social gatherings or family holidays doesn’t mean there’s no temptation to grab those Easter eggs and hot cross buns that are staring at us so convincingly from the checkout aisle.
1. Treat yourself only when Easter (Sunday) actually arrives
Try to steer clear of hot cross buns and chocolate eggs until Easter Sunday actually arrives. Then, keep the treats for a single time of day — perhaps as an after-dinner treat, or a 3pm snack. This way, you won’t be scoffing on choccie eggs all day long.
2. Be portion wise
Instead of buying large bags of eggs and giant chocolate bunnies, choose small, individually wrapped treats. It’s easier to portion and seeing the empty wrappers is a good way to hold yourself accountable.
3. Choose quality over quantity
When selecting chocolates, choose quality over quantity. A few squares of quality dark chocolate may be just as satisfying as a giant bunny made of cheap compound chocolate (which is mostly sugar and not much cocoa). Select the treat that really tickles your fancy and sit down undistracted and enjoy every mouthful. By taking the time to savour your favourite Easter treats, you are less likely to crave for more.
4. Planning is key
Help yourself to stay in control over the weekend by planning your meals ahead. By having meals and some healthy snacks, it will make it much easier to limit the chocolate damage and stick to your health and weight loss goals. For breakfast include healthy proteins, like eggs (the non-chocolate kind) and include lots of vegetables or salad as part of your lunch and dinner.
5. Stay active
Given that there won’t be social gatherings this year, it’s important to find ways to fill the time at home over the long weekend. Thinking of creative ways to keep active can take your mind off eating and stop you from overindulging. Go for an early morning walk or bike ride, arrange a backyard Easter egg hunt with the kids or set up a make-shift soccer field.
6. Remove the guilt
For many people, it’s common to think, “I shouldn’t have eaten that” or “I wish I didn’t indulge”. Unfortunately, these negative thoughts can be more harmful to our health than the food we’ve eaten. We’re all human, so rather than linger on it, make a resolution to be active and eat more vegetables at your next meal. Remove the guilt and trust that your body is strong and capable of digesting what you’ve eaten.
At Lite n’ Easy you can buy full meal plans, including breakfasts, lunches and dinners but there are also many other flexible options to suit your lifestyle. You could have dinners only or some smaller meals (such as the Mini Meals, Meals in a Bowl and Lite Meals) to store in the freezer for the rest of the family.
Larissa Robbins is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive experience working across Australia and the UK in the food industry, corporate health, hospitals and private practice. She specialises in the area of weight management, gastrointestinal disorders and chronic disease management. Larissa is passionate about helping people live their healthiest lives through the power of food and nutrition.