Treat yourself this Easter without hopping off track
Dietitian tips to have a healthier Easter
Dietitian Melissa Holloway shares her top tips for enjoying all the best of Easter, while still staying on track with your goals.
You may be in the midst of a weight loss journey, or simply trying to make regular, healthier choices. Either way, if you are feeling concerned about how you might approach the Easter (chocolate) extravaganza and a change to your routine, then read on.
Life is not a straight line of events, often there are blips and bumps getting in the way of our carefully crafted plans. One critical part of undertaking a long-term change in life is planning for the bumps, so we don’t feel derailed by them.
1. Go for your faves
Think quality over quantity here. Whether it is milk, white or dark chocolate, choose your absolute favourite chocolate to have at Easter, so you know you’ll enjoy it. Do the same with hot cross buns – make it exactly how you want to, on a tea break or with your morning coffee, toasted with butter (or even a square of chocolate). Take a moment to savour it and enjoy every bite.
2. Save it for treat time
Try to avoid eating the chocolate or hot cross buns when you are hungry, because it might take a lot to feel satisfied! Keep them as a treat so their portion doesn’t get out of hand.
3. Put the packet away
It’s difficult to avoid going for more when the delicious morsels are right in front of you. Take from the packet the amount you think will probably be enough to satisfy you (don’t be too restrictive here, because you are likely to just go back for more) and put the packet back in the cupboard.
4. No added sugar vs regular chocolates
No added sugar chocolates are virtually the same in terms of calories as regular chocolate. If you enjoy them then go for it, but there is no benefit to your health choosing one over the other.
5. Drop the guilt
Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you eat more than you intended. Guilt doesn’t help you to form a healthy relationship with food; it often makes people feel like all their efforts are wasted and that they ‘might as well keep going’. That is 100% not true – reflect on how much you enjoyed eating it, and move on.
At the end of the day, Easter is an event that only happens once a year. While food is an important part of Easter, and it should be enjoyed, it’s only one part of the celebration. Instead of striving for dietary perfection, plan to enjoy all parts of Easter – a bit of your favourite chocolate, some hot cross buns, plus the opportunity we get for down time or catching up with loved ones.
Melissa Holloway is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive experience working in foodservice across a range of industries including aged care, elite sport and in hospitals. She is passionate about ensuring people have access to not only fresh and healthy food options, but also that people get to choose food that they truly enjoy. As a busy Mum, Melissa loves preparing healthy and delicious food for her family.