If you started your healthy eating plan in January, chances are Easter will be your first major hurdle when it comes to sticking to your new lifestyle.
It is possible to have a happy, healthy Easter and not compromise all you’ve achieved so far by following my five tips.
Let’s start by putting it into perspective – chocolate is available 365 days a year, so don’t use Easter as the excuse to slip back into old ways.
You’ve heard me say it before, everything in moderation is the key to weight loss success. Surely one egg won’t hurt, right? My question is – can you stop at one?
Let’s look at the reality of it
A 150g bunny can be demolished in around ten minutes, that’s 800 calories and 45g of fat consumed. How long do you think it will take to burn off those calories? You’ll need to walk for over four hours to burn that off. That’s the cold hard truth.
What about a hot cross bun? There’s about 280 calories and 4.4g of fat in an 85g bun. But who just eats the bun? Spread on one teaspoon of butter and you can add another 36 calories and 4.1g of fat. You’ll spend about 40 minutes on a stationary bike at a moderate pace to burn that off.
The way I see it you have three options over Easter:
- Commit to not having chocolate – ask friends and family not to give you chocolate (flowers or gift cards accepted :-))
- Limit the chocolate you have – plus keep up your healthy meals and exercise
- Give up – it’s too hard to be healthy over Easter
So, what’s your decision?
The secret to staying committed to your decision is to have a plan. If you’ve decided on number three, pick a date when you will get back on track, mark it on the calendar and don’t deviate from the plan.
For those who’ve decided on option one or two, here’s my five tips for a healthy Easter:
- Start the day right – A good breakfast will help keep you on track. Check out my big breakfast in book 3, the combination of lean protein and fibre will keep you feeling full and help prevent mid-morning cravings. For a quick option, enjoy one of my Premium Breakfast Shakes.
- Be careful – Never open a box of chocolates alone, open them in company and offer them around.
- Enlist help – Ask family members to not leave their chocolate lying around to tempt you.
- Get active – Head outdoors; walk the dog or play a game with the kids or grand-kids
- If all good intentions fail – Get back on track as soon as possible
Easter is just a few days, it will be all over before you know it and once you get to the other side and have stuck with your plan, you will wonder what all the fuss was about. It’s really not that hard to have a healthy Easter. Imagine how proud you’ll feel when you’ve stuck to your plan.
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NOTE: Calories burned depends on several variables. The examples above were based on a 45-year-old, 80 kilo, 165cm woman – calculated using http://www.mydr.com.au/tools/calories-burned-calculator