So the season of chocolate is upon us and you are freaking about getting off track with your diet and exercise – and so soon after you just got back on track after Christmas! So our advice over Easter is the same as Christmas – don’t let one day derail your healthy lifestyle permanently.
There are plenty of options to avoid chocolate:
– Tell friends and family that you’d rather not exchange chocolate this year. Ask for a FitBit or gym clothes instead!
– Throw out or give away any chocolate you receive (this is hard-core… but if you really don’t want to eat any chocolate at all, it’s your best bet)
– Have a family picnic in the park and surround yourself with delicious salads, lean meats, fresh fruit etc. Have fun playing Frisbee or cricket or touch footy. And share any chocolate you receive amongst everyone.
– Go for quality, not quantity – try some delicious organic dark chocolate. We love Pana Chocolate – “Rich, smooth and velvety organic chocolate without the guilt.” This assortment of deliciousness is raw, organic, handmade, low GI with no dairy, no soy, no gluten and no refined sugar. And they are quite rich in flavour so just one or two pieces really hits the spot.
If all else fails, remember Easter is a special occasion and it is okay to eat some chocolate. Studies have proven that if you deny your food cravings, you are more likely to overindulge. And Easter is just a weekend – come Tuesday morning, just put it all behind you and move forward with your healthy eating and exercise regime. No need to go crazy here either – 4 hours in the gym won’t counteract a food binge and that’s more likely to cause injury that will set you back much further than the occasional blow out! Instead try to exercise every day over Easter to balance out the consumption of extra kilojoules. The more fuel you burn off via exercise, the more it will counterbalance the extra input. Get the whole family involved by going for a bike ride, a beach walk or playing a game of touch footy.
If you do go crazy and eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner – pay attention to how you feel afterwards. Do you feel healthy, vibrant, full of energy and ready to take on the world? No? That’s your body’s way of telling you it didn’t really like the fuel you provided and that it struggled to find the nourishment it needs to make you feel awesome. But never fear, put it behind you and get back on the healthy eating bandwagon and your body will thank you for it.