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Saturday, 8 April 2017
As Easter approaches, supermarket isles are filled with silver foiled chocolate Easter eggs and that tempting aroma of butter laden, hot cross buns starts wafting through the air. It can be hard to stay on track with healthy eating when temptations are high! Read on for our top 5 secrets for keeping your mind, body and appetite happy, without the guilty feeling or over-indulgence this Easter.
Before Easter hits, plan how you will respond to people offering you treats; that way you will find it easier to decline when something does tempt you. Have your response ready, and remember that you have a right to choose what you consume and you do not need to accept treats just to be polite. Fill the cupboard or your snack draw at work with fresh, healthy, fulfilling, nutritious snacks instead.
During periods of temptation, remember what consequences that chocolate Easter egg might have. If you are trying to lose weight, it could mean an extra hour walking, and if you are pursuing a low sugar diet, weigh up if what sugar does to the body is worth a few minutes of satisfaction. At the end of the day, the choice is yours!
It’s no surprise that many of us have a sweet tooth. If self-control is not your strong-point and you really do need a hit of chocolate, go for a smaller portion or a healthier option. Choose good quality, dark chocolate that is low in sugar, high in cacao, fair trade, and organic if possible. Dark chocolate is high in cacao and due to the high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-aging benefits; it is considered a health food by many (in moderation of course!).
Try our Melt in Your Mouth Dark Chocolate Recipe using cacao and coconut oil; your friends and family will have no idea it is refined sugar free! Try using cacao powder. Or skip the butter and drizzle a little honey on top of hot cross buns, for a natural sweetener.
It is easy to be tempted at Easter when everywhere you look there seems to be chocolate. Once we taste something sweet, our body craves more and suddenly it is even harder to resist. To help control your cravings you can provide your body with additional support using natural ingredients like Chromium and White Mulberry Leaf, Good Health Sugar Stop that help to balance blood sugar levels. Natural weight management products such as Synetrim Slim and Garcinia also help to improve serotonin levels; helping to manage appetite, emotional eating and cravings. These natural health products and ingredients can help to provide the extra support your body needs.
It is at Easter time that we tend to gift chocolate the most. This Easter, why not think outside the box? Instead of buying chocolate for friends or family, find something that will last longer and is healthier for them. You could purchase flowers, gift homemade arts and crafts or bake your own Easter treats filled with tasty super foods.
Try and be realistic about your healthy eating goals this Easter. Food is for both nourishment and pleasure; and a hot cross bun or an Easter egg is not going to be the end of the world. Try breaking healthy eating goals into manageable mini goals to make it through the Easter long weekend. If you know you are going to be eating treats, ensure you are also eating plenty of whole foods, dark leafy greens and including healthy fats, complex carbs, and proteins in your diet. That way your blood sugar levels will not go through the roof, and you will feel less like consuming the foods that are not so good for you.
Lots of Good Health wishes for a guilt-free Easter break!