Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we are all still faced with the additional tempting treats in the Supermarket (which started in January 😡) as well as the Long weekend. Similarly to the Christmas break, we may find ourselves in situations where we cannot stick to our normal food and activity routines.
There is no need to stress about undoing all your hard work. With the following easy tips, you can still enjoy this short break with the odd treat or 2.
- Don’t eat chocolate eggs before Easter.
You wouldn’t open your Christmas presents before Christmas, so why do we feel the need to indulge in Easter treats well before it starts. – Eat your Easter Eggs on the festive days.
- Go for quality not quantity
Choose your ABSOLUTE favourite egg. If your favourite is a high carb option, do they have it in smaller size?
- Choose dark chocolate
If you love dark chocolate, opt for a Dark Chocolate version of your egg.
- Opt for a homemade Easter
Can you make your own dark chocolate eggs? There are many chocolate Easter molds you can find in stores. You could use Lindt 90% and create your own personalised Low Carb eggs. How about making homemade Easter cookies, Baby Chicken cupcakes, Chocolate Bark or LowER Carb Hot Cross Buns
- Eat real eggs
Boil and dye real eggs. Or perhaps ½ the amount of Chocolate eggs and include painted eggs. Then you will have some extra boiled eggs on hand for a snack or to pop into your salads
- Balance your kilojoule intake in other meals.
Do you celebrate Easter the whole weekend or just on a few of the days? A good plan is to know when you have the indulgent meals planned (if any) and enjoy low carb foods around these indulgences to balance out your total intake. You can find some great Low Carb recipes here
- Try and be more active
Do you have a few days off? Can you make some time to move more. Check out our blogs on Incidental movement and exercise.
- Make the focus on family and friends, not food.
Easter doesn’t have to be just about how many chocolate eggs we can eat, or how many Hot Cross buns we enjoy. For most of us that have some extra time off, perhaps plan some family activities away from the dining table.
- Have Low Carb snacks and foods on hand.
Leftover prawns and protein options, Pre-washed bags of salad, Frozen veggies, Cans of Tuna, Eggs, Cheese, Nuts
- Keep leftover eggs out of sight and out of mind.
Once Easter is over, do your best to give away as much as you can. There are times when I have simply just thrown extra chocolate away. If its there, I will eat it. My mantra – Waste it, don’t wear it 🙂
We know that eating Low Carb makes us feel good, but from time to time we are faced with events, that may include foods we wouldn’t regularly have. If we choose to eat them, what strategies do we have in place to ensure we go back to our regular eating plan? (see our SOS Carb Coma eBook)