Easter weekend tends to be filled with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Add in the large family dinners and get-togethers with ample amounts of food and it can be hard to manage your regular eating routine. Without completely avoiding and depriving yourself of these enjoyable treats, there are other ways to indulge reasonably and have a great holiday. Try out these 4 tips to help you feel healthy and energized during and after the long weekend.
𝟏. 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞. Avoid skipping meals only to over-serve yourself at dinner. This can often lead to more calories than you would have consumed if you had had breakfast or lunch. Ensuring a consistent intake of balanced meals and snacks can help maintain your appetite throughout the day.
𝟐. 𝐄𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞. The more you resist, the more you are likely to crave the sweets. So peruse the options, decide what your favourite treat is and fully enjoy it! To help manage portions, think “what is the smallest amount that will satisfy me?”
𝟑. 𝐊𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧. Eating a source of protein at each meal and snack will contribute to less cravings as the day goes on. For example, try Greek yogurt at breakfast, some peanut butter and fruit at snack time, a tuna or egg sandwich for lunch, vegetables and hummus in the afternoon and chicken, ham or tofu at dinner.
𝟒. 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲. Whether it’s running around the yard hiding Easter eggs for the little ones, going for a family walk or parking further away from the door at your 5th grocery store visit of the weekend, get active! Increasing your activity can help boost your energy and get you through the family festivities without being completely worn out by Sunday.