It only takes a moment of weakness to derail your intentions to remain chocolate free during Easter. If ‘just one tiny crème egg’ turned into a whole bag plus a life-size Easter Bunny and a “I will just starve next week, it’s a small sacrifice for chocolate”, it’s not too late to get back on track.
If your Easter binge has left you feel zitty, nauseated at the mention of the word chocolate and vowing to eat lettuce leaves for the next month, you’re probably not alone.
There’s healthier ways to get back on track than googling Ketogenic diets, detoxes or starving yourself
Clear out the pantry
If you don’t have temptations in your cupboards, you have to make more of a concerted effort to go out and track down those sugary and salty treats. Around 3.00pm, just before dinner and while watching late-night TV are when you are most likely to reach for the quick fixes. If you haven’t scoffed the left over eggs, gift them to workmates or drop them off to a church to be distributed to those in need. Include any other unhealthy snacks in your pantry.
Say no to processed foods
You’ll be surprised at how great simple salads and vegetables can taste after weekend of binging on chocolate. Pre-planning a menu for the coming week and writing out a grocery list can help you avoid impulse buying. Aim to only buy fresh produce. If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t put it in your trolley.
Use natural sweeteners to appease the sugar cravings
For some people giving up sugar is just as hard as trying to stop smoking. If the cravings for sugar get unbearable, make your own treats with natural sugars. Pureed dates makes a great sweetener for a range of desserts and cereals. A few slices of banana drizzled in honey or a silken tofu sweetened with honey and cacao powders can give you the fix you’re looking for.
Don’t beat yourself up
Easter only comes once a year. It’s not the end of the world if you’ve fallen off the wagon and gone chocolate-crazy. Make a conscious effort to go for a 30 minute walk at least three times a week and start eating healthy, and you’ll be back on track in no-time at all.