As the years roll by, and Easter approaches us yet again, there is one thing that I can be extremely sure of. Today I discovered that if I was to ‘power walk’ off all the hot cross buns I’d eaten over the years, I would have seen more of the world than I have on my few A380 experiences. Ninety minutes. Ninety minutes of intense power walking for each Hot Cross Bun – or five hours, yes five hours for an ‘everyday’ Cadbury Bunny. Actually, five point five, if I was to succumb to my love of white chocolate.
It’s just over a fortnight until Easter, and for most of us that means some time off work, and some of our favourite treats – Easter eggs and hot cross buns! We all know stuffing ourselves silly with all those treats isn’t the best for our health, waistlines, minds or teeth, but what many of us, including myself for many years fail to remember is that the old ‘all or nothing’ approach is not the only one. Over the past two years I have drastically changed how ‘Easter Treats’ look over my long weekend. There are some things you can do to ensure that your Easter break isn’t all bad news for your body, yet is still festively enjoyable. We’ve heard from Chris about the importance of staying active during this long weekend, couple that with some bulk produce goodness and my top tips for ‘egg-cellent’ Easter treats and you will be well on your way to your best Easter yet.
Go dark on chocolate
Not only are dark chocolate eggs (or bunnies, bilbies and possums) more flavoursome than regular chocolate, they’re also healthier. Dark chocolate contains less kilojoules and is a source of polyphenols, which are good for our health and wellbeing. Expensive tastes are also preferable. Generally speaking, the higher the quality of chocolate, the better it is for you – pop into the store and grab some of there fantastic range of organic dark chocolate, you may pay a little more than the Dairy Milk eggs, but your body will thank you for it. I also find, you only need half the quantity.
Enjoy hot cross buns in moderation
Don’t get cross with the hot cross bun, we all need to exercise restraint. Hot cross buns are usually made with white flour and refined sugars, making them less than ideal for weight control. Consider baking your own hot cross buns using wholemeal flour, and minimising any added sugars. The staff in store will be more than happy to talk you through some fantastic alternatives for your recipe.
Return to normal eating by Tuesday
The Easter weekend is four days long, so keep your festivities to just those four days and return to normal eating by Tuesday. Make a rule that you will not consume another Easter egg once the public holidays have finished, and stick to it. Take leftover treats to friends, family or (even better) to work – they won’t last for.
Celebrate in small doses
If you have any family or social functions over the Easter weekend, be mindful of your alcohol intake. It’s loaded with calories, stimulates your appetite, reduces your will power, and can lead to fatty binges the next day when consumed to excess. Set yourself a limit of 1-2 alcoholic drinks, and space them out by drinking a glass of water in between. In addition, be mindful of your portions of the nibbles that often accompany alcohol, such as potato crisps, cheese, crackers and creamy dips.
Have a fabulous easter everyone!
Name: Laura Skirrow
Occupation: Clinical Nurse, Wife, Mum, writer and motivator
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I’m Laura Skirrow and I am a Clinical Nurse, Transplant Coordinator, wife, ‘writer’ and ‘words’ enthusiast and a ‘Mum’ to a beautiful little boy. I have a reasonably newfound passion to empower women to maintain their self-identity, physical and mental health, and overall lifestyle balance during the motherhood journey. Like many, progressing through the transition from independent career woman, to ‘Mum’ presented its challenges to say the least. For me, balance with a baby came by coupling my existing passions of self-growth, words, people and my career with my newfound love of health and fitness. It’s beautiful, and as a result I seek to share it with the masses of other women sharing this path.