Yep it’s that’s time of the year again that we all love to hate and hate to love…EASTER!
It felt like it was just Christmas right? Right!
This public holiday is strongly centered around everyone’s weakness that is the beloved Chocolate. We cannot live with it but we cannot live without it. For all the chocoholics out there, This 4 day weekends simply means your will power is strongly put to the test on Easter as well as the weeks leading up to Easter. Supermarket shelves are stacked to the brim with the delicious substance we know as Chocolate and then to what follows including 4 days off to indulge in cocoa overload, from hot cross buns to hot chocolates… ahhh we simply cannot avoid the obligatory binge when it’s basically everywhere we look.
We can however, weigh up our options and use strong portion control to avoid letting it completely interfere with our diets.
Thinking about things like- Eg: even though we may be eating a 200g egg that tastes like heaven and we are absolutely enjoying every nibble, is it worth the 3 hour run we may have to partake in to counteract the sugar content? Same goes with hot cross buns. Smothered in Butter, they are so darn delish, don’t get me wrong.. but how can we find it in us to be strong and limit ourselves to one or two over the tempting Easter period, rather than consuming the whole bag of them and feeling like a blob afterwards.
You ARE going to slightly indulge over Easter and that is a given but moderation is simply the key to maintaining the balanced diet we had before the deadly public holiday crept up on us and chocolate eggs became part of our daily intake, without our permission.
Here are some helpful tips to educate you and help with your decision making over Easter:
- – Try something with at least 70 per cent dark cocoa which has the added bonus of antioxidants. The high levels of cocoa have also been shown to lower blood pressure.
- -Never eat Easter eggs on an empty stomach as this will cause havoc on your blood sugar levels for the rest of the day.
- -Foods that cause a spike in blood sugar are generally sugar and refined carbohydrates (aka chocolate and hot cross buns). They cause the body to produce insulin, which makes you crave food constantly, leading to weight gain and a variety of health conditions including diabetes.
- -Chocolate will make you thirsty but Research has shown that by increasing water consumption by 1.5 liters a day, you can burn an extra 17,400 calories per year. Drink this regardless of whether chocolate is involved
- -To counterbalance the extra calorie intake over Easter it is important to exercise every day, whether it be a beach walk, sprint session, bike ride with the family, a game of cricket or a home workout – just move that body!
Now we are not telling you to eat chocolate after workouts but believe it or not, Post workout is actually the BEST time to eat chocolate. Seriously. Your body is a sugar burning machine straight after exercise, so if you’re going to eat it, which we all know you are, eat it then. Your body sends that sugar straight into glycogen storage. Yay!
ALSO REMEMBER- that it is okay to take some time out to enjoy the Easter festivities with family and friends and you should not be feeling guilty or judged if you decide to let all your ambitions and worries go without keeping track of exactly what you are consuming. This could be the case for families going off and camping or holidaying with mates. Just gradually bounce back into your normal routine once the few days are over and get back to your sustainable diet and exercise without too much stress.
Enjoy your Easter break our hippity, hoppity bunnies and keep your body, active and moving while doing so. To conclude, studies show that the smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation oooo soo even if you don’t want to be too naughty by consuming a whole heap of that good stuff, inhaling a woff of it could just be enough to give you the relaxing feeling you need to enjoy your Easter break hehe worth a try at least 😉
HAPPY EASTER EVERY BUNNY!
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