Easter Survival Tips

Easter is on the horizon.

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Bank holiday weekend off work (for most of us), possibly some nice weather, a few drinks, big dinner and of course Easter eggs.

As much as I hate to see kids eating even more junk that normal, buying Easter eggs for the kids is tradition.

The trouble is with all of the family buying your child eggs too, they could have 5,10 or even 15 Easter eggs. I’m sure they are cheaper than they have ever been.

In our family we have started to buy Easter gifts instead of eggs because the kids were having so much chocolate.

Don’t know about you, but I never have Easter eggs bought for me, I just end up eating the kids eggs.

Maybe your loved one has bought you an egg, to that I say – Easter is for the kiddies 😉 (NOT the big kids)

BUT fear not I have a few little tips for you today to limit some of the damage caused by eating too many Easter eggs, because I know you will have one (and anything else for that matter).

SADLY one of the options isn’t a healthy Easter Egg. The main reason that chocolate can put a bit of timber around your middle, FAST, is SUGAR. When you eat chocolate it causes a large rise in blood sugar levels, which is not good for losing weight.

Here are my DAMAGE LIMITATION tips:

1. Always Have It Post Meal – Having chocolate post meal is better, it will have a lower blood sugar response than it would if you’d have had it on an empty stomach. Also after a meal it is natural to have cravings for something sweet so have it as a dessert rather than just for the sake of it.

2. Fish Oils – Make sure that you supplement with fish oils, you should do all the time but especially at times when you don’t follow your normal eating plan. If you plan on having or have had a bad meal/eaten a load of junk, take 3-5 fish oil capsules, they will act as an anti-inflammatory and also lessen the blood sugar response.

3. Eat Quality DARK Chocolate – If you are going to eat some chocolate eggs then make sure you try a good quality dark organic chocolate, which is not half as bad.

4. Guilt Free – Don’t beat yourselves up about it and stress out because you ate 3 Easter eggs in one go (or is that just me). What’s done is done, move on and make sure you get back to normal as soon as possible. Enjoy it, you don’t want to give into your cravings and think ‘that wasn’t really worth it’. Stressing about it will make the effect of the food worse.

5. Go For A Walk Or Do A Workout – It doesn’t have to be anything major, if you are feeling bloated then a nice long walk/run or a short sharp bodyweight workout will boost your digestive system and get everything moving along leaving you feeling better. You could even have chocolate after your workout – if you have a hard session. Post exercise your blood sugar response is again lessened.

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It’s perfectly normal to pig out sometimes and go away from your usual eating structure, we are human, we have cravings, and it’s natural. Mine are usually for wine gums and pizza.

So take these tips on board this Easter to ensure that you enjoy the weekend as much as possible without it affecting your long term progress.

Thanks for reading and Happy Easter,

Richard

PS Don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast, it’s a great one for all of you runners out there. We also talk Crohn’s disease, high blood pressure, carb loading, energy gels, salt and much more. Check it out here.

 

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