Just when you thought all the holidays were behind you (and no longer threatening your weight-loss), along comes Easter. Towering displays of marshmallow chicks and chocolate bunnies fill the stores, and you may be planning a massive feast but don't let it deter your weight loss efforts.
Here are some tips to survive this Easter weekend:
Don’t sit down to dinner on an empty stomach.- You’ll be more likely to overeat. Eat about 60 calories of a lean protein, about 20 minutes before dinner. This will enable you to enjoy your meal without feeling famished and overeating.
Be active –Go for a walk before church or coordinate a street-wide Easter egg hunt or parade. You would be amazed at all the local offerings. Get outside!
Rethink that Easter basket- Purchase nontraditional gifts like books, costume jewelry or gift certificates. Instead of buying lots of candy, buy plastic eggs and fill them with stickers, money or small toys.
Shift your focus -Remind yourself that holidays are not a whole season, a whole weekend, or even a whole day. Think about what is actually on the menu you are planning and if there are any healthier alternatives you can incorporate. You might surprise yourself and your family with something new!
Spread the wealth –Don’t buy a big bag of candy. And if you end up with one: Share, share, share! Adults like to share in candy they only see once a year.
Change the sweets to natural sweets – Now is a good time to switch out candy for fruit that is in season.