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Easter - The time when chocolate eggs are everywhere. You've already bought the kids some and then had to buy them more because you ate the first lot while they were sleeping. It happens.
So what do we do to get past the temptation of more? It is fine and even encouraged to enjoy your Easter with your family but how do we stop that day, weekend or week becoming a whole month or longer! Especially when all the unsold Easter eggs become so ridiculously cheap after Easter Sunday!
We have had a fantastic time baking indulgent treats, licking icing of the spoon and demolishing chocolate eggs in record time but you have to know when to stop and sugar cravings do not make this easy!
I have put together a list of 6 simple things you can do to help you get back on track after the Easter blow out. No guilt here for what you ate already just a plan to move forward and get you moving closer to your weight loss goal, fitness goal or just achieving general healthy balance.
1. Drink More Water
Sometimes it is easy to confuse being thirsty with sweet cravings. Ever get that feeling where you want something but you're not quite sure what - chances are it's water your body wants. Give it a go.
2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally
I have got such a sweet tooth that it has been important to come up with some handy recipes that keep your sweet tooth satisfied without hurting your progress. I have lots of great recipes that I will get around to posting up on here soon enough but you can find some now on my facebook and instagram page. One of favourite simple go to desserts' is to half an orange, sprinkle with cinnamon and place under the grill until warm and serve with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
3. Eat Protein, Fat and Fiber
Now that you are cutting out or cutting down on sugar focus on what you can eat rather than what you 'cant'. Protein, Fat (healthy fats) and Fiber will help keep you fuller for longer and help to keep your blood sugar levels steady meaning you will less likely to have uncontrollable cravings. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado and nuts. For fiber you want to be eating lots of veggies and for you can get your daily protein needs from lean meats, eggs, fish and a variety of beans.
4. Stop Buying it
Sometimes we can be so good all day, we are out and about opting for healthier options and feeling pretty damn good about ourselves then the evening comes, kids are in bed, cravings kick in, we are tired and the urge to fall in to old habits is higher than ever. What do we do? If it is not in the house it is going to be much harder to cave. Instead keep fruit and veg ready prepped - easy to grab if you really must snack but take a moment to think about why you are snacking. Are you hungry? If so listen to that hunger but could it be that you are just bored or have the habit of reaching for some sugar at that time? Your body gets accustomed to these habits, we just need to be more mindful around food and listen to what our body really needs. When these cravings do kick in try brushing your teeth or having a chamomile tea instead.
5. Switch to Dark chocolate
If you really must have that chocolate fix try having just a couple of squares of dark chocolate. It is better for you and you are far less likely to consume the whole bar as you would with milk chocolate.
6. Go Cold turkey
Some people find cutting down the best way others need to go cold turkey. While I don't usually promote restricting yourself with rules, when it comes to sugar - it can be one of the best ways. Once we cut out sugar we stop craving it so it can help to set yourself a time frame in which you are not going to have it. Once this time frame is over, it'll be out of your system, you will have focused on making healthier habits and less likely to go back into old ways. I am a fan of eliminating all processed foods, caffeine and sugar for 9 days while I focus on consuming whole foods that I prepare myself and get my body back into balance. I also use this time to meditate and be more mindful about my meals. I have wrote more about this process on another blog post.
I hope you all had a great Easter!
Please comment and let me know what your biggest challenge at the moment is and what goal you are focusing towards. Which part of this guide do you think you will definitely be trying?
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