The Easter long weekend provides us with another opportunity to not only spend some quality time with our family and friends, but to also indulge in Easter eggs, hot cross buns and other goodies that are on offer during this special time.

But how do you survive the long weekend without putting on some weight?

It is possible, with 3 simple steps…

1. Be mindful of what you’re eating

If there’s a smorgasbord of enticing food on offer, be mindful of the types of food that you’re selecting and adding to your plate, as well as how much of it you’re consuming. Think about whether you really need to cover half your plate with mash potato, and instead, select more vegetables and salads.

Give your full attention to the present moment and this will increase your awareness. Eat slowly and take the time to reflect on the nutrients provided, as well as the benefits of eating good clean food – you will look vibrant and feel energised.

As for Easter eggs, they’ve been available in supermarkets since January, and if you have children in your family, expect a lot of chocolate coming your way this weekend.

Even if you are on a healthy eating plan, you can enjoy a small treat on Easter Sunday, but choose quality over quantity. Indulge mindfully in a small but ‘good’ piece of chocolate, remembering that a 200g Easter bunny = approx. 2hrs worth of running! So if you’re not into running, reconsider the amount you think it’s ‘okay to eat’.

Once the festivities are over, either pass the chocolate on, or pack it away in a spot that is out of reach and out of sight. You’re less likely to reach for it, when you’re wondering what to snack on!

Also remember that if you’re planning to drink, to keep in mind that alcoholic beverages have hidden calories, so be mindful of how much you’re drinking.

In short, choose foods that are healthy and filling, and eat slowly – you’re less likely to go for seconds or overindulge.

2. Keep active

If you can, do some form of physical activity during this time. Even a short walk around the block can do wonders.

Exercise not only helps to increase your metabolism, but it will also improve your mood and overall wellbeing –  you will feel good, much more confident and in control.

Exercise can also reduce any stress and anxiety you may be feeling during this time, so get up and move.

3. Focus on the meaning of Easter

Easter is not about Easter eggs and hot cross buns, and how much we can eat and drink in one day. Easter signals the end of Lent and is a symbol of Great Love; it provides us with an opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the blessings in our life. This is more paramount than ever, during a global pandemic…

Easter is a time where we come together with our loved ones to celebrate this special occasion. So this Easter weekend, treasure the time you have with your family by spending some quality time with them.

Enjoy the festivities with them, and cherish the moments and memories you’re creating with them, truly being thankful after a very difficult 2020…

Happy Easter to You All!

On a final note, we would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter filled with peace and happiness. Enjoy celebrating this special time with your loved ones.

Until next time, wishing you all great health and wellbeing, and a lovely Easter and long weekend.

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