How To Eat Healthy At Easter


Easter has different meanings for different people. For some it's a celebration of rebirth and new life, for others, a long weekend off work to spend time with family and friends. However you plan your celebration, it no doubt involves sweet treats.  In fact there's no escaping the onslaught of sugar that threatens us at every turn.  From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies, empty calories abound.
But don't worry, you can still eat right this Easter. Just make sure to follow this advice:

A special day, regular eating

Easter is most definitely a special holiday for most of us. However, that doesn't mean you can't eat like it's a regular day. Not overeating, watching portion sizes, choosing options that are beneficial to your fitness goals, and other key "will power" choices can help you eat right on Easter (or any holiday, for that matter). Often we'll use holidays as an excuse to cheat from healthy living. You don't need to cheat! You can build holiday eating and holiday favorites into a healthy lifestyle by simply making good choices and being more conscious of the fuel you put in your body. 

Portions and spacing

If you're like most people who have multiple families to visit, you'll most likely be sitting down to more than one Easter table. It may be impolite to not eat at a relatives' house but that's no excuse to binge. You can avoid gorging while still enjoying family favorites. Try to watch your portion sizes if you know that you'll be eating multiple times later in the day. A small plate of assorted family specialties keeps you in their good graces while not putting you into a food coma.

Healthy alternatives

Make a decision to choose health, so that an indulgence becomes the exception; not the rule.
So let’s look at some alternatives for your Easter celebration. You do not have to sit there munching on steamed asparagus while those around you are tossing back bunny cupcakes by the dozen.  
Consider the following ideas for Easter basket treats and munchies.  Sticking to this list will ensure that you avoid the Easter food coma and remain clear headed and full of energy.

•    Dried fruit (eat with a protein such as nuts)
•    Very dark chocolate (choose some with very little sugar)
•    Nuts
•    Fresh fruit
•    Whole grain crackers and pretzels
•    Cheeses
•    Popcorn

Non-food ideas for kids’ baskets:

•    Play dough
•    Ball
•    Jump rope
•    Sidewalk chalk
•    Crayons
•    Garden starter set
•    Butterfly habitat
•    Beading supplies
•    Swimming toys
•    Card games

Have a healthy Easter!

Laska Varkaris
Trainer and Body Transformations Coach
Dynamic Boxing Fitness 

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