Easter, chocolate, chocolate, hot cross buns and chocolate. If you have a health goal to lose weight, Easter can be tough. Easter can be a time where the goal goes out the window. There are four wonderful days over Easter and yes goals can be achieved. Let’s enjoy Easter and its trimmings; chocolate, hot cross buns and more chocolate.
My diet and chocolate are ongoing. Not just at Easter. I enjoy chocolate and have a little every day.
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How to enjoy chocolate without feeling guilty?
- Give yourself permission to eat some chocolate. It is Easter and chocolate is part of Easter, allow yourself permission to indulge in just a little.
- Watch your portion sizes. With chocolate have a little, preferably of the healthy dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants because of a higher percentage of cocoa.
I heard quite a long time ago that choosing chocolate over 70 percen
- Choose quality over quantity. If you plan to eat chocolate, choose to eat a quality piece of chocolate and savour every bite. My favourite is Lindt chocolate. It is quality and really tasty.
Every year I buy the children, Carsten and I a small Lindt chocolate bunny. My Lindt bunny is the dark bunny. I also buy Lindt chocolate and Cadbury chocolate small eggs for a treasure hunt. Naturally, I know I need to be mindful of how much chocolate I eat and eat with control. I could so easy overindulge and feel awful after.
A 100g chocolate Lindt Gold Bunny is 544 calories. A serving is 40g.
Remember your health goal.
Eating a chocolate bunny every day is certainly not going to help you achieve your health goal. A health goal or weight loss goal is like any goal you need to plan for success.
- Plan ahead of time. Over Easter plan ahead of time. If you are going away or eating out, plan what you would like to eat. Eat a good healthy breakfast and choose wisely when out for lunch and dinner. If chocolate is offered, think do you need it or just want it. Sometimes having a small bite or a small quality Easter egg as a desert is sufficient.
- Pack healthy snacks to stop yourself from eating too much chocolate.
I eat almonds and dates as a healthy snack. Dates are a healthy alternative to chocolate, sweet and tasty.
- Drink plenty of water. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. When you keep hydrated you feel fuller and may not feel like the chocolate. ‘Who am I kidding?, I always like to eat chocolate.’ Have a drink of water and wait. Water may not be tasty like chocolate, but it can stop cravings because you feel fuller.
- Combine your chocolate with fruit by melting dark chocolate and dipping fruit into chocolate. Strawberries, kiwi, mango dipped in chocolate. Yummy and healthier.
A little exercise can go a long way.
If you choose to eat chocolate, walk the chocolate off. Go for a family walk, power walk, dance, swim. Choose an exercise you enjoy and burn off the chocolate calories.
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Enjoy chocolate without feeling guilty.
If you want to have chocolate, chose to enjoy your chocolate at Easter without feeling guilty.
- Enjoy a little chocolate in moderation.
- Enjoy 1-2 squares of dark chocolate or ¼ of a gold Lindt dark chocolate bunny.
- Savour each bite and exercise control in choosing to eat chocolate.
- Chose to eat because of how it makes you feel not because it is Easter.
Easter may bring a few setbacks due to the indulgence in chocolate, hot cross buns and more chocolate. Set-backs and indulgences are part of a weight loss journey to better health. What determines your success is how you bounce back from setbacks and indulgences.