In our house, the chocolate has already being gifted to us so it's time to talk about making the most out of Easter. How to enjoy Easter treats more but eat less...
1. Go for quality not quantity
So many Easter chocolates are poor quality and I'm not willing to waste any calories on cheap chocolate. When buying chocolate or choosing from your haul, go for the extra yummy but smaller portioned good quality chocolate.
2. Choose your treats
I must say that I do like chocolate. But is it YOUR favorite? When it comes to sometimes foods (also know as special treats or the jargon 'discretionary' foods) , you need to choose YOUR personal favourite. Would you enjoy a glass of champagne more or a warm buttered hot-cross bun? Is your favourite dark chocolate with almonds or a white chocolate ganache egg?
3. Eat slowly and enjoy
And I mean really, really, really slowly. The best way to practice this idea is to sit at the table, tv off with a small piece of your favourite treat.
First close your eyes (for now imagine you are eating your favourite Easter treat). Now take a deep smell. Next take a small nibble. Let the food or drink swirl around your month. Ohhh and ahhhh (yes I make people do this in my sessions). Now another small bite.
Give it a try! You will be surprised how satisfying a little bit of your favourite treat is.
4. It's ok to say "no, thanks"
These days we seem to be surrounded by treat foods, celebrations, parties and events with sometimes foods are very prevalent. Sure, if you feel like a treat then follow the steps above and enjoy a little. But just because someone else is having something, or because it's Dave's last day, or the last day of term, or Friday, don't feel that you have to have something. Ask yourself "do I feel like this now". Remember you can always have something later. It's ok to smile and say no without feeling deprived. Just ask yourself the question "do I really feel like this now?"
5. Balance your plate
Make sure to fill up on lots of colourful veggies, especially at Easter time. So this Easter enjoy lots of fresh, healthy food and water followed by a small amount of your favourite Easter treats, if you feel like it. And remember to ohhh and ahhh.....
What will you be enjoying this Easter?