Easter brings with it the joys of overindulgence and potentially the undoing of all the good you’ve done in the weeks before.
But you needn’t be stingy when it comes to divvying out the eggs, as with a little bit of forethought you can indulge without feeling guilty.
Allow yourself a little of what you fancy
Not only will this boost the spirits – chocolate is a real serotonin booster, making you feel happy, but it will keep you motivated to hit the gym, or grab your running trainers. If you promise yourself an egg on the proviso you run at least three miles, or do a session in the gym, then you are making acceptable boundaries that make sense.
Choose the healthier alternatives
“Ok, what’s a healthy Easter egg?” I hear you cry – well if you go for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, you are getting a higher cocoa content – less sugar - and supposedly dark chocolate is better for you. Don’t eat the whole egg at once, and maybe go for the mini ones rather than the giant Easter bunny your great aunt has sent you. Sensible really.
It’s really tempting to guzzle all your chocolate treats at once. Pace yourself throughout the week or month, depending on how many you’ve got stashed away, and you won’t feel bloated and unhealthy. Allow yourself an egg after your gym session and it will inspire you to go and get fit.
Do something active to gain the rewards
Easter is a time for egg hunts, so take advantage of the great outdoors. Take the kids, get active, and work for your eggs. If you’ve done something physical to earn your treats then it won’t feel quite so naughty when you’re enjoying the rewards.
Many people give something up for Lent so they can enjoy Easter as a time for indulgence, but many of us don’t bother with the giving up part. If this is you, then just take stock as to how much you should be indulging. After all, we shouldn’t be rewarding ourselves too much when we didn’t make any sacrifices in the first place.....
I tried the 'wait until after Easter for cheap eggs'. None left anywhere! At least it reduced the calorie intake...
Did anyone else not actually get any chocolate eggs at Easter anyway? I haven't got any children, no partner, and my dog didn't get me one!!
You're all killjoys. I'm planning to give in to commercial pressure with gusto and eat as much over-priced over-packaged chocolate as I can this weekend. For me the whole point of leading an active healthy life most of the time is that I can enjoy its pleasures without too much worry. A bit of over-indulgence is ok!
Exactly!! - still enjoy the chocolate but forget the rip off boxes. I offered my children a fiver each or an egg - and they chose the money! They get plenty of eggs from their relatives so really don't need any more. I'm very glad they made that choice, but it was their choice. The commercial pressure on children is immense to buy the colourful, overpriced boxes.
regrettably Matthew is right - easter eggs are just a way of getting us to buy cardboard and empty space! It is solid bar-shaped chocolate for me.
Luckily I don't get sucked into this whole Easter egg thing. It's a complete commercial rip off and forgets the true meaning of it. Spend he money you would on chocolate on something longer-lasting and life-affirming instead. Plants for example.
Chocolate is much more enjoyable when you know you've done some exercise that day. So I plan to go to the gym on Saturday morning, then indulge without guilt on the Sunday. Best of both worlds!
We don't have Easter Eggs in this house. We treat ourselves in a different way. Sometimes we go away for the weekend and sometimes we treat ourselves with nice non-food gifts. The kids grumble but they still get chocolate from relatives so they don't totally miss out. I try to avoid it altogether.
That picture is making me want to eat more Easter eggs.....!
I'm one of those people who can't do moderation. So in the past Easter has been either a continuation of Lenten austerity or a complete blowout. I used to beat myself up about the latter but now I know I can get back on track again, so at least I let myself enjoy it if I slip. But oh how I wish there weren't so many consumerist temptations around...
I actually dread Easter because I know I won't be able to resist all that chocolate. I'll be hitting the gym hard this year!
an even better path to self-control; if you don't have kids, wait until after Easter to buy the chocolate treats. They will be half-price then, and chocolate lasts as long as you have the willpower not to eat it.