Enjoying Easter treats without blowing out
Temptation can seem like it’s all around us at Easter. Bupa dietitian Rosalyn D’Angelo shares her tips to help maintain some balance over the long weekend.
- Choose your favourite foods and savour them: some of us can’t go past hot chips, for others it’s hot cross buns, and some of us would trade it all in for chocolate. Whatever it is, prioritise your favourites and leave the rest. Treats are a part of a healthy diet in moderation.
- When you’re at a get together with family and friends fill at least half your plate with salad and vegetables. They’re full of fibre to keep you full, but very light on the waist line.
- If you want seconds, wait 20 minutes before going back to the buffet table - it takes about that long for the stretch receptors in your stomach to send a signal to your brain that you’re full. So give your body a chance to catch up, then rate your hunger out of 10. If you’re still legitimately hungry, then go back for seconds - but you should go back for seconds of salad and veggies too!
- Bring a healthy plate so that you’ve got an option no matter what your host is serving. Maybe a beautiful spinach salad with pumpkin, goat’s cheese and pine nuts, or some lean meats like chicken breast or turkey.
- Enjoy the time off to be active. Go for a family walk after lunch instead of collapsing in front of the TV. Wake up early and walk to the market to get some fresh flowers to decorate the house. Enjoy the autumn weather before winter hits and it gets cold outside.
- Balance your day - if you’ve had a big lunch, choose a light meal for dinner like an omelette or some veggie soup.
- If it’s in your house you’ll eat it, so if you don’t want to eat all the chocolate you’ve been given, consider donating it to charity or giving it away to friends and family who might want it.
- Watch your alcohol intake - start the day well hydrated and continue to sip on water throughout the day.