When you’re a mum, Easter can be a really fun time of year.
You might be looking forward to Easter egg hunts with the kids, spending time with the family, or simply having a couple of extra days off to relax and recharge.
But if you’re a mum who’s trying to lose weight, Easter can also be difficult.
From the endless chocolate eggs, to the hot cross buns that seem to appear earlier and earlier each year(!), it’s the one holiday that really seems to revolve around food.
And if you find it hard to resist things like chocolate, you might be worried about what’s going to happen when you’re surrounded by it for days (or weeks) on end!
The thing is though, just because you’re trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
You CAN enjoy this special time with your family and still stay on track for your weight loss goals.
In this article, I’m going to give you my top 3 tips that’ll help you survive Easter and still lose weight.
1. Acknowledge your feelings
The thing first that I recommend you do is take a moment to acknowledge how you’re feeling about Easter. What’s coming up, and where are those feelings coming from?
For example, it might be that you’re feeling anxious or worried because you don’t trust yourself around chocolate, and you don’t think you’re going to be able to control yourself with so much temptation around.
These fears could be based on false evidence from previous experiences you’ve had, where a restrictive or deprivation mindset has led you to overeating.
Even though it might not feel good, I encourage you to sit in the discomfort of whatever it is you’re feeling. It might help to write about it, or talk to someone you trust. Just getting those thoughts out of your head can be more helpful than you think.
Once you know how you’re actually feeling, you can then think about where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and come up with strategies so you don’t have to rely on willpower alone.
For example, you might stock up on healthier treats to enjoy over the long weekend, or think of other ways to comfort and soothe yourself that don’t involve food.
2. Give yourself permission to eat chocolate!
What’s the first thing you think about if I tell you not to think about chocolate?
It’s chocolate, right?!
As soon as you deprive yourself of something you enjoy, you feel a strong desire to have it. That’s just how our brains work.
Which is why my next big tip to enjoy Easter is to get out of the deprivation and restriction mindset and give yourself permission to eat chocolate!
Remember, it’s only 4 days. And even if you do eat more calories than usual, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you can’t get back on track.
What you can do is be really mindful about your chocolate eating. Instead of thinking “I shouldn’t be doing this”, think about how great it tastes, and how much you’re enjoying it.
This will help you to feel more satisfied, and as a result, you’ll find you won’t feel the need to eat as much.
3. Stay well-nourished throughout the day
If you know you’re going to be indulging in some chocolate, you might think, “oh, I won’t eat breakfast or lunch today to save calories.”
Don’t do this!
While it might SEEM like a good idea if you’re trying to lose weight, what that will actually do is just make it harder for you to resist your cravings, which in turn will lead to you overeating.
This will then give you false evidence that you can’t control yourself around chocolate, and so the cycle continues!
To avoid this, I recommend eating regular, well-balanced and nourishing meals over the Easter period, just as you would in your regular routine.
Including the 4 ‘power foods’ (protein, fats, carbohydrates and fibre) in your meals and snacks will help you feel satisfied and fuller for longer, which will also help you avoid overindulging.
So there you have it! My top 3 tips to help you enjoy the Easter break (without the guilt!) and still stay on track for your weight loss goals.
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