Getting back on the health wagon after the Easter break

The idea of kale salads post Easter holidays doesn’t sound very appetising. Letting go over the holidays and enjoying Easter treats is only natural, and you’re not alone if you consumed more chocolate eggs and hot cross buns than you can count! Getting back into a healthy eating routine doesn’t have to be punishing. If you had an overly self-indulgent Easter, don’t sweat it-get back on track the next day. Here are some tips on how to get back into the swing of healthy eating:

  1. Slowly cut out junk food over the following week. Allow yourself to have one treat per day do you don’t feel deprived, which increases the likelihood you will binge. Cut back on the sweets and slowly start to clean up your diet over the next 1-2 weeks. Get rid of the guilt – one weekend won’t ruin your health.
  2. Increase fibre rich foods to help keep you feeling fuller for longer, and reduce the temptation to give into chocolate cravings. Include plenty of fresh green vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and other veggies to keep your appetite in control.
  3. Learn to treat yourself with ‘healthy’ options. Plenty of refined-sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free (for those who are sensitive) treat options are abundantly available. All you have to do is pop into your local health food shop, and you can find chocolate made with coconut sugar (low GI), raw cacao, coconut, dates, nut, and/or seed-based treats that you don’t need to feel guilty about!
  4. Don’t skip meals due to overindulgence. It is important to continue with regular meal and snack times. Keep portion sizes smaller if you’re still feeling full from the weekend, but don’t skip meals altogether.
  5. Try new foods and recipes. Look for new healthy recipes online or in cookbooks and magazines to hit the refresh button on your motivation. Bonus: you will likely have plenty of leftovers to experiment with!
  6. Bring a healthy snack with you if you are going to leave the house for more than two hours. This will reduce the likelihood of reaching for a sweet treat when you feel your energy levels dipping while you’re ‘on the go’.
  7. Don’t let one backward step throw you off track. Don’t get down on yourself for slipping up once – just make sure your next meal is a healthy one!

Remember, it’s what you do 80-90% of the time that counts!

If you’re looking to improve your overall diet, speak to Elevate’s Naturopath and Nutritionist, Amanda Harasym, or Dietitian Anthony Glanville for more information. Call Elevate on 9252 2225 for all inquiries.

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