In general, eat when you are hungry, stop when you are satisfied, and don’t eat when you are not hungry. A little non-hungry eating over Easter won’t hurt your weight loss as long as it is in moderation. Read more for your very own Mindful Easter.
Don’t tell yourself “Stuff it, Easter is too hard - I will start again on my healthy eating again next Tuesday.” Why? Moderation is the key to managing weight, and this kind of thinking does not promote moderation, it promotes overeating.
On the other hand, don’t aim to totally deny yourself chocolate and treats over the Easter weekend. Why? This thinking leads to a sense of deprivation... and if you end up caving in and breaking your rules you are likely to feel guilty, ashamed, and hopeless. It is just
these kinds of uncomfortable feelings that lead to emotional eating - which is a key factor in weight gain.
Stick to your planned meals and don’t allow yourself to get too hungry. This can be a danger time and lead to over indulging.
Be honest with yourself. If you are the kind of person who will want to eat a whole egg, make sure the eggs you buy are small. If you find chocolate in the pantry hard to resist, make sure that you clean your house out as soon as Easter is over. Give the chocolate away, melt it down and make it into something else and gift to a neighbour, throw it in the bin! Whatever it takes, if it is a trigger then draw the line once Easter is over.
Obviously Easter isn’t just about chocolate and you might be planning lunches and dinners with friends and family. Socialising can make it hard to follow your golden rule. Try these strategies:
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