This weekend brings forth another holiday where, in addition to getting together with family, the focus is on food. At Easter we get not only the large Sunday dinner, but also all the jelly beans, delicious Cadbury Cream Eggs, chocolate eggs, sugar-rush creating peeps, and chocolate bunnies the size dollhouses. It’s not that you can’t eat any of these foods to maintain a healthy lifestyle–although if your will power is strong this weekend that’s great–but you can think about other choices when you know you’re to splurge.
This Easter try these three tips to help you feel a little less guilty.
1) Go for a Walk
After dinner when everyone retires to the couch, starts to get droopy-eyed and nod off, choose something different. Get off the couch and go for a walk. Try to get as many friends and family members to join you. Many won’t want to. Don’t let that stop you. Seek out the kids. Kids are usually up for anything active. Even if the weather is still crisp outside, the fresh air will revitalize you and lift your spirits for the car ride home. It doesn’t have to be a long walk. Just get out and stroll along the block. It doesn’t have to be a fast walk. Just get the body moving.
2) Trash the Candy
The problem with Easter treats is that, much like at Halloween, they linger. Let your family know you won’t be bringing any sweets back home. Or, if you feel guilty saying that, trash the sweets when you get back to you house. This is alright even for the kids. Don’t feel guilty about starting an Easter tradition that there is no Easter candy after the holiday. Everyone will be better off for it in the long run. One day of guiltless eating is better than three or four or five.
3) Think Pilates
Engage the core. That’s right: while you’re at dinner or while you’re washing dishes, pull that belly button to your spine and lift up on your kegel. It will be a harder exercise when your stomach if filled with food, and perhaps, trying to keep your stomach tight will prohibit you from going for that third serving of ham. It can’t hurt. This is a great exercise option to incorporate while you go for a walk too. Plus, you’ll be strengthening your core with minimal effort.
Keep in mind that it’s a holiday, and as much as we’d like to, most of us can’t and aren’t going to be perfect all the time. Just try not to let Easter extend into a week-long or month-long holiday. And try to be self aware. The more we start to think about our bodies, even on days we want to forget, the more likely we are to start to make permanent changes.