Ok, so who tends to get waves of anxiety leading up to Easter because of the potential calorie consumption with all the chocolate in sight? We all know that Easter is a perfect excuse to get your chocolate on, but how do we approach times like this without feeling nervous about our weight?
I can't remember the last time I felt anxious leading up to Easter, but I do remember how it felt when I used to worry about it. I would come up with all sorts of reasons why I shouldn't eat any chocolate; 'I am lactose intolerant', 'I can't have dairy', 'Eating chocolate gives me mucous'. I would try and trick myself into believing I can't eat chocolate, in hope to bypass a possible chocolate induced binge resulting in weight gain. (The funny thing is, I did have tummy issues that we thought were related to lactose or dairy products which interestingly enough disappeared once I allowed my body to heal from years of miss-treatment; negative mind-sets and bad eating habits). Usually the outcome of this approach was a closet binge - the worst kind.
Did you know that stress is more dangerous to your metabolism and digestive system then eating a bit of chocolate?
I think the trick is to enjoy Easter with boundaries that make you feel comfortable. If you want to hit up your chocolate fix all in one go and eat as much as you can - then go for it. Just make sure you don't feel guilty afterwards. That can bring on all sorts of bad habits (and remember you decide how much you eat or don't eat. You always have the power of choice, so make a decision and don't beat yourself up over it). Maybe you have a limit as to how much chocolate you want to eat. Either way, the best approach is a relaxed but confident demeanour. Know your limit and stick to it. But remember life is meant to be enjoyed. Being too strict on yourself can also cause bad habits to form later.
To be honest, I eat a little bit of chocolate almost everyday. That is because I am confident with my eating lifestyle - I eat healthy and love my food; a little chocolate is a little way to let food love me back!
Enjoy the Easter break girls - don't break a nail over counting calories. Have fun and be confident in making the right choices, best for you.
Love Heids Xx