Below is my latest guest blog for the University Health Network’s Wellness Centre! Click here to see the original post.
The long weekend is nearly upon us, and you know what that means – family feasts and Easter chocolates! It can be challenging to stay on track with your healthy eating habits when surrounded by good food and great company. Who can resist the temptation of Cadbury Mini Eggs and chocolate bunnies?!
Using these smart tips and tricks, you can still indulge a little over the long weekend and enjoy some of your favourite goodies without mindlessly eating your way through an entire chocolate bunny!
1. Plan ahead. If you are celebrating the long weekend with a family potluck, make something healthy and guilt-free. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same! It took some time, but my family has finally abandoned potato chips as a pre-meal snack and has switched to veggies and dip. Here are a few healthy recipe ideas you can try (simply click the photo to view):
2. Don’t fast and feast! I will fully admit that I have been guilty of this in the past, but I quickly realized that it really didn’t make me feel so great. Starving yourself the whole day so you can overeat at dinner will make you more likely to want to indulge in unhealthy foods. Fasting also slows down your metabolism. Try to eat light, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day prior to dinner time.
3. Use small plates and utensils. This will help limit the amount of food you take and how much you are able to put into your mouth. Chew slowly and mindfully, savouring and appreciating each wonderful bite! Eating slowly will also make you less likely to go up for seconds (it takes your brain about 20 minutes to register that you have eaten something).
4. Start healthy. When filling up your plate, start with the healthier items first. This will leave less room for the unhealthier options – but still enough room to allow you to have a small taste!
5. Eat to feel content, not fit-to-burst! When you start to feel full, stop! Don’t feel as though you need to consume the entire contents of your plate. Remember, there’s still dessert – which is the best part! ;)
6. Find excuses to be physically active. The weather forecast for this weekend is calling for cooler temperatures, but sunny skies! Gather some friends or family members together and go for a leisurely stroll after dinner. A post-dinner road hockey game or trip to the park is always a tradition in my family!
Eat Smart, Enjoy Life, and Be Well! xo