Your common sense guide to surviving the Easter choc fest!

Welcome to your Easter survival guide. It is possible to spend quality time with your family and friends, and stick to your diet plan, without offending anyone.

Don’t stress about all of the food and drink that you’re going to be offered, just make yourself a simple plan. And remember that it’s not ‘game over’ if you stray from the plan a little bit.

I know most of us look forward to having a break from work. A few days off to relax, unwind, and catch up with loved ones. It’s a popular Aussie thing for families to go camping at Easter.

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Most kids excitedly look forward to the Easter Bunny’s arrival on Easter Sunday, scavenger hunts with their friends, and lots of Easter Eggs.

As we get older though, that excitement can sometimes morph into stress. Worry that temptation will get the better of you and all your good intentions will fly out the window.

Hey, I get it. We all love chocolate! So don’t worry, I’ve got some simple tips & tricks to share so you can enjoy your Easter chocolate without overindulging.

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If you’re entertaining guests this Easter, why not make some healthy treats from my Guilt-free Desserts & Snacks recipe book?

Take some home-made chocolates, bliss balls, or chocolate cake muffins to your social gatherings. No-one needs to know they’re healthier versions, unless you tell them!

With over 40 delicious, healthy recipes, you’ll find something to please everyone.

Some simple common sense strategies to survive the Easter choc fest

A box of home made, healthy chocolates

Plan, plan, plan!

Planning is the key to success and it’s always better than winging your way through on a hope and a prayer.
It doesn’t need to be complicated; just take a few minutes to think about how you would ideally like things to go.

Some questions to ask yourself when creating your plan:

  • Do you want to to eat any chocolate or hot cross buns? If so, how many and when?
  • Will you be buying and receiving Easter Eggs? Will you keep and eat any eggs you receive? If not, think about how you’ll dispose of them.
  • Are there any social situations you’ll need to deal with: family, friends, get togethers? To avoid hurting anyone’s feelings, read my TIPS FOR DEALING WITH SOCIAL SITUATIONS.

If things don’t go totally according to your plan, it’s okay, don’t beat yourself up about what you feel went wrong. Rather, give yourself a pat on the back for what you’re happy with, and move on.

A buttered hot cross bun on a plate

Know your weaknesses

If you really love chocolate, don’t try to not have any, unless you’re truly an ‘all or nothing’ person.

Telling yourself that you can’t have something usually ends in a binge session at some point down the track.

Moderation works well for most people, so allow yourself a certain amount and stick to that. A little bit of discipline feels a lot better than deprivation or bingeing.

Practice mindful eating

Decide on what and how much you are going to eat and then take your time to really, truly, enjoy it.

Give the food your full attention and chew slowly.

Be in the moment and savour the smell and taste without any distractions.

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assorted chocolate truffles

Make your own

A little bit of good quality dark chocolate is good for you, so why not make yourself some. You can use different moulds to make different shapes & sizes, and add your favourite nuts or dried fruit.

Make some as home-made Easter gifts. Try my HEALTHY CHOCOLATE RECIPE it’s really easy to make.

If you’re entertaining guests, or going to parties & BBQ’s, check out the recipes in my GUILT-FREE DESSERTS & SNACKS E-BOOK. No-one needs to know they’re healthier versions, unless you tell them.

As for Hot Cross Buns, there are loads of recipes around for healthier versions. Check out this post where I put together a list of MY FAVOURITE HEALTHY EASTER RECIPES from around the web.

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Stick with your regular exercise

Stick to your regular training schedule as much as you can, or re schedule where possible. Staying in the habit is a lot easier than trying to get back into it after a break.

Holidays are also a great time to take the opportunity to do something different like a walk, a hike or bike ride with the family.

Remember you always have a choice

If you really don’t want to eat chocolate at home, then don’t buy it or keep it in the house!

It’s okay to say no in social situations, and you can do it politely. Don’t feel obliged to eat something if you really don’t want to or if it doesn’t fit your eating plan.

If your host won’t take no for an answer, then simply ask for a doggy bag to take home, or have a small portion.

Don’t try to be perfect.¬†If things don’t go according to plan, remember that it’s not the end of the world.

Nobody’s perfect and slip-ups are normal. Forgive yourself and then carry on as normal.

I’ve got more STRATEGIES, DISTRACTIONS & TIPS for you here, if you need them.

My final, and maybe the most important Easter tip: eat good quality chocolate, and enjoy it.
A little bit is good for the soul!

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