Easter is often a tricky time of the year, filled with chocolate temptations and hot cross buns a plenty.
It's especially hard when every supermarket aisle is full of sweet treats (making grocery shopping a challenging time too!).
So in order to stick to our low carb journey, it’s really important we have some good tips up our sleeve to get through this indulgent period.
Here are my top five Easter tips to get through the sweet storm!
We know the supermarkets are stockpiling their Easter buns and chocolate treats and placing them strategically so you see them (mostly right near the checkout). This can be super tempting, but there is a way to avoid it.
Firstly, try online shopping! It is a really effective way to prevent you from filling your trolley with all of the Easter temptations in the supermarket. It allows you to pre-plan your shopping list, eliminate anything in your trolley that is not low carb before you pay, and be less tempted because you're not physically there.
If you prefer to go into the supermarket then make sure you have a list prepared. If you’re going without one, you’ll be more likely to fill your shopping trolley with all of the temptations you see.
And remember, if you do most of your shopping on the outside isles where most of the fresh produce is, you’ll be less tempted to buy the sugary treats which are on the inside aisles.
Having said that, if there's one thing I want you to remember when it comes to the supermarket, it's don't go hungry, because if you’re hungry and craving you will buy every sugary treat in sight!!
My second tip is to simply convert the food into teaspoons of sugar. I find this really makes more impact to understand how that food is going to affect your body and blood sugar.
For example, if you were to look at the total carbohydrate in a medium hot cross bun, you would see it contains 45g of total carbohydrate.
4g of carbohydrate is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar going to go into your bloodstream. This means that a medium hot Cross bun contains 11 teaspoons of sugar!
The next tip is to focus on enjoying small quality amounts of Easter treats versus buying things in bulk.
Buy one small quality Easter egg or hot cross bun and enjoy it slowly, instead of buying bulk chocolate and buns that you’re simply going to eat until they're all gone, giving you way too much sugar in your body.
Most of us don’t have willpower (including me sometimes!), so don’t fool yourself into thinking if you buy bulk that you’re only going to eat a small amount, we all know that doesn’t work!
We don’t have to avoid these treats just be mindful to focus on quality not quantity. Enjoy and eat mindfully and you will be just as satisfied.
Another tip is to think outside the square of chocolate. We all want to indulge a little at Easter, but perhaps you could focus your shopping list on purchasing more low sugar indulgent foods.
Sugar free dark chocolate is a great low sugar treat. Even quality nuts, or dips with smoked salmon, olives, cheese and low carb crackers. We can still spoil ourselves and indulge over Easter without consuming any sugar.
Or why not plan a gourmet cooked breakfast on Easter Sunday like our Mediterranean Eggs with Chorizo? Or swap super high in sugar chocolate for quality 85% cocoa chocolate? Even a delicious roast with above ground roasted vegetables or a baked fish with salmon and a buttery sauce is a different way to indulge.
The options are endless! And we've done the heavy lifting for you with some of our low carb recipes.
My final tip is to be a bit more cerative with Easter gifting (if that's your thing). I find many of my clients get trapped by buying loads of sweet sugary gifts for family and friends which they end up nibbling on themselves.
Plan non-food gifts, like comfy pyjamas, a plant, a book or a cool mug. This means less tempting food in the house for you as well.
If I had a dollar for every person that bought loads of mini chocolate Easter eggs and ended up eating themselves and having to restock then I would be a millionaire!
So, we can see that if we tackle the supermarket better, plan our indulgences, organise non-food gifts, and be mindful about what we are eating, and enjoying quality versus quantity, we can stick to our low carb journey and still enjoy Easter.
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