by Tara Zimliki
If you are in college or have an Easter break, why not exercise more while having these days off? If you are eating extra sweets, this will be a smart choice to make.
For weeks, maybe even months. you walked down the candy filled Easter aisle at your grocer and thought of how you could have a healthy Easter this year. Year after year the focus on candy has been endless and you would like to end this vicious, unhealthy cycle. But how can you turn candy filled eggs into something nutritious? And if you steer the holiday in a healthier direction, will the children be disappointed? These are all questions that most of us have contemplated. But there are ways you can turn the holiday to health without sacrificing fun! As a personal trainer and lover of health, I have several fitness tips for a healthy Easter, like these:
1. DECORATE AND REFOCUS
Fill your home with Easter decorations and celebrate the holiday by enjoying a healthy Easter this year. Refocus on the religious meaning of Easter. Even if you are not ultra-religious, you should at least understand the meaning and focus on a healthy Easter this year.
2. WAIT TO BUY YOUR SWEETS
If you are guilty of buying chocolate for baskets weeks in advance, only to find the basket in your stomach filled with this candy, you are not alone. Most people purchase at least 3 packages of candy before actually using the candy for a basket. Do not be a victim of overeating all the Easter chocolates and wait to buy your sweets. I prefer to wait until a few days before so I do not end up eating all the sweets.
3. Color Eggs
Hard boil and then color Easter eggs in all different pastels this year! If you color eggs you can get in touch with your creative side while deviating away from the candy focus. Store the hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator and as you get closer to the holiday, you can eat the whites of the hard boiled eggs to get some lean protein!
4. REGISTER FOR A RACE
There are many local Easter races held on that weekend or the weekend prior. These running events are great because this is a healthy way to enjoy the holiday weekend and this gets you away from the focus on chocolate!
5. USE MODERATION
I am not going to say you should not eat a single piece of chocolate on Easter because if this is your weakness, having this rule is unrealistic. Get real with yourself and set limits. Several pieces of candy will not break the scale, whereas several bags can break your healthy eating plan. So focus on life in moderation!
6. EXERCISE MORE
If you are in college or have an Easter break, why not exercise more while having these days off? If you are eating extra sweets, this will be a smart choice to make. Get more movement in and remember every little bit makes a big difference.
7. ENTERTAIN LIGHTLY
Instead of focusing on countless high fat appetizers, high carb sides and endless desserts, refocus on health. Why not entertain healthily this year with a veggie platter, lean meat, mashed cauliflower and a fruit bowl? If you restructure your life, you will not feel deprived. This is a whole new approach to living the healthy way. Are you ready to make these changes?
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