Since December 26th, we have been exposed to Easter chocolates and hot cross buns with every shopping trip we make. Now with 1 week for the Easter weekend, the temptation to eat the gifted chocolates or buy the reduced hot cross buns is high. This Easter, try to look at Easter indulgences differently.
Here, Dietitian Tatiana shares her four intuitive eating practices to refrain from feelings of guilt and shame and help you have an Eggcellent Easter with your family and friends.
1. Reject the diet mindset
Why make this beautiful time with family and friends depressing with obsessing over not being able to eat the yummy pasta dish or mouth-watering dessert on the table? As our philosophy at Body Fusion is ‘the best diet is the one you don’t know you are on’, we encourage you to take this Easter weekend as a time to embrace healthy meals and foods that give you satisfaction and enjoyment.
2. Challenge the internal food police
We all have an internal voice that plays a role in what we choose to eat or not to eat. Saying no to something you want to enjoy over Easter sets a negative tone that you are doing something wrong if you give in. This Easter, try saying yes but with an informed choice!
3. Take nutrition gently
This Easter, try to focus on making food choices that honour your taste buds and make you feel good. You will not suddenly become unhealthy or gain 1kg from one snack, meal, or day of participating in Easter traditions. Remember it is not about being perfect but seeing progress over a period of time.
4. Discover the satisfaction factor
We often find ourselves eating just because we have to so that we can get through the day. We are overlooking the pleasure and satisfaction that can be experienced during every meal occasion. There might be various reasons for this, but if you eat what you really want to and in a welcoming environment, you should be pleasantly satisfied. Think about this over Easter!
If you struggle with intuitive eating, consider working with a dietitian who can provide personalized guidance and support. With their help, you can learn to enjoy your Easter and every meal healthy and balanced.
In summary, practising intuitive eating over Easter can help you enjoy the holiday without compromising your health or feeling guilty. By listening to your body’s hunger cues, enjoying your food mindfully, and respecting your fullness, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in holiday treats.
Have an Egg-cellent weekend!