Easter is a wonderful time of year; it’s an opportunity to stop and enjoy some time with friends and family… and have a mini freak-out about that Easter weight gain.
Like all festive occasions, Easter is a very food-oriented celebration. Just one month after Christmas, the supermarket shelves are filled with an abundance of chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and various sugar-filled treats.
With so many tempting treats, it’s no wonder many people experience some Easter weight gain. But there’s a way to avoid having a complete blow-out. I’m talking about mindful eating, and this practice needn’t be confined to the festive seasons. When adopted as part of your daily routine, it can result in myriad health benefits.
So what does mindful eating actually mean? Clinical Psychologist, Kathryn Smith says, “Mindful eating is a very positive notion that encourages being present and enjoying the complete experience of eating, savouring the taste [and] the smell, and being grateful for the nourishment food provides our bodies.”
Here are three simple steps to start putting mindful eating into daily practice and forget that Easter weight gain altogether.
1. Respond to your body’s cues
Eat when you are hungry – not when you are tired, emotional or have a case of three-thirtyitis.
2. Sit down to eat
It sounds ridiculously simple, but sitting down to eat will encourage you to notice the food you are consuming, and help your body register that you have eaten. Eating on the run can cause us to forget we have eaten, which leads to unnecessary snacking.
3. Turn off your phone while eating
Eating without distraction will allow you to relax, and savour the tastes and the surrounding environment. You can go for one meal without checking your emails or social media.
Think of the downtime over Easter break as the perfect opportunity to practice mindful eating. Not only will it encourage you to acknowledge and appreciate the culinary delights on the table, it may prevent you from the aftermaths of a chocolate splurge.