April is known for its colorful transition into spring and for its deluge of Easter candy. With awareness and positive intentions around your health and sugar consumption, you can welcome the holiday (if you celebrate it) without a sugar hangover, weight gain, inflammation and regret.
With these five practical tips from WhyPowered Whole Health Coaching, you’ll be well-armed to avoid the pitfalls of candy over-indulgence:
1. Intentional procrastination
Delay purchasing candy until just a day or two prior to the holiday. When candy isn't readily available, your likelihood of indulging are much lower! (And don’t give-in to the day-after sales either!)
When you bring Easter ‘treats’ home, keep them stored out-of-sight in a difficult-to-access location until you’re ready to begin filling baskets. When food is in-sight, we’re much more drawn to it and likely to indulge on impulse especially when we are tired. After the holiday, store it or get it out of the house.
3. Intention-setting & reward
Set your limits about what and how much candy you will or won’t eat. Putting your intention in writing boosts your likelihood of following through. Sharing your intention with an accountability partner (i.e. coach, friend or family member) boosts likelihood sticking to it as well. Planning with your pre-frontal lobe helps override your impulsive primitive brain tendencies. Planning a non-food incentive for yourself for practicing moderation or for total abstention for candy indulgence can help, too.
4. Quality focus
If you don’t choose to abstain, consider focusing on quality instead. Say ‘no thank-you’ to mass-produced candy that is typically comprised of low-quality ingredients. Instead, plan for a high-quality, satisfying indulgence that you can savor in limited quantities. One high-quality chocolate bar will usually satisfy more than many low-quality candies and you’ll feel better (and maybe more adult-like) for it.
Be creative and celebrate in non-candy ways. Decorating hard-boiled eggs is a fun place to start; Focus on family and building other traditions.
My invitation to you
Take time to savor high-quality food and be fully present with all your senses and no distractions. Notice how satisfied you can be with less!
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
What I do: I help women become proactive caretakers of their well-being and reach their 'happy' weight. With coaching, they connect to their deepest reasons for change--their WhyPower-- for getting their health habits in balance; eating cleaner, exercising consistently and proactively managing stress. With strength training, they get fit faster, optimize their body composition and love the skin they're in!