Easter Sunday marks the end of lent. Traditionally a religious practice, the period of 40 days fasting has over the years been adopted by many, regardless of religious beliefs. And with millions enrolled on slimming plans and endless books on all year round detox plans, sugar free recipes and 5:2 fasting diets, it would seem that self-denial has become an undeniably fashionable virtue.
But if our wellbeing and healthy weight comes from a balanced body, mind and spirit, what is the long-term outcome of self-denial when it comes to food?
Most weight loss diets are structured around deprivation and yet we are hard wired to experience pleasure and avoid pain, and so if your diet feels more like a form of punishment, it’s inevitable you will more then likely eventually cave in.
Many believe that if they have sufficient self-control they will succeed, however, self-control is like a muscle and the more we use it, the more tired it becomes, until eventually we are too tired to continue and so give in.
Have you ever noticed how the more we tell ourselves not to think about something, the more we do? When we suppress a thought, we then scan for the thought on a preconscious level in order to stop ourselves from thinking about it. Which is why it keeps popping up in our consciousness and we have to then keep repressing it. This is so exhausting that eventually we often simply give up.
Battling with yourself on a daily basis to not eat the foods that you love is only going to feel like a form of self-punishment. Try taking a more positive view to your weight loss journey and instead of a diet, see it as a way to create more positive long term healthful habits. Think about changes you can make to your everyday life and choices that will improve your life as a whole and not just help you to lose weight.
If you feel hungry, eat. Don’t deny yourself that basic and essential need and don’t view foods as good or bad, instead work with the mind and body connection and learn to listen to your unique body and you will find that it will tell you what foods make you feel good, which workouts are best for you, and eventually you will be more in tune with your own self-trust to make the best choices for you.
Treat your body with love and kindness and each day take steps towards creating the healthier and happier self you deserve.
Try these positive choices to help you retain control and feel balanced for an Eggcellent Easter weekend.
- Eat a nourishing breakfast full of healthy fats, protein and greens that will help to stabilise those blood sugar levels and make chocolate less appealing.
- Whip up some delicious treats in the kitchen that will satisfy that chocolate craving more naturally and without the high refined sugars that are likely to leave you wanting more. Try our top 3 Eggsellent Easter recipes.
- Keep active and make time for some outside activites. Not only will it give you less opportunity to dive into the easter eggs, but staying active and getting a good dose of fresh air will energise you more naturally and reduce those cravings.
- Choose quality over quantity. Cacao has many health benefits and so choosing a high % cacao dark or raw chocolate means you can delightfully indulge. And the intense chocolate taste from higher quality eggs and bars will satisfy that chocolate craving in half the quantity creating a balanced portion.
Written by Kate Swinson - Wellbeing Coach & Founder of MEvME