It’s Easter week and as far as food is concerned, it’s all about the chocolate.
Like many people, you may be concerned about how to survive Easter and the eggstravaganza that Easter has become.
There’s no escaping the chocolate avalanche – it is EVERYWHERE. The supermarkets are choc-a-bloc with the stuff. It’s on every shelf, in doorways, at aisle ends – tempting, luring, calling your name.
And even if you somehow managed to ignore the gazillion eggs expertly placed all OVER the supermarket, the best will in the world will find it difficult to resist the price promotions. 3 eggs for €5, 5 eggs for €5 – we go nuts…and race around the supermarket with trolley loads of the chocolatey loot.
It’s far from unusual that a single household, on Easter Sunday, will sport a whopping 20+ chocolate eggs.
Ah What The Heck
And with the arrival of this chocolatey day comes the “ah what the heck” pronouncements… “sure, I’ve already eaten half – I might as well finish the thing”. And this attitude continues long after the sun sets on Easter Sunday…see aforementioned 20+ eggs to be taken care of.
So how do we make it through Easter and ensure our hard work and good intentions don’t end up like Easter egg foil – scrunched up, discarded and tossed by the wayside?
How To Survive Easter
- Firstly, it’s Easter. Accept that even the most strong-willed person amongst us is going to indulge in a nibble or two. Have your bit of chocolate, mindfully consume it, enjoy it and DO NOT FEEL BAD or GUILTY for your little indulgence.
- Secondly, be smart about the egg you choose…all eggs are certainly not created equal. Pick a small Easter egg over a large one. And dark chocolate is a good option over white or milk chocolate.
- Eat regular, healthy meals over the Easter period to avoid overindulgence or grazing on chocolate.
- When you’ve had your bit of Easter egg, put the egg away…out of sight, out of mind.
- Drink 2 – 3 litres of water every day – I know, I know you’re sick of me banging on about water but if you’re going to splurge a little this weekend, it's so important to hydrate yourself properly. Drinking water can prevent overeating and help you to feel full quicker.
- Move your body – if you’re treating yourself this Easter, counteract the indulgence with movement. Get outside and go for a walk, run or cycle. Chase your kids around the garden. Grab a friend and hit a class. Or do a quick 20 minute Pepper HustleFit workout.
- This is one of my
favouritehow to survive Easter tips. There are other ways to spoil yourself other than chocolate – last Easter we opted not to buy our children Easter eggs. Before I get the mean mammy badge - yes they did have eggs from their grandparents, aunties, schools etc. We decided not to add to the pile of eggs and we went out for a lovely, relaxing Easter Sunday family lunch instead.
- If you’re doing an Easter egg hunt in the garden this year, think of other things to hide asides from chocolate…painted eggs, coins, seeds to grow flowers in spring, stickers, colours or bubbles all make exciting treasure for kids.
You Are Only Human
Lastly and most importantly, remember – you’re only human. If you overdo it or have a complete blow out…just take a big deep breath, pick yourself and move on. End of…do
Happy Easter Hustlers – enjoy the long weekend with your families.
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle
P.S. Have you any other practical suggestions for how to survive Easter? Please pop a comment below and share your ideas with your fellow Hustlers.