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How to eat yourself healthy this Easter

NowToLove logo NowToLove 13/04/2017 Now To Love

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd When someone says the word Easter, a few things come to mind...

1. A four-day long weekend (YES)

2. The opportunity to sleep in past 7am on said four-day long weekend

And one of the most talked about things come Good Friday?

3. CHOCOLATE. So much chocolate

While Easter is a time when many classify Lindt chocolate bunnies as a food group, a weekend of gorging on the sweet stuff can throw out your weight goals as fast as you can say Cadbury Creme eggs.

Whether your dream is to lose 5 kilos in two weeks or you just want to stay in tip-top shape for good health, these healthy Easter tips and tricks will keep you on your desired path - and they don't require ditching chocolate.

The dos and don'ts of healthy eating this Easter

  • Don’t think Easter is an excuse not to exercise. Get the whole family out and about for a brisk walk each day; it will speed up your metabolism and make you feel less hungry.

  • Do fill up on vegies including broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, red and green capsicum, spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, watercress and zucchini.

  • Do eat breakfast, plus two light meals and one main meal daily, as well as a treat, plus one chocolate fix.

  • Do drink at least six to eight large glasses of water a day.

  • Don’t add salt to your cooking. Use herbs, lemon juice or garlic instead.

  • Do eat when you feel like it, but don’t leave long gaps between meals… remember that the first sign of an impending fridge raid is a rumbling tummy.

  • Don’t overdo it and stay in control. It’s OK to treat yourself, but try to limit your intake of Easter goodies. Share any large Easter eggs with family or friends, or store them in an airtight container for later.

  • Do choose the healthier options like organic or dark chocolate, or the traditional hot-cross bun rather than a chocolate one.

If you're planning on changing your diet in any way, be sure to speak to your GP or a dietitian first.

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