Easter is often a time of overindulgence- four days off work, socialising, having fun and eating way too much chocolate.
I'm not here to make you feel bad for it, as four days isn't going to destroy all your progress, providing you get back on track pretty quick.
Here are some tips for getting back on it after Easter (or any period of indulgence):
• Don't wait to 'start on Monday'. After the bank holiday, this means you'll be waiting a whole week to start again. Then before you know it, four days becomes a week and a half. This will start to ruin your progress. If you haven't already, start eating healthy and exercising again today.
• If you're still in an abundance of eggs, give some away. A friend, neighbour, or even a food bank won't say no to an egg or two. Do the same with other Easter treats (hot cross buns, sweets, alcohol). Or get someone to hide them away for you to have another time. Out of sight, out of mind!
• Make a meal plan. Write down all your meals for the rest of the week- make sure they're healthy and nutritious. Make a shopping list of all the ingredients you need, and fill your fridge with healthy foods. You'll find it so much easier to eat healthy if you create a healthy space.
• Focus on the small changes. It's important to remember that getting back on track after overindulging is a process. Don't try to make too many changes all at once, as this can be overwhelming. Instead, focus on making small changes to your diet and lifestyle, and celebrate your progress along the way.
• Drink Water. Drinking water is a great way to help flush out your system and get back on track after overindulging. Aim to drink at least 2L of water a day, you can even try adding lemon or other fruit to your water to make it easier to drink.
•Lastly, relax. Don't punish yourself and feel ashamed for overindulging (who didn't?!). Just try to get back into a good routine as quickly as possible. Remember, these things are treats, they're not there to be eaten daily!
To summarise, getting back on track after overindulging at Easter is all about making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. By drinking water, getting moving, planning your meals, getting enough sleep, practicing mindful eating, and focusing on small changes, you can get back on track and feel your best. Remember, it's never too late to make healthy choices and prioritise your health and well-being.