The long weekend is so close we can practically taste the Lindt bunnies and Baker’s Delight Hot Cross Buns. As excited as we are, we’re not all that keen on returning to work on Tuesday several kilograms heavier, tired and generally suffering the consequences of too much indulging.
We assume most of you are in the same boat so we’re bringing you the ten commandments to surviving a holiday weekend without extra kilos…
Thou shalt be forgiving
Swearing of the chocolate completely over Easter is not the way to go and feeling guilty about a little indulgence will get you no where. Stop being so tough and allow yourself to enjoy a bit of easter chocolate, just don’t go crazy. Instead of eating a whole bag of cheap easter eggs, buy one high-quality chocolate egg and let yourself enjoy it.
Thou shalt spoil myself
If you want to find a way to spoil yourself without food, try putting on a face mask, giving yourself a pedicure and manicure or just take time out to read your favourite magazine. With four days off work, you can afford to take some time out looking after yourself.
Thou shalt get moving
We certainly won’t be showing up to a 7am spin class on Sunday morning but we’re planning our weekend with exercise in mind. If you’re planning on a coffee date, why not meet somewhere and go for a long walk before coffee? If you’re going away for the break, enjoy long walks on the beach and plan activities like yoga, surfing, bike riding or even rock climbing.
Aim for at least a short walk every day and you’ll find you don’t only avoid gaining holiday weight but heading back to the office on Tuesday refreshed and revitalized.
Thou shalt make friends with salad
If you’re going to an Easter lunch that you know will be full of calorie-laden goodies, do the host and yourself a favour by bringing an all-mighty salad. Fill three quarters of your plate with salad and use the other quarter to taste what ever else is on offer.
Thou shalt make smart beverage choices
If you’re drinking over the break, avoid sugary cocktails and go for vodka, lime and soda water. It’s just as refreshing but with a fifth of the calorie count.
Thou shalt DIY
Instead of buying store-bought cakes, make your own. There are plenty of ways you can make your favourite treats with half the calories. Find recipes that use ingredient swaps like Butter for Applesauce, White Flour for Whole Wheat Flour and Sugar for Stevia.
Thou shalt embrace entrees
Main meals these days are often around three times what is considered a “serving size”. If you’re going out for dinner, look for entrees like salads and soups to full you up.
Thou shalt seek balance
If you’re going out for a big lunch, don’t book in for a dinner as well. Enjoy your brunch out then cook something clean and simply for dinner so your body has a chance to digest.
Thou shalt sleep
It’s easy to spend each day thinking it’s okay to stay up all night because you’re off work the next day but four night of that is going to leave you worse-for-wear come Tuesday. Make sure to get at least 6 hours sleep a night and try not to throw your body clock off too much.
Thou shalt take a break
If you have a particularly busy job, it can be tempting to use the four easter days to catch up while everyone is out of the office. If you have to go into work, make it just a couple of hours. You deserve the break and if you follow the rest of these tips, some time off will likely leave you revitalized and more productive on your return.
If you’re really trying to watch your weight this Easter, Taste.com.au have published this handy guide to demonstrate how much exercise we need to do to burn of various easter treats. Check it out…
Egg selection KJ Fat Exercise units
200g Easter Bunny 3740 50g 2 hours running
2 Caramello Eggs 500 6g 15 minutes rowing
1 Crème Egg 718 6g 45 minutes fast walking
100g Deluxe Bunny 2270 33g 2 cycle classes
3 mini eggs 560 7.5g 15 minutes skipping
Small hot cross bun (no butter) 600 2g 30 minutes swimming
Large hot cross bun (with butter) 1200 10g 30 minutes jogging
Choc chip hot cross bun 1100 9g 1 Zumba class
Enjoy your long weekend Pevonia people! And stay tuned to Facebook, we’ve got something exciting planned for the week following Easter.