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Tips for having a healthy Easter

Monique Bolland - Tuesday, April 03, 2012

With Easter coming up it can be easy to let your health slide as you're tempted by rows and rows of chocolate eggs. Here are some tips to beating the sugar cravings and having a healthier Easter.

Don't let sugar cravings get the better of you
Sugar cravings are usually caused by hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Your body is basically craving energy, and the fastest energy source is sugar. Keep your energy levels stable throughout the day by eating small, regular meals and the urge to reach for that Easter egg should be held at bay. Meals should have a balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat to help regulate the speed at which the sugars enter your blood stream.

Dark Chocolate - bitter is better
Chocolate is made up of cocoa, sugar, milk, cocoa butter, oils and flavourings. The raw ingredient, the cocoa bean, is full of anti-oxidants and actually pretty healthy. The darker the chocolate, the more bitter. This means a higher cocoa content; and less sugar, nasties and fillers.

Go organic
Organic chocolate (as with everything) tends to have far less ingredients and fewer of the flavours and preservatives that give commercial chocolate its long shelf life. It's more expensive than your average egg but try to go for quality, not quantity, this Easter – your body will thank you for it!

Try carob
For a healthy chocolate alternative, try carob eggs. Carob, like chocolate, is processed from the bean of a plant, dried, fermented, and ground into powder. It has a chocolaty taste and consistency but without the caffeine found in chocolate. Carob is naturally sweeter than cocoa so Easter eggs will contain less added sugar. It is also high in calcium and vitamins, and much lower in fat and calories than traditional chocolate. If you are looking for help with sustainable weight loss, or to embark on a detox program, or just for some general personalized nutritional guidelines, come and see one of our naturopaths who can tailor a program to suit you lifestyle and expectations.

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