How To Have A Healthy Easter

3 Apr

If you’re trying to live a healthier life, or have children, Easter can be a stumbling block of dodging chocolate eggs and activities centred around unhealthy treats.

But it is possible to have a healthy Easter without missing out on any of the fun.

Here are some of my top suggestions for enjoying Easter in a healthy way:

  1. Ask loved ones not to buy chocolate eggs.  I do this myself with my daughter for a few reasons.  Firstly, if you allow one person to buy chocolate eggs for you or your children, it’s unfair to not allow other people to do the same.  And even in my relatively small family, this would mean between 10 and 20 chocolate eggs, which is a ridiculous amount.  Then there’s the fact that my daughter is only 13 months old, so couldn’t possibly eat all of those eggs… which would mean someone else would have to.  And even with my background, I’m not a saint; when tempting treats are in the house, everyone is more likely to eat them.  So borrow my tactic; I suggest that if people wish to get my daughter anything for Easter, they get her something other than chocolate eggs or even put some money in her bank account.  Presents aren’t necessary for Easter, of course, but some people like to get them… don’t deprive them of that pleasure, just ask that they focus on things other than chocolate.
  2. Emphasise the religious message of Easter.  Easter, like many other religious occasions, has become distanced from religion and closer to a commercial holiday.  You don’t have to be religious to share the religious message of Easter with your family.  Give your children the gift of understanding religions and cultures, through reading, talking and interaction.  If you usually buy your children chocolate eggs, how about getting them a children’s bible this year?  You can read the Easter story with them and then put on a play or make a story book about what you have all learnt.
  3. If you really can’t resist buying a chocolate egg (for yourself or a loved one), choose one that is made from organic, 70%+ cocoa as these are healthier.  Limit yourself (and your children) to one egg each, in age appropriate sizes.
  4. If you have an Easter egg hunt, try using fillable Easter eggs (just search for ‘fillable Easter eggs’ for a range of suppliers) which you can fill with trinkets, raisins, coins, and other things and then hide instead of chocolate eggs.
  5. Make fun the focus, instead of food.  Easter is a wonderful time to be crafty and have fun making things – from Easter bonnets to decorating eggs.  You could host an Easter-themed fancy dress party as well as the classic Easter egg hunt.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Easter has so much more to offer than a pile of chocolate eggs.  So put the treats to one side and throw yourself into a great day with your loved ones.

Happy Easter everyone!

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