Easter is early this year and I have a new strategy for my meal. I can get downright outrageously at Easter dinner, ask any of my family members. In recent years my mother and I have gone to a very fancy restaurant and ate very fancy food until our dresses don’t fit anymore. Here are some of my favorite ideas to keep my Easter eating under control…well kind of……
Eat slowly and chew your food. This is a given right? HA! Wrong! This helps with gas, bloating, and heartburn. Not to mention it will give your brain enough time to get the signal that you’re full. I miss that signal sometime….here comes the too tight dress!
Eat the healthiest foods first. At the start of the meal, I recommend eating veggies then protein before carbs. This ensures filling up on nutrients before the foods with higher fat content. I find that when you follow this plan, you still get a good meal in but with less carbs.
Practice mindful eating. The best way to do that? Take your time. Put your fork down between bites, engage in conversation. Mindless eating often leads to eating too much, eating the wrong foods, or both. Since Easter and the delicious food that comes with it only come around once a year, try and take this time to appreciate the good food.
Keep portions small. I have the mindset where you try everything but don’t eat anything. That way I can last longer during the afternoon!
Don’t nap between dinner and dessert. Understandably, heartburn is more likely to occur on Easter than usual. It’s also a time when people like to take post-meal naps. Research has proven, however, that lying down worsens the pain of heartburn.
Quote for this week: May your Easter be as colorful as the eggs you find in your basket.
Have a great holiday.