By Molly K., B.S Kinesiology, Lifestyle Consultant, Coon Rapids
While holidays can be a joyous time to spend with family and loved ones and honor important traditions, they can also disrupt your routine and make it difficult to stick to plan. Easter and Lent are no exception, with brunches – check out: Livea Navigating Brunch, fish fries, and holiday candy on the shelves in stores and at home, this time of year can be challenging for those who are committed to losing weight. Here are some tips and tricks, as well as different ways of thinking about this holiday season, in order to help you stay on track with your goals.
This year, the observation of Lent begins on Wednesday, March 2nd and ends on Thursday, April 14. Traditionally, Lent is associated with giving up certain things as a sign of sacrifice and testing self-discipline (3). You may already be abstaining from these things while following your Livea plan, so it is an excellent time to add in some self-care activities! Volunteering, taking a break from social media, beginning a new healthy habit, or incorporating daily journaling, meditation, or prayer are all wonderful ways to honor this special time.
Fish Fry Fridays
Fish Fry Fridays are a Midwestern staple during this time of year. Whenever possible, seek out a healthier option instead of deep-fried fish, such as broiling, grilling, pan searing, or steaming. If not available, discarding the breading off of fried fish can still provide a great source of protein without the excess carbohydrates and added fat in the coating. Gravitate towards the vegetable sides served at these events and if not available, focus on the protein and treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious green salad either before or after the event. Choosing a refreshing squeeze of lemon rather than tartar sauce is also an excellent and flavorful way to enhance your meal and remain on plan.
If you’re abstaining from eating meat on Fridays this season, it is the perfect time to expand your protein options! Take this opportunity to try out different fish options that provide essential fatty acids as well as being a lean source of protein. Don’t forget you can include seafood or meatless options as well! Be sure to consult your Livea coach for more on-plan meatless options and recipes.
Egg dyeing is a fun and festive way to honor the Easter holiday. Hard boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and paired with a few servings of slice and serve vegetables make a perfect grab and go complete Fresh and Lean meal! 3 whole eggs provide one complete Lean-0 protein choice. Get creative decorating eggs as a fun family activity and keep them in the fridge all week long!
Organize an Easter egg hunt around your home, yard or even with the whole neighborhood as a playful way to work some activity into your day! Fill plastic eggs with stickers, small toys, or tokens as a substitute for candy and get your steps in by placing the eggs in creative locations. Make it into a game and have fun chasing your children around searching for the eggs!
Avoiding Candy Temptations
Easter baskets don’t have to necessarily contain candy (1). Play-doh, fidget spinners, activity books, stuffed animals, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk are all excellent ideas for an Easter basket kids are sure to love, all sugar free! If candy displays at stores, home, or work are a temptation for you, don’t make eye contact! Out of sight, out of mind! After all, isn’t Easter candy just the same candy that’s available all year long packaged differently? Stay strong and most importantly, make sure you always have a favorite Livea Meal on hand (Caramel Nut, anyone?) so that you can still enjoy a sweet treat while sticking to your program.
Spring is here!
Easter is a sure sign that spring has arrived (even if we know the weather does not always agree). Celebrate by experimenting with seasonal produce. Arugula, bok choy, mushrooms, kale, leeks, and sprouts are just a few of the in-season veggies in MN this time of year (2). Have fun with a new recipe or welcome in the warmer weather with a spring-inspired salad full of your favorites! Eating seasonally is an excellent way to add variety to your diet and to get the most nutrients out of what you are eating as your produce will be fresher, tastier, and more nutritious as it is picked and sold at peak ripeness.
Our days are getting longer, and the weather is growing warmer which means summer is just around the corner! Make the most of the next several weeks with these tips and tricks and by communicating with your Lifestyle Consultant in order to ensure you have all you need to spring into your best summer yet!