Just like any other holiday, Easter has its tempting collection of candies that urge you to give up your diet and the hard work you’ve been doing at the gym all year. While you might think self-control is the best solution, the right way to stay on track is to not deny yourself the pleasure.
Every holiday should be fun, and having something tasty to eat makes it an even happier time. In fact, the highlight of most occasions is the special food that comes along with it, especially the desserts and sweets. One holiday with a specific focus on candy is Easter, during which children and adults alike munch away on chocolate bunnies, candy filled eggs and other themed sweets.
We are in no way against goodies and chocolate; who in their right mind is? Given the way most mass-produced candy available today is manufactured, we understand the threat it poses to our health, as well as the environmental impact which eventually affects our wellbeing.
They say that diet and exercise are the key to a healthier and happier lifestyle, but we beg to differ. How many times have you or someone you know taken the decision to exercise and eat better? We do it all the time. We take the decision, get a gym membership, go shopping for some fruits and veggies, and maybe even new gym clothes and gear, but as soon as a holiday comes up you lose all motivation.Why does this happen?
While diet and exercise are naturally essential, the key to a healthier and happier lifestyle is the right mindset. When you think of healthy food and exercise as a punishment and look forward to cheat days, cheat days will become the escape from punishment you’re counting the seconds to.
Who goes back to a prison after being released to freedom?No one. It is therefore crucial that we adopt a positive mindset regarding diet and exercise, and we have few tips on how you can do just that.
The reason behind why many of us look towards healthy food and physical exercise as a punishment, is that we have been programmed to believe that for them to be truly healthy and beneficial they shouldn’t be enjoyable. Even the people in those fitness videos always tell you to push for that painful burn. But why? What are we trying to achieve?
There’s no trick or secret, it’s simple: choose healthy food you like and every meal becomes a feast; pick an exercise you enjoy and every workout becomes fun. If you don’t enjoy lifting weights, go for a swim; if you don’t like broccoli, eat apples.
So what does all of this have to do with easter and candy? If you cut off candy and snacks completely and spend your days just resisting the urge to eat something sweet, you’re gonna call a “cheat day” the next time a holiday or occasion comes up and you’re gonna relapse and overindulge.
So instead of going cold turkey, find a healthier candy or snack that you enjoy eating, something that satisfies your sweet tooth, and incorporate it moderately into your healthy diet. This is Nuts is one of those companies that was created just for that, to manufacture healthier and better snack alternatives to promote a healthier and active lifestyle.
Sure, in principle their products are similar to what you might have eaten before, but the difference lies in the ingredients and preparations. For example, they dry-roast their nuts instead of using oils and fats, cutting the amounts of calories that the average portion of roasted nuts have while maintaining their natural content of nutrients. They also have a wide assortment of dried fruits and berries, which are a sweet yet healthy source of both essential vitamins and nutrients.
But it doesn’t stop there. They cracked the secret of chocolate. Anything becomes a candy when it’s covered in chocolate, so they took those same nuts and berries and dipped them in premium chocolate. Since berries are naturally sweet, there isn’t a big need for added sugar and additives.
While the media has programmed us to believe that it is okay to gain a little holiday weight and that you’re supposed to eat more and indulge without guilt or consequences, there’s a new holiday around every corner. Before you know it, the entire year has been a cheat day and you have spent it eating junk.
There is no day like today to take control of your own body, your own wellbeing, and your own mindset. This Easter, look for healthier candies and snacks made from natural ingredients. Don’t deceive yourself of the sweeter things in life, just find the candy that is right for you.