With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, it’s easy to be tempted by chocolate eggs and mouth-watering hot cross buns. But even if you’re watching what you eat, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the odd treat. Here are some ways you can stay healthy over Easter.
Like the saying goes – fail to plan, then plan to fail. Planning ahead can help you stay on track and ensure that you’re not at risk of a sugar blowout over the Easter break. While the recent social distancing measures and self-isolation recommendations may mean you’re no longer getting together with family and friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with those who live with you in your household. But, if you live alone, there are plenty of ways to stay virtually connected to loved ones via video calling apps such as Zoom and House Party, where you can video call up multiple people at once using your smart phone or computer. If you are planning an in-house breakfast, lunch or dinner, be sure to fill up on healthier alternatives such as fruit, salads, lean meats, nuts and high-fibre grains. By stocking your pantry and fridge with a variety of healthy, wholesome food, you can help ensure that you’re filling up on the good stuff.
ENJOY – BUT DON’T OVERINDULGE
Just because you’ve opted to stay healthy over Easter, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the odd treat. But the biggest challenge for most people, regardless of whether they have diabetes, is self-control. The best way to tackle the temptation to overindulge in chocolate treats is to limit yourself to a set amount over the Easter weekend. For example, try to stick to one hot cross bun on Good Friday, one dessert on Easter Saturday and one small chocolate egg on Easter Sunday.
Given the current situation with COVID-19 where people are advised to adopt ‘social distancing’ measures or self-isolate, there are a number of ways to stay physically active and still comply with official health recommendations. Staying active is not only a good way to stop the kilos from creeping on over the Easter period, but is also a good way to boost your immune system. Diabetes WA encourages people to continue with their usual exercise and aim for at least 30 minutes per day, either indoors or outdoors, where possible. If you are self-isolating and are restricted to exercising at home, you can use a stationary bike, work out with home weights or practise yoga in your living room. Another tip is to avoid too much sitting – where possible, try standing, which can burn up to 210kj an hour.
If you have any questions or concerns about your diabetes, speak to a credientialled diabetes educator via our Helpline on 1300 001 880 or get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org