Easter can be a beautiful time to catch up with friends and family. It can also be a major sugar trap. Four days of Chocolate Eggs, Hot Cross Buns, more Chocolate Eggs…
Even certain Health Coaches who stayed true to their intentions and enjoyed their first alcohol-free Easter (and birthday!) in years, may still have found more sugar jumping into their mouths than necessary. Yes, I’m looking at you, dark-choc bunnies.
If Easter sugar binges have left you feeling ill, tired and cranky, you don’t have to stay that way for long, beautiful. Luckily there are 5 fast ways to get our sparkle back:
1. Nourishing Nosh
Remove the temptation to continue bingeing. If you have leftover chocolate, give it away or store it in the freezer. You can always pull it out again later and enjoy it in small pieces after you’ve given your body a little TLC.
Once you’ve cleared all the junk food away, head to your local farmers market or green grocer and stock up on fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables. Have some fun preparing simple, wholesome meals from scratch. Salads and Stir-fries are ready in minutes and are an easy way to fill your plate with vegetables the colours of the rainbow.
If you find that pesky sugar cravings persist, snack on fruit, or try roasting sweet vegetables like corn, carrots, beetroot, pumpkin or sweet potato. They’ll give you the sweet taste you crave, backed up with tons of sparkly vitamins and minerals.
2. Heavenly Hydration
Green juice is the fastest way to cleanse your bod and restore vitality after a sugar binge. Try a Rise & Shine Juice, Pineapple & Mint, or Monster Green Juice. Or get creative with other vegetable juices like an ABC Sparkle Juice or Orange, Lemon, Carrot & Ginger Zinger Juice.
Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day to flush out toxins, and replace your usual caffeine fixes with peppermint tea, hot water with fresh lemon, or the Good for Everything Tea.
3. Soulful Solitude
If your Easter break included lots of socialising or Easter egg hunts for the little ones, it can easily lead to feeling burnt out after the holiday. Slip away now for a little quiet time. Catch up on sleep, meditate, read, journal, or just gaze out of the nearest window and daydream.
Spending time alone is an important way to recharge our energy – one that often gets overlooked when we’re busy. Remember that you don’t have to be productive every second of the day. Sometimes – especially after busy periods – you need to give yourself permission to just be.
4. Magical Movement
Exercise is often the last thing we feel like doing after a long weekend but it does wonders for recovery and quickly returns us to normal energy levels and sleeping patterns.
Serious, sweat-inducing cardio works best, but even just a short walk in the fresh air and sunshine will help to cleanse the body, clear the mind, and boost our mood.
5. Revisit Resolutions
Easter arrived a little later this year which means we’re already a third of the way through 2014! This can be a great time to revisit those resolutions you made with a wishful heart back on January 1st. Do they still ring true for you or do they need a little tweaking? What would you still like to see, feel, experience or achieve by the end of this year? How can you make that happen?
Think about all areas of your life – career, spirituality, health, relationships. Does anything feel out of balance? If so, what can you do to improve those areas? What would you like the next 8 months to look and feel like?
Making a new game plan can get you excited about moving forwards with your goals again and in turn, reignite your sparkle. And we all love that.