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Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS - Melissa Meier, Healthy Food Guide Ac­cred­ited Prac­tis­ing Di­eti­tian

How do I get through Easter without suc­cumb­ing to a choc coma?

Q I feel like I am sur­rounded by cho­co­late at this time of year, and I find it hard to strike a healthy bal­ance. How do I get through Easter without a cho­co­late coma? Joel D, via email

We agree — it can be hard to avoid cho­co­late at this time of year, but try not to be too hard on your­self. En­joy­ing treats now and again in mod­er­a­tion is per­fectly healthy as part of a bal­anced diet. So, there’s no need to ban the Easter bunny!

But if you find it hard to stop af­ter a cou­ple of small eggs, we’ve got five use­ful tips to help you beat the cho­co­late coma:

1 Buy in­di­vid­u­ally por­tioned treats with less than 600kJ per serve in­stead of bot­tom­less bags of eggs or jumbo-sized bun­nies.

2 Hatch a plan to avoid go­ing over­board. Ask your­self if you would rather en­joy your treats for morn­ing tea, as an af­ter­noon snack, or for dessert — rather than opt­ing for all three!

3 Choose qual­ity dark cho­co­late in­stead of cheap com­pound cho­co­late. A lit­tle goes a long way!

4 Aim to be mind­ful when eat­ing treats dur­ing Easter or just af­ter. Do you re­ally feel like it, or are you only eat­ing be­cause it’s left over or of­fered? Per­haps you’re just bored or stressed, and a desk break will do the trick.

5 Be­fore div­ing into the box of choco­lates, make sure you’ve had a healthy meal or snack first. It will help you avoid eat­ing a whole bunny — rather than just an ear!

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