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    Easter Candy – What To Do With It

    Mon, Apr 13, 2009

    Eating Better, Healthy Habits

    The age old question – what to do with too much Easter candy and chocolate. 

    Up until a few years ago it was customary for me to go on an easter egg and chocolate binge for a week, sometimes two.

    I remember one year getting sick – that rundown feeling you get when you are getting the flu – simply from eating almost nothing but chocolate for a week – or so.

    I was sooooo addicted.

    I contrast those days to now and can't believe how much easier it has gotten.

    A few changes that came so natural that I didn't even have to think about it…

    - far less candy for the kids. It wasn't negotiable. We got them one smallish bunny, enough for a pig out session but not enough to binge for a whole day or two or more, and gave them money. The are older so I thought that made it easier. But I realized that I could have been doing the same thing all along, maybe instead of money getting an easterish gift. They get chocolate from relatives as well so it isn't a huge deal, but it sure cut down on the excess around here.

    - we didn't buy anything until easter weekend. That meant no pre Easter hunt binging. In the past I've bought early, ate a lot of it and bought more. Does that make sense to you?

    - nothing for me. I used to buy myself a bunny or what ever. This year it didn't even cross my mind. In fact if it did, I didn't want to go there at all. Not only did I not find myself craving it, but I knew that I didn't want to suffer the consequences – the paunch and the added work and angst to work it off later. Not to mention the disappointment in myself. This year I'm not disappointed.

    - we stayed out of the bulk food store. That place is a mecca for Easter wonders – colours, candy of all kinds, eggstraviganza! My daughter used to ask to go there, we did last year and ended up with lots, even when I tried to keep it down from the sheer variety. This year she didn't ask, she has been making a good effort to eat healthier, maybe that's why. So I didn't volunteer. One giant step for a reduced sugar Easter weekend. 

    So this year I find ourselves without much extra to bake with. No coloured eggs of any kind. It's kind of bland, but I can make it up with fresh fruit and smoothies. It's a problem that I don't really mind having

    If you have some extras, read below and follow the link for some ideas about what you can do with them instead of having a heavy duty choclatefest for the coming days.

    I wrote this a few years ago when we had oodles of chocolate and Easter eggs every year.

    EASTER BUNNY BLUES 

    Easter can be a challenge for us chocoholics, I'm sure about 5lbs of the extra that I am carrying around is all easter bunny of Easter's past.

    This year I don't feel the desire to pig out on chocolate or candy.

    Not that I won't have "some", but it won't be a week long treat fest as it has been known to be around here.

    One reason is that I far prefer the feeling I get from "not" going overboard to the instant and far to fleeting satisfaction of eating what I know I shouldn't be (and that means too much, a little isn't going to hurt).

    The other reason is that I have a plan for what to do with the extras.

    You can read about how you can use up some of the extra easter eggs and bunnies

    Hint: It involves cookies. The good news is that you can make your own cookies and home baking to be a healthy snack, so go ahead and look :0)

    BTW, if you do go overboard, be sure to drink some extra water and go for an extra walk or two, it will help! Then get back to your healthy habits.

    DON'T eat more just because you already ate too much, it isn't logical :0)

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    From Jan Ferrante, the Queen of KAOS.

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