Here’s my quick Summer 2018/19 recap. Firstly, it was Christmas and subsequent days feasting on leftover cold meat (and cold beers). Then through a blur of carbs, sun and sleep in’s, I somehow managed to make some promises to myself in the form of a New Year’s resolution. In the short time it took to realise I had made a terrible mistake, I had somehow fallen into a time machine and boom, April!
Well that’s what it all felt like, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
We got busy in Q1, busy with our lives and hopefully our self-betterment and it’s pretty awesome that we’re now being rewarded with a gift of 10-days-off-for-3-days-leave. This is good. Also good, is my NYR’s are going reasonably well. I’m going to the gym 4-5 times per week, and limiting my intake of processed, sugar-laden carboliciousness. So here’s the hard part; it’s Easter and I love hot cross buns and chocolate.
Somehow when it’s thinner, rounder, shinier (and terrible value for money), it just seems to taste better. Is that some sort of childhood nostalgia-related release of dopamine happening here? Take me back to childhood Easter egg hunts please! Or maybe it’s the thrill of smashing a goofy-toothed bunny’s face in and eating its chocolate flesh. Isn’t that the most metal thing ever?
I’ll never know. But they have been on sale since basically Boxing Day, taunting us, and we can usually show some restraint because we’re good girls and boys and it’s not Easter…yet.
So what should we do now that it’s socially acceptable to fill our trolleys with Easter chocolate?
Still eat chocolate.
But eat less of it, and splash the cash on some of the fancy artisanal stuff instead. So ditch the supermarket chains and head over to your local chocolatier. Quality chocolate, with ethically sourced ingredients made by hard-working small business owners. For extra health points, reach for the 85% dark. It pairs better with red wine anyway.
Work it off.
So this probably isn’t the best health advice, so heed my warning here, but generally calories in/calories out makes basic sense when it comes to managing weight. Obviously, you’re not going to be able to fuel a 10k run or a 60min strength training session on Red Tulip Humpty Dumpty eggs, but you will want to get that out of your body before your pancreas starts turning it into love handles. Drinking more water will also help.
Yeah, there are some dairy/sugar/gluten free chocolate varieties and yeah, they are pretty darn delicious. But why do we have to eat chocolate at all? Autumn is one of the best seasons for fruit and vegetables in Australia and it’s just so perfect weather-wise this time of year to create some of our favourite cooler month desserts, like fruit pies and slices (with a sugar-free twist).
One final pro tip.
Stay away from the chocolate / caramel / rocky road / ice cream ‘mock’ cross buns. Those adulterated creations hurt me directly in the childhood. Keep the sugar wrapped in foil, please, and go for the original hot cross buns instead. For extra nostalgia-related dopamine, try lightly toasted with extra butter.