Happy Healthy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to get together and enjoy some time relaxing.

Unfortunately, it’s also a great time to overeat and binge on candy and other junk foods.  If you’ve got a goal to be healthy and and lose or maintain your weight, Easter can be a real challenge.  How do you have a healthy Easter?

I’ve come up with 4 suggestions for a happy but healthy Easter holiday.

1.  Relax

First of all, remember that it’s just one day.  Focus on the fun and time spent with family and friends.  Do your best but remember that tomorrow you’ll be back to your normal routine.

2.  Be active

If you’ve got a family gathering to attend, pregame with a little exercise.  Exercise suppresses appetite and also can counteract any stress that you might feel at dealing with family members.  Let’s face it, not all family members are easy to deal with!

When you’re spending time with family, encourage some physical activity. Take it outside if weather permits, and toss a baseball, football or Frisbee.  Chase the littles around in a game of tag.  Fresh air and exercise is good for everyone!

3.  Load up on veggies

When it’s time to eat, go ahead and sample the deviled eggs but make sure a good part of your dinner plate is covered with green beans or broccoli.  Have a big salad before eating.  Treat the high-calorie foods like side dishes and the healthy low-cal fare the main entree.  Remember, portion control is key, not necessarily avoiding treats altogether.  If you’re not sure whether there will BE a healthy entree bring one yourself, to share.

4.  Remember the reason for the holiday

If you’re ever tempted to feel bad about yourself today because you overate or didn’t exercise or got irritated by your crazy uncle, remember why we’re celebrating today.

John 3:16-17  “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.”

The best part is that even if you were the ONLY human on Earth, God would still have sent His Son to suffer and die to save you.  Please spend some time in prayer today.  God loves you just the way you are, and wants you to have a happy, healthy Easter.  Even better, He wants you to have a happy, healthy day EVERY day!

I hope you have a peaceful, joyful Easter with those you love.  God bless you!

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