Ahh Easter, my second favourite holiday behind Christmas.

As a chocolate lover myself, I’m not going to tell you not to each chocolate or to say no to hot cross buns. I’m not a fan of restricting or cutting out food groups and I never have been – especially not at Easter time!

The key is to keep it in check and not go overboard. You absolutely can enjoy Cadbury Crème eggs without eating the whole bag and it is possible to have a hot cross bun without going back for thirds – you just need to exercise your willpower. If you’re the kind of person who struggles to stop at one, here are my 5 top tips to enjoy your treats without the dreaded sugar coma.

Do not restrict

The more and more you deprive your body of the things you love, the more you will crave them. More often than not you’re going to crack one day and give into these cravings and probably end up eating far more of whatever you’ve been avoiding than you would have if you’d just let yourself indulge a little bit, which leads me to point 2…

Indulge mindfully

Instead of completely avoiding treats all together, if you desperately want some chocolate or a hot cross bun – have one! Make sure you really want it (i.e. you’re not just eating because you’re bored or because everyone else is) and savour it. The more you practice mindful indulgences, not just at Easter time but all the time, the better you will become at listening to your body and knowing when you have had enough. Your willpower is like a muscle, the more you exercise it the stronger it gets!

Go for quality over quantity

You are far better off spending more on a high quality chocolate treat or hot cross bun from a bakery than going bananas on a bunch of cheap Easter eggs or packets of supermarket HCB’s. The darker the chocolate (though I know that dark isn’t everyone’s favourite choccy choice) and the less ingredients the better. You could even take it a step further and…

Make a healthy version

There are so many delicious, healthy and nutritious versions of traditional Easter treats that taste just as good as the real thing, if not better. Getting in the kitchen is also a fun activity to do as a family or with your partner/friends. Try my healthy hot cross bun recipe here.

Keep up your training

If you don’t want to gain weight at this time of year, you need to accept that what goes in must be burnt off. Keeping this firmly planted top of mind not only means you keep up your workout routine during this period but could also be a timely reminder to not go too overboard with overindulgence of high calorie goodies. As you don’t want to spend hours working out to even up the ledger, select your training method carefully. A HIIT session is a great way to burn bulk calories in a short period of time. It’s my favourite workout to get the most bang for my buck.