5 Ways To Have A Healthy Easter, According To A Nutritionist

5 Ways To Have A Healthy Easter, According To A Nutritionist

by | Mar 26, 2018

Most of us associate Easter with letting go of our healthy routines and a long weekend full of indulgences! However, it is possible to enjoy Easter whilst also taking care of your body, mind and soul. Here are five ways to have a healthy Easter.

Start the day right

We all know that how we choose to start our day, especially food wise, can greatly impact the remainder of our day! Over Easter I encourage you to stick to your usual breakfast routine and make sure you include a source of protein at breakfast time. This will help to stabilise appetite, keep energy in check and reduce chocolate cravings during the day. Protein options include eggs, yoghurt, ricotta/cottage cheese, milk, nuts and seeds such as hemp, tofu/tempeh, salmon and hemp protein powder.

Practice moderation

It goes without saying – all foods are ok in moderation! Easter is the ideal time to put this into practice. Savour the chocolate and goodies you receive over the Easter period and make them part of your healthy balanced diet as opposed to the focus of your diet! Keep to your usual eating regime and add in a treat after dinner or as snack. Most importantly, let go of the belief that one treat will undo your hard work and you may as well write off the entire day.

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Move daily

Keeping up with exercise over Easter is important for keeping the mind clear and keeping energy levels up. Choose movement, which you enjoy and doesn’t seem like a chore. This will help encourage you to remain active. Planning social events around movement can be a great idea too, such as going for a beach walk before breakfast or hiking with a group of friends.

Eliminate guilt

At the same time as practicing moderation, I also encourage you to let go of guilt around food; guilt will only create further stress and can trigger an unhealthy relationship with food. This year feel confident that your body can handle a few treats over the Easter period and you and entitled to enjoyment from them.

Plan ahead

Public holidays often mean we don’t have access to our usual resources and need to plan ahead. To make sure you aren’t caught short and have to rely on foods which don’t make you feel your best, either plan some meals in advance of prioritise going to the shops and stocking the fridge with healthy ingredients. It can be as simple as visiting the farmer’s markets and stocking up or simply picking up a few items to snack on in-between catch-ups.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?