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3 Easy Tips To Get Back On Track After Easter

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Written by Taneille Martin
Eat Run Lift's PCOS Training Specialist

Easter, four days of sugar. Whilst most people have a lovely time catching up with friends and family often we are left feeling ill, tired and cranky, after our four day sugar binge. The good news is you don’t have to stay that way for long.

It is important to remember that your body will be craving sugar, so you need to stay focused, with the three easy tips below you should be more then capable of kicking those cravings to the curb in no time.

The first step:
Remove any further temptation from your home.
Give it away or store it in the very back of your cupboard for a later date.
Once your fridge is free of those sugary treats, head to the local fruit and veg store to replace them with fresh local produce. This will to help restore and replenish your body. try to avoid those starchy items that tend to make us feel bloated and heavy.

Secondly:
Hydrate!
Your body may be craving sugar because it is dehydrated. Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day to flush out toxins, and replace your usual caffeine fixes with peppermint tea. Also a sneaky tip might be to add lemon to your water for the first few days, the taste might help with the sugar cravings and lemon water helps hydrate the body faster.

Third Tip:
Exercise.
Get yourself back into a routine, if you are a regular gym goer do not waste any time! Get yourself back into that positive fitness environment and back into your program. Even take up one or two new HIIT sessions (Group classes are always a good idea).
If you are not associated to any fitness group, member at a gym or have a personal trainer now might be the best time to start.
Getting yourself a Personal trainer or a new gym buddy can help introduce you into the fitness world, it is also a great way to help keep you motivated, accountable and keep things enjoyable.

Exercise is not a punishment (even after your four day sugar binge) it’s a test of your mental strength and will power to say, "I no longer want to feel tired, unhealthy and irritable."


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Food

Recipe: Twix Bites

This is my second attempt at making these guys and they finally turned out the way I wanted! I managed to eat one this morning, because I know that by tonight Beau will have probably stolen all of them haha. Such a good little treat.


Makes 12 servings
(per 1) Carbs 44g / Fat 18g / Protein 4g / Calories 337


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour (I guess any flour will do if you *must* but I find this one works best)
  • 20 pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 block of dark chocolate (over 70%)

Method

  1. In a food processor, or blender if you're game take the macadamias and process them until they are ground up, then add the coconut nectar, vanilla bean paste and tapioca flour and process for a minute or so longer.
  2. Take an ice cube tray and scoop out the mix to fill up 3/4 of each tray segment, then pop this into the freezer for an hour.
  3. Next throw the dates in the food processor with the almond butter and water, this works best if you've already cut the dates in half. Process until smooth.
  4. Remove the bites from the freezer and fill up the rest of the tray segments (on top of the base) with the 'caramel' layer. Place back in the freezer for an hour.
  5. Melt some dark chocolate in a bowl whatever way works best for you. I like to heat a metal bowl over a pot on the stove and stir it around until it's melted.
  6. Once the chocolate is melted remove the bites from the freezer. To take them out of the tray it's easiest if you run a knife along the edges to separate them and then 'stab' them with a fork so that you can hold onto them without actually touching them with your hands.
  7. With the bite on the fork quickly dip each side into the melted chocolate and then place it onto a plate. Repeat for all the bites.
  8. Place them in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours. Best served very cold.

Food

Recipe: Skinny Chocolate Mousse

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The thing I love about single-serve desserts is that there's no leftovers! No sneaky trips to the fridge to just "have a little more", and even better, this lil baby is pretty much guilt free and is totally vegan! Normally chocolate mousse is filled with dark chocolate, eggs and thickened cream… none of that in this one.


Makes 2 servings
(per 1) Carbs 35.6g / Fat 12.9g / Protein 4.7g / Calories 257.5

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium, ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa if you dislike cacao)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (you can find this in health food shops usually)

Method

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and blend (handheld electric egg beater works perfectly) them together until the mixture is of a very smooth consistency
2. Spoon into serving glass and refrigerate for about an hour before serving

* Some toppings you could throw on are coconut flakes, strawberries, cherries, or some crushed pistachios.

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