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Celebrating Easter and Easter Baskets Tips

Before you fill the traditional Easter basket for your children, think about
how you are setting them up for the weight loss struggles that you might be
battling. Chocolate bunnies, Peeps™ and candy eggs can add to the obesity habits of
children.

Did you know 1 out of every 3 children in America is over-weight and one out
of every five 4 year olds are obese? Do they need an excuse for more sugar?
Children learn by example, so no matter how you try to teach better food habits,
they will follow what you do. That means you have to lead by example.

Think before you use candy or deserts as the “treat”. “You can have desert
if you eat all your vegetables…” Do you hear the mixed message?

Reflect on your childhood. If you have struggled to lose weight in the past,
then chances are you heard those same mixed messages, which still have a
negative effect on your relationship with food. Why set up your children for the
same struggle?

What can you do to help your children during Easter? Keep in mind the 3
B’s:

Be Creative. Instead of a basket, get an appropriately sized
beach bucket with shovel and some sand toys for summer play. Add in crayons,
coloring book, card games, small toys, dried fruit snacks, raisins or trail mix.
If you don’t have the courage to say “no” to candy, then at least choose small
amounts or use sugar free candies.

Be Realistic. Holidays are prime times for retailers to push
sweets and junk that they want you to believe you must have. You don’t have to
buy what they push. Holidays have meaning, and it’s not found on the candy
aisle.

Be Future Minded. Think about the mixed messages with
sweets and junk that send children on the road to diabetes, heart disease and
other medical conditions, which are further compromised by obesity.

What can you do for yourself? As the adult who is making a serious effort to
lose weight and restore health (or maintain health) here’s 3 B’s to remind you
how to enjoy the Easter/Passover holiday without falling into old calorie
indulging traps.

Be Prepared. Have a healthy snack before you arrive at your
family or church gathering. This takes the edge off your appetite so you can
make sensible choices. This is also the time to keep a bar in your purse or
pocket in case dinner is served later than you expected.

Be Picky. Look over everything at the buffet or on the table
before making choices. If you are eating at a restaurant, ask the server to have
your food prepared without gravy or butter and request substitution of green
vegetables for potatoes. When eating with the family, make the same request of
the hostess. If you feel that you cannot ask, then do your best to adapt the
food or eat less of it without sparking a family drama.

Be People Centered (rather than food centered). This weekend
is about spiritual connections, family and celebration. Stay focused on the
reason that this time is special. Plan to spend twice as much time talking as
eating. As with any holiday overstuff on good conversation and you will “gain”
wonderful memories.

Want a healthy, lean and green recipe idea that’s suitable for holiday
dinner? Who says you have to eat ham at Easter? Leave the ham and butter for
Paula Deen, here’s a better option:

Mediterranean Style Tilapia & Spinach Salad

Fresh thin slices of Tilapia fish

1 can chunky tomato-garlic (or tomato-okra)

1 package fresh Baby Spinach

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pan sear for 5 minutes on each side on medium heat in Canola Oil or Soy
Margarine

Take Tilapia out of the pan and drain the oil.

Add in a can of chunky tomato-garlic (or tomato-okra) and stir around
skillet.

Put Tilapia back into pan with tomato and simmer for ten minutes at lower
heat.

During the slow cook, rinse Baby Spinach for salad.

Serve Tilapia with a small amount of flavorful tomatoes and a side salad of
Baby Spinach topped with a shake of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or no-cal vinegar/oil
dressing.

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