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Have a guilt free bank holiday!

25th March 2016

Easter weekend is here! Can we all just stop for a moment and do a collective booty dance. Yes it’s that wonderful time of the year again when it really feels like the countdown to summer is on. However with spring vibes in the air, a long weekend off work for most, as well as the obvious risk of chocolate being always in arms reach….. This inevitably brings DIET DANGERS.

Now there was a time, not too long ago, when I used to sit in a beer garden chugging my way through strawberry cider’s. My diet throughout the weekend would consist of eating the occasional bag of crisps from the bar. The only exercise I did was lifting my glass up to drink it or walking to and from the pubs!

Now I’m not saying stay in like a hermit either, you deserve a break and to have fun! But there are ways to keep on track with your diet and training, without having a 4 day blowout.

Here are some of my tips so you can still have a fabulous holiday AND keep on track with your diet and fitness goals.

Try them out this weekend!

Workout in the morning...

It’s good to be a bit spontaneous at times. Get your training out of the way in the morning then whatever the rest of the day brings, you know you’ve already smashed a workout.

Start your day off well…

You will probably have more time to get experimental in the kitchen. Give your body the fuel it needs in the morning. I love to start my day with healthy fats and protein. Try out my baked avocado recipe in the nutrition section of the blog!

Pack your snacks…

Back to tip number 1. If you’re free-styling your plans for the day, make sure you don’t get caught out with a spontaneous sinful snack, simply because you’re not prepared. Try taking with you some chopped veg, some berries, nuts, or even a couple of boiled eggs.

Get outdoors…

Spring has sprung, the birds are tweeting, it’s the perfect time to put your trainers on and go for a walk. Bring along a friend and make an afternoon of it.

Moderation is the key…

You might be saying to yourself now, I’m not going to eat chocolate or have any alcohol… Banning something completely though often creates a negative mindset. It can lead to the feeling of deprivation, then binging and finally, the horrible emotion of guilt. It’s so easy to get trapped in that unhealthy cycle. Try and mentally prepare for that bit of chocolate or the odd drink, just make sure the rest of the time you make healthy choices.

Plan for relaxation…

We all lead very busy lives. So it’s important for both your mental and physical wellbeing to, well, just chill the hell out! Try not working to a timescale for once. Be kind to yourself. Just stop, smile and breathe.

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