Easter Eating

Last year at Easter I ate myself sick. Literally. On Friday, Saturday, and Easter Monday I went crazy on cookies, candy, and breads, but Easter itself truly took the cake (no pun intended!) as we went from one relative’s house to another and I overate at both. By the time we came home, I was literally lying on the bed in pain from eating so much, yet I still jumped up to try the marzipan sugar bunny that had been sitting on the counter all weekend. And ended up eating half of it. WHO DOES THAT?

Moreover, right before Easter I was in the best shape of my life (that’s when I took the picture set I just posted, here). Afterwards I totally gained weight. I could tell in my legs especially. It took me about a week and a half to get back to normal. Not the end of the world, but a total waste. Especially considering it wasn’t even for a good cause.

This year my goal was pretty simple: don’t eat until I feel sick. Just don’t do it. To make it easier for myself, I just gave myself three simple rules to follow:

  1. No starchy foods. I don’t like ‘em and usually don’t eat ‘em, but they’re around at the holidays so often I end up eating them for convenience/politeness (ie lasagna, tortellini, breads, pizza, etc) but this time I decided I just wouldn’t.
  2. No candy. Again, don’t genuinely like it.
  3. As much dessert as I want—as long as I REALLY want it.

Basically, this boiled down to: eat whatever I want as long as I actually like it. Don’t eat foods that trigger a binge, make me feel sick, or that I don’t even like (these categories almost always overlap for me!) Guess what—it was easy! Here’s what I ate on Easter:

Breakfast: 

  • Finished off the pumpkin bread
  • Plus zucchini bread
  • Greek yogurt with frozen mango and berries

– House #1

  • Cucumber/red pepper/yellow pepper/tomato/onion salad (x2—so good!)
  • Corn and black bean salad (a little bit)
  • Strawberry/pineapple/cantaloupe fruit salad
  • A few bites of cheesecake and some pudding thing (didn’t really like it)
  • ThinkThin protein bar (because I was legitimately hungry!)

House #2 – Nothing! I was open to more desserts at house #2 but there was nothing I was really feeling so I opted out.

Dinner:

  • Salad with salmon, spinach, carrots, red onion, feta cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar
  • Prune bread
By the time we got home I was STARVING—exact opposite from last year—and ready for a dinner full of protein and fat since I’d barely had anything all day. So I made a salad with leftover salmon which was SO good. Then finished it off with prune bread 🙂 Didn’t really NEED the prune bread, but hell, it’s Easter!

As far as Friday and Saturday went, I ate normally besides finishing off almost 2 loaves of pumpkin bread by myself, some zucchini bread Saturday too, and 2 sugar cookies Saturday. But I don’t regret that at all!! I LOVE pumpkin bread, it’s my favorite food and I only have it a couple times a year and look forward to it for weeks in advance. I don’t regret eating large quantities of foods I LOVE, I just regret eating foods I didn’t even want, need, or like. And this Easter I’m pleased to report that did not happen at all!

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