Hey, hey, hey!!!
“The Big Week”, as they call it here in Greece, is upon us, which means Easter Sunday is just around the corner, or should I say….Easter Sunday BRUNCH is just around the corner!!!
For those of us who live in countries that celebrate Easter, we know that generally speaking most of these countries celebrate by having a huge food-fest on Easter Sunday. Greece is no exception, as far as I know, the Easter meal revolves around lamb! The dishes I have tried during Easter here are just exceptionally delicious and I am NOT planning to miss out on the celebration this Sunday!!! So here are a few tips on how I balance Easter Brunch…in a way I can enjoy the food, the fun, the celebration and not derail from my fitness goals!!
To be honest, in the past, before I learned how to eat in a Balanced way, I used to hate going to parties and events because I felt that I would arrive to the party looking amazing in a dress that would flatter my figure, but I would be starving…and I would try not to eat or make all the wrong choices of foods and just loose control and my body would feel terrible afterwards. TODAY, I wish I could just eat out all the time!! I find it easier to balance and control my portions when I’m out for dinner or at a party! It sounds weird, but at dinner parties there are so many more options to choose from than whatever I can make at home! Let me give you an example of what I mean:
A couple nights ago we did early Easter at my friend’s house because one our friends would not be in Greece for the Real Easter…so we did a little test run, lol!! Now, I have a huge sweet tooth…and I know I love the typical Greek Easter Desserts, so I knew before I even arrived to dinner that I wanted to eat dessert, thus I would have to balance my dinner plate in a way that I could eat my desserts without feeling like my belly was going to pop out. How exactly? Sweets = refined carbs and sugars; knowing this, I tried to avoid carbs in my other courses.
This didn’t mean I had to miss out on anything at all during dinner! I had for my main course a nice, big chunk of lamb without eating the fat, a lot of mixed greens salad, a big scoop of traditional greek salad, some boiled green vegetables (this is what I mean about having more options!), a small piece of Feta Cheese, and I served me a piece of bread but only had a few bites and a few bites of the potatoes the lamb came with. If you see my plate, it looks pretty full and it was very fulfilling! Veggies and salads are great investments because they are satisfying but extremely healthy and low calories, which is why I generally try to make sure to eat vegetables or a salad and then move on to proteins and whatever else.
Anyways, since I had basically salad and protein for dinner, I felt light and ready to eat dessert (Full Protein Dinner vs Full Carb Dessert). For Dessert I shared a piece of cake with my BF and I ate one small “tsoureki” stuffed with chocolate. Overall that night I also had one small glass of wine, I tried to enjoy a little bit of everything.
At the end of the meal everyone kept complaining of how much their bellies hurt and how much they had eaten and had a “food baby” belly, etc, etc, etc…..I honestly did not feel so bad, I was full but not painfully full; And I felt “light as a feather” when I woke up the next day, which to me, is my body telling me: “you did well Yoggi”…
Easter brunch doesn’t have to be stressful or wreck you and throw you off from your fitness goals, it’s all about BALANCE: “Choose your evil” – type of situation. I love desserts so I don’t mind skipping the carbs in my meal when I want to have some sweets!; If I were someone who went crazy for French fries and didn’t care about desserts, then I would go ahead and enjoy my fries with dinner and only have a few bites of dessert or skip it all together (this is pretty much how my BF is); if I loved both, then I would try to eat both but in moderation, a couple fries with dinner and a couple of bites of dessert; and if by any change there were way too many foods I would want to eat and didn’t manage to balance it, there are other meals and I could still balance the day out!
There you have it, that’s all I do when I go out to eat and at parties, balance my meal choices as best as I can: balance proteins with carbs, veggies with sweets and try not to have too many drinks. (FYI, I first read about it in the book “Naturally Thin” and have been practicing ever since….I think it works wonderfully!!)
This is how I dealt with pre-Easter and plan to deal the real Easter Sunday…How do you do Easter??
P.S: I took the picture below the morning after this dinner…what I want to hopefully show is that when even though I ate the things I liked and the things I was craving, because I ate in moderation and listened to my body when I woke up the next day I wasn’t bloated and my body still looked fine! Because I eat healthy and balanced almost all the time, I don’t have to deprive myself of eating any foods any time and still stay true to my Fitness Goals!