Oh, Easter - that wonderful holiday that leaves you wondering what day it is (Sunday? Monday?) along with how on earth you’re going to go back to NOT eating chocolate every day of the week (and sometimes, for breakfast).
The sudden influx of chocolate-y goodness in your diet is understandable but in the long term, unwelcome, especially if you value healthy living.
And it’s no wonder we find it hard to suddenly stop - research has shown that sugar can be highly addictive with one brain imaging study showing that these foods can have a similar effect on our brain to substances like heroin and opium.
So if you’re struggling to curb the cravings, don’t worry, we’ve got your back, with our 4 tips for taming your tastebuds!
A chocolate flavoured coffee or tea is a fantastic, low calorie, low sugar way to get some chocolate into your system, without intensifying the cravings you might be having. Not only are coffee and tea packed full of their own health benefits (they can help prevent diabetes and protect from heart disease), they come in a huge variety of flavours.
Spice things up
Try adding some different spices into your usual coffee, tea, overnight oats or cereal. Spices can ‘trick’ your palate into believing you’re eating something sweet - you could try cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg!
Check your magnesium
If you’re a regular chocolate craver, it might be worth upping the magnesium in your diet, as this important nutrient is often the culprit responsible for chocolate cravings. You can add more of it into your diet with dark leafy green, fish or even a good old magnesium salt bath (go on, pamper yourself while you’re at it).
Go for the darker stuff
If you really need a hit, it can actually be better not to skip the chocolate. Instead of completely eliminating sugar, give yourself a couple of squares of dark chocolate each day to help satisfy those sweet cravings while you wean yourself off needing them.
The bottom line is that when it comes to eating better, it's all about starting small!