Balance is key to guilt free treats.
It’s nearly the Easter long weekend, which is basically the international holiday for all things chocolate.
Many people that struggle with their skin are convinced chocolate is the ultimate skin sin, so the leadup to this weekend can often fill them with dread at just thinking about all the fun foods they need to avoid.
We all know chocolate (particularly the white and milk kind) are high in calories, sugar and fat. Anything that tastes that good is bound to be bad for you right? It is, but not especially bad, or worse than any other kind of naughty treat such as a glazed donut, or greasy burger.
There’s also a lot of study that says that chocolate is rich in antioxidants. So what should you believe?
Well chocolate is made up of both the good and the bad stuff. There is a chemical in chocolate called theobromine which gives chocolate it’s “breakout” rep. Theobromine blocks the naturally found chemical adenosine in our body that turns off the stress receptors in our skin.
As a result, your body produces more inflammatory chemicals which causes your skin to breakout.
So how do you avoid the Easter bloat or breakout?
Moderation is key.
Have an Easter egg, just don’t eat the whole egg hunt. Also, try to pick chocolate with a higher cocao concentration. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of two flavonoids, catechin and procyanidin.
These chemicals act as antioxidants within the body and help to protect your cells from harmful free radicals and disease. See, not all chocolate is bad for you.
So what are some other tips and tricks to keeping your skin healthy this Easter long weekend.
1. Make sure to drink lots of water to help the digestion process and help alleviate the build-up of toxins in your body.
2. Eat and drink slowly. Being mindful and present when you’re eating is so important. If you really savour the glass of rosé at lunch you’re less likely to drink more of it.
Do not mindlessly eat the chocolate while you prepare for the Easter egg hunt. Save your treat for a quiet moment later on.
3. Walk it off. The biggest thing we notice is the influx of people in our clinic after any holiday saying they feel bloated and really unhealthy. It’s tempting to do nothing but lie on the couch for 4 days but you need to keep your system moving if you expect everything to work as normal.
We don’t expect you to make it to your usual 5am soul cycle class but take the break as an opportunity to try something new. Go on a bush walk with the family, build the veggie patch you’ve been putting off. And just remember any calories you burn off means more calories you can afford to splurge on. ….so make that 2 Easter eggs.