The holiday has many traditions, including time for family, feasting and indulging in chocolate. Australians are estimated to be spending almost $200 million on Easter chocolate this year.

Some suggestions to help reduce the sugar load are:

  • Remind yourself of the equivalent exercise in kilojoules, one small milk chocolate bunny is the equivalent of one hour of treadmill running. Two solid Easter eggs provide 10% of your daily recommended intake
  • Restrict the hot cross buns to Friday, as per tradition , a traditional bun contains 600 kJ and a large chocolate chip bun contains over 1000 kJ, without butter.
  • Keep chocolate in the fridge, out of sight and chilled chocolate lasts longer in your mouth
  • Keep chocolate for dessert , not as a snack on a empty stomach
  • If you have an abundance of chocolate, don't leave it about your house to tempt you. Share with work colleagues and friends
  • Have your fridge stocked with healthy alternatives, try chocolate smoothies or fruit kebabs with chocolate sauce
  • Compensate for the increase intake by exercise, go to the beach, take a walk, get on your bike
  • Go for quality over quantity, enjoy the Easter feast with good food and a small quantity of good quality chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants.
  • Ask people to give you flowers instead of chocolate
  • Beware of constantly nibbling at chocolate, break a piece off and place the remainder out of reach
  • Eat a healthy, protein rich breakfast . For interesting ideas, look to for breakfast recipes and top tips
  • Watch what you drink, both alcohol and sugary drinks.

Britain has just announced a sugar tax on soft drinks. The levy on drinks with more than 5 grams of sugar per 100ml will be introduced in an attempt to reduce intake .

Australia is in the top 10 countries per capita consumption of soft drink. The Lancet Medical journal recently published data showing our consumption of sugary drinks may even be higher than that of the UK, at almost one can consumed per capita every day by every Australian.

One can of soft drink consumed daily has been estimated to lead to a 6.75kg weight gain in one year if no change is made to exercise. In the twelve months before October 2012, Australians bought 1.28 billion litres of sugar-sweetened drinks, with regular cola drinks being the most popular.


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