21-Day Challenge tips for Easter

In Health Works, we're about to embark on an Easter weekend that for many, is filled with treats.

FOX 2 has teamed up with St. John Providence Health System for a 21-Day Challenge that says we're not supposed to be eating high calorie, high sugar high fat foods. 

So how do we handle the holiday? 

"Easter is a special celebration and a feast day so i'm probably going to include some extra calories so what do I do,"

Be realistic, says Shannon Pearce a nurse and health coach at St. John Providence and really think about what you put on your plate.

If you're not a fan of ham don't take the obligatory serving choose your favorite foods and enjoy those more.  

Whether it's sweet or savory, whatever tempts you, here's a simple strategy think of the acronym STOP

The S  is for slow down. 

"Really savor and enjoy the food," said Pearce. "No guilt, this is why I'm eating."  

The T stands for thankfulness. 

"Give thanks, look around, what's happening in that room," she said. 

And the O tells you to observe others and yourself. 

"Observe that's an important one," Pearce said. "Am I hunched over, am I eating too fast." 

And P take a minute and pause.

"You pause and you realize am I pleasantly satisfied versus feeling over-stuffed and feeling too full," Pearce said.

If you do over indulge, look at is as not a failure but,  a learning experience. Look at who you were with, what you were feeling, and what the circumstances were, and learn from it. 

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