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Eight steps to recovery from a Chocolate Binge

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Ok, so you went a little overboard on the chocolate this past weekend. Is your body feeling a little blah and worse for wear?

If your chocolate consumption this weekend exceeded your monthly pre-menstrual allocation, then read on – we’ve got eight steps to recover from your chocolate binge and get back on track with your healthy eating habits.

1. Ditch the guilt. 

There’s no point feeling guilty. You’re the master of your own mouth and you chose to put that whole Lindt bunny in there. Own your decision and move on. Don’t spend time feeling rubbish about your choices, especially if that leads to a further cycle of bingeing and poor eating. Nip it in the bud. It ends now.

2. Throw away the leftovers.

Yes. You heard me. Get the leftover chocolate, ice-cream, desserts, chips, soft drink and other unhelpful food in your kitchen and throw them in the bin. There’s nothing more empowering than this exercise. It will make you feel great. This food is either wasted in the bin or wasted on your bottom. I know where I’d rather it be.

3. Drink up.

Dehydration is a very common reason for feeling unnecessarily hungry and lethargic. After three or four days of high sugar intake, you’re going to finish meals tomorrow and probably for the rest of the week, thinking, “Hmmm, I could go something sweet now”. Don’t let chocolate after each meal become a bad habit that you’re still struggling with months later. Drink plenty of water to ensure you’re alert, able to concentrate and more in a position to say ‘no’ and kick the habit before it even takes over.

4. Don’t skip the carbs.

All that sugar you consumed over the weekend may have left you with large swings in your blood sugar levels. Although it seems like the logical thing to do, don’t start your week by cutting out the carbs. It’ll only make your sugar cravings worse.

Eating low GI or good quality sources of carbohydrate (oats, quinoa, sourdough, wholemeal pasta, sweet potato, etc), especially at breakfast and lunch, will ensure you’ve got plenty of energy to work, focus and be active during the day and not wanting to devour the section fundraiser chocolates because 3.30itis has bitten hard.

5. Have fruit at the ready.

Fruit is a fantastic, portable, healthy snack. It’s sweet but with the nutritious packaging of water, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. Grab a banana in the afternoon for a great pick-me-up or nibble on a punnet of berries after dinner for dessert.

6. Don’t detox.

The worst thing you can do after a chocolate binge is to then go and do the complete opposite and follow a restrictive detox, fast or cleanse. The best way to detox your body is to just ditch the processed foods. Stick to eating only fresh, whole vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. Drink water and herbal teas.

7. Plan some exercise.

Your body needs to move. The more you move the healthier it is. It doesn’t matter how you move, just find something you love and schedule it in for the week. There are heaps of great fitness facilities in Canberra from CrossFit to Zumba and everything in between. You’re bound to find something that you love.

8. Write a meal plan.

Plan some delicious, healthy meals for your lunches and dinner this week. Do your groceries and get organised. Stock your fridge and pantry with good quality, nourishing food. There’s nothing more motivational than being prepared.

If you’d like help with getting your sugar cravings under control, The Healthy Eating Hub has a team of nutritionists and dietitans at the ready.

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