Published: Apr 06, 2012 12:45 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 06, 2012 1:18 PM EDT

With every holiday comes a festive new spin on food, merchandise,
clothing, and nearly everything else out there. Easter, of course, is
no different. For weeks now as we do our weekly grocery shopping we
have been forced to walk past a never ending range of Chocolate
Bunnies, Easter Eggs, and Peeps scattered all throughout the store.
Wink News Fitness Expert Mike Drumm is here today with his tips to
make your holiday healthy, and pay homage to an Easter essential, the
Incredible Edible Egg!

If you’re like most of us, you’ve bought “Easter Candy” for others
only to have eaten it yourself… Oops! ? Easter is one of those times
of year when time off work, social events, and plenty of delicious
food can lead to gaining a few extra pounds. Don’t deprive yourself,
but act in moderation.

CHOC-OHOLICS. A big culprit is Chocolate, it is high in sugar and fat
and low in essential nutrients. A diet that is high in sugar can lead
to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood
pressure) and obesity. Unlike other foods, when we consume sugar it
does not cause the release of the hormones that tell our body we have
had enough to eat hence why over indulgence is a big risk.  Be aware
of how much energy a Chocolate Easter egg contains and if you are
going to eat it then you will need to balance it out by burning it up.
For just a medium-sized bunny you’ll spend at least an hour of solid
exercise to burn off.

Do the Bunny Hop. Holidays aren’t an excuse not to exercise, you
should still try and be physically active everyday, including during
Easter break. When you’ve exercised, your more likely to make better
food choices and less likely to over indulge. A great workout tip is
to add some plyometrics to your routine. Plymoteric exercises focus on
fast, explosive movements, like jumping, and are awesome for getting
your heart rate up and working your muscles. Grab a box or settle
beside a step and perform a few sets jumping on and off. You’ll end up
working your legs and your backside! I also LOVE jump roping!

The Incredible Edible Egg
A simple dietary staple the rest of the year, this is the week when it
gets decorated with pastel dyes and glitter and gets hidden throughout
the house. For years, nutrition experts have claimed the egg to be a
great, affordable source of protein… one of the best things about eggs
is you don't have to shell out much money.
•       Eggs can cost as little as eight cents apiece—one of the least
expensive sources of protein around.
•       A typical whole egg contains only 75 calories and 6 grams of
protein, with only 5 grams of fat, the most complete and balanced for
humans of any protein source other than mother's milk.
•       It is one of the rare foods that contains vitamin D. While the human
body can produce vitamin D itself from exposure to sunlight, egg yolks
are one of the few dietary sources for the vitamin.
•       Eggs are filling. People who eat high-protein breakfasts like eggs
tend to be less hungry during the day. Egg eaters average 300 fewer
total calories than people who eat high-carb breakfasts like bagels.
•       Dietary cholesterol is not the same as blood cholesterol. The same
way that fat in olive oil is not the same fat that ends up in your
love handles, dietary cholesterol does not automatically raise your
blood cholesterol level.
•       American Heart Association has even recently allowed that one egg
per day is OK.

Easter Suggestion: Try Bubbles Instead. These soapy suds delight
everyone, young and old. Your children will have as much fun chasing
them as they have hunting for those elusive Easter eggs. Share
something sweet with a loved one, don’t sabotage their diet and hand
them a basket of candy. I'm not saying give up on the Easter bunny
altogether, just act in moderation and stay in control, you will feel
great for doing so.