Easter is just around the corner, and the shops are filled with all sorts of beautiful indulgences with which to celebrate. Some of these beautiful indulgences can make us feel wonderful and happy and loved and those life enhancing feelings will stay with us for probably 10 days. Others we can treasure for life. So much to look forward to.
However, does that sound like your Easter treat? For most people, probably not. Why is that? What is your Easter treat? Is it a superficial and purely commercial shop bought Easter egg packaged to entice all ages and stamped with an absolute 100% guarantee of the sugar rushes that will leave you feeling rubbish for at least one day and hug your waistline like the most ardent lover for the next few weeks? Those sort of Easter treats can make even the healthiest of us feel sluggish, stuffed and with a horrible sticky taste in our mouths, no matter how many times we clean our teeth? What sort of “treat” is that!
With YOUtrition, it’s all about thinking differently. I cannot remember the last time I ate or was bought an Easter egg. I do however remember last Easter, the one before that and even further back because of the wonderful treats bought/made for me by my son.
I still have the beautiful handmade Easter cards, saying on not very straight lines (who cares!), “I love you mummy, Happy Easter”, and the Easter chicks made from cotton wool balls and dyed a frightening yellow. Later he progressed to shop bought cards, just as precious, with lovely verses he had obviously read in advance because they applied to our lives, often with photos of us and our dog stuck in – how utterly precious these still are. And then of course the beautiful daffodils. Always a bunch of sunshiny daffs on Easter Sunday.
Can you imagine how these true treats make me feel? I know the mummies among you will, and it would also take the most hardened sugar addict to also not be affected.
So, my message is clear. Ask your family in advance for something different this year. Guide them gently to the card shops, point out the glorious spring flowers everywhere and let them know that at this second (or maybe third, after Christmas and Mother’s Day), most commercial time of they year, that the things that would give you most joy are not the ones you put into your mouth and enjoy for 10 minutes then feel despondent about and regret for days later, but the pure joy of a homemade card or non-food gift or, for me my absolute favourite, a beautiful simple bunch of spring flowers.