Supermarket shelves are stocked once again for the annual indulgence of the Caribbean tradition of bun and cheese during Easter.
Clients on weight-loss programs are usually especially challenged to practice moderation with this delicious, spicy bun. The tradition of bun and cheese at Easter originates in Jamaica and may be derived from the English tradition of Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday.
I decided not to try and calculate the calories, sugar, and fat for this special Easter treat. Simply practicing moderation and control is a good recommendation, and this large, wholesome, dense, fruit-filled bun is often difficult to resist, whether served with hot tea or a chunk of “red cheese” which comes in a tin. This “tinned cheese” is a pasteurized, processed cheese with a salty and cheddar taste that complements the bun, and it is claimed that this is a match made in heaven. Well, let’s not eat too much bun and cheese or we may be knocking on heaven’s door earlier than planned. Cheese is saturated fat, not to be overindulged in.
For the many people in Cayman with diabetes, too much bun can be health threatening. Enjoy, in moderation, bun and cheese as part of Easter celebration. However, if you find yourself unable to resist extra slices and chunks of bun and cheese, share it with others, especially those less fortunate – another part of the tradition.
After Easter, let’s look forward to reducing a size down before the heat of summer.
Many people honored the season of Lent by ceasing certain habits and indulgences, whether alcohol, smoking, certain foods, or other habits that they wish to “die to” or control.
Easter and spring herald a time of tilling ground and planting seed. As it is with gardens and orchards, so can it be within our own lives. Easter 2014 can be a time to symbolically pull out weeds that choke off a joyful and healthy existence and plant new seeds that bring forth a dynamic, creative and healthy life.
Weeds that need pulling include negative and victimized thinking, low self-worth, addiction to substances, harmful relationships, unhealthy work schedules, a complaining and ungrateful attitude, procrastination, selfishness and thinking of failure. Healthy seeds to be planted include self-care through healthy eating, regular activity, adequate rest, a peaceful and orderly home, a productive and positive attitude for work, occasional solitude, moderation in all things, and restoration of balance every day.
This Easter, a time of renewal and reflection, take an opportunity to exam yourself and your life. Get rid of the weeds and become more generous to others and yourself. We do this through awareness, honesty, and kindness, and this makes for a healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle.
Donna Mitchell is a lifestyle consultant specializing in weight management and self-help. She can be contacted on [email protected]