After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest “eating” day in America. Wings, pizza, beer, chips and dips, chili — you name it and you’ll probably be eating it. It’s not uncommon to get caught up in the excitement of the game, food, commercials or let’s be honest, the halftime show. With the right game plan you can have fun and retain that healthy lifestyle you’ve been working so hard to maintain. Remember these 3 tips to skip the belly bulging foods.
- Plan to win: Hosting a game day party at your house? Taking some goodies to a potluck? Don’t expect healthy options from everyone else in attendance. Whether you are in control or simply attending as a guest, a sure way to avoid caloric sabotage is by making healthier options a part of the spread. We recommend taking sliced veggies like carrots, cucumbers, celery and broccoli. You can use these high fiber and low calorie options to dive into dips that would otherwise be consumed with bread or salty chips.
- Start your day right: Anticipating a Super Bowl feast? Your first instinct may be to starve yourself until game time and that’s not a good idea. This would lead you to consume a larger volume of food at one time, which will not only leave you bloated but will take longer to digest. Maintain small portions by snacking between meals and drinking lots of water. Beer might be a requirement in some households but remember to start and end your Sunday with a warm glass of lemon water to help with digestion.
- During the game: Mingle, watch the game, and socialize! The worst thing you can do is hang out by the food or alcohol or sit for hours. By staying around these items you are more likely to keep grazing on calories you are not even aware you are having. Eliminate the temptation by watching the game, being attentive and mingling with other guests. Standing, walking around, and staying as active as you can will help reduce temptation and keep your body burning calories.
When in doubt think about how you will feel Monday morning at the office. There is nothing worse than feeling stuffed, bloated, and a little hungover. Stop this before it happens by preparing in advance and being mindful.
Wishing you a Sunday fun day no matter who you may be rooting for!