whole neighborhood, temptation will lurk in every corner to knock you off your diet
game. With dips and chips, meats and sweets, Super Bowl Sunday could be a
complete fumble if you don’t go in with a game plan. Check out this tasty Superbowl Boneless
Wing recipe from Quest Nutrition as a healthy alternative on gameday. This is one of many
great ideas on how to offensively and defensively tackle the stumbling blocks on your way to a
healthy eating touchdown!
Before we get in to some of the strategies (and drop all the football puns since I’m
running out of ways to incorporate them), let’s remember one thing. Food is not our
enemy, and the world is not going to end if you have “bad food.” We just need to be
smart about how we incorporate those “bad foods” into our daily caloric intake.
First though, let’s make sure we have the best strategies in place pre-game to ensure
we don’t end up shaming ourselves come Monday morning.
Kick-off is at 5:30 on Sunday. Most parties will probably start
mid-afternoon, so that leaves you plenty of time to make smart choices before the
party. Make sure you eat both breakfast and lunch. High fiber foods like fruits and
vegetables mixed with a lean protein such as eggs or turkey will break down slowly
into your bloodstream and keep you feeling full. Not being ravenous at game-time
can keep you level headed and able to make better food choices.
Are you attending a potluck party? Bring a healthy alternative. Eating Well
Magazine offers a free download of eleven healthy and delicious Game Day snack
options that kick those boring “Bring Veggies and a Dip” suggestions to the curb.
Be active. Sure the purpose of a Super Bowl Party is to watch the big game, but
there is no rule in either playbook that says you have to sit for four hours straight to
watch the game. At commercial time, stand up and walk around. Help your
host/hostess by collecting some of the trash or empty plates and platters and bring
them in to the kitchen –not only will you be getting a few extra steps in, but you’ll
probably earn some appreciation points too! Regardless of the activity, get up and
get moving. Instead of watching the half-time show, why not play a game with the
kids, or suggest a quick game of catch in the yard, perhaps get a game of bags
started. Bags (or corn hole) can burn up to 180 calories in an hour … so if you
played for most of the halftime show, you could burn between 90 and 100 calories.
Keep Your Accountability in Check. Decide prior to the party how many calories
you are going to a lot yourself so you can still imbibe in your favorite foods without
giving yourself Monday Morning recrimination. Stay on task with great food
tracking apps like Fat Secret or My Fitness Pal. Redbook put together a fabulous list
of the ten best. Do you have a weight loss friend or partner to stay accountable
with? Have a competition amongst yourselves as to who takes the most steps (if you
have a fitness tracker) or who stays within their allotted calories, and check in with
them throughout game day.
Plan a workout on Monday morning. Even if it’s a ten-minute walk around the
neighborhood, getting back into that active mentality the following day will keep
you goal focused and put you in the right mindset for the beginning of the week. If
by chance your plans go a bit off the rails on Sunday night, getting right back on the
horse Monday morning keeps the offense moving towards the goal line (last pun!).
Not a lot of time to fit a work out in? Try a few of these moves to really feel that
abdominal burn –from WillPowerETS Online!