Surviving the Super Bowl Party

Posted: January 28, 2013 by Justin M. Strawn in Encouragement
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Most Americans are going to spend this Sunday evening watching the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of either the 49ers or the Ravens, the Super Bowl is a part of Americana that many participate in. It’s also a time when a lot of Americans overindulge on junk food, and healthy eating habits fly out the window for at least one night. To make it even harder, many people watch the game at a friend’s house and a party is made of the event. So if you are trying to lose weight or are afraid that you might put on some extra pounds, what should you do? Here are some things that might help you

  • Find out what food will be there ahead of time. If you are hosting, you are in a position of power because you will provide the majority of the food. You can provide some healthy options if you are doing so, but I wouldn’t do just healthy stuff. If you do, some of your invited guests aren’t in the same frame of mind as you and may go elsewhere. If you are going somewhere else, ask the host if they could let you know what everyone is bringing. If you know what food will be there, you can plan ahead about what and how much you want to eat.
  • Use a small plate. It’s one of the most effective methods to controlling your eating. The smaller the plate, the less you can put on it. You will probably make fewer trips to the food table and your brain will think it is eating more.
  • Pay attention to the game. If you don’t really care about the game, or if you are only attending the party because you want to socialize with your friends, then you may be more tempted to graze the food table more than you like. If you are watching the  game and paying attention, you will be less inclined to eat just because the food is there. In a related note, pray that it is a good close game. Noting quite like boredom to make people eat for no real reason.
  • Listen to your body. If you start to feel like you aren’t hungry anymore, then stop eating. Don’t keep your plate around you. Throw it away and don’t go back again. It’s not always that easy, but it can be done!
  • Watch how mush you drink carefully. If you don’t drink alcohol, this won’t be a problem. If you do, sporting events seem to be a great excuse for  a lot of people to do way too much of it. There is very little redeeming qualities when it comes to your health when consuming alcohol, but it doesn’t mean you have to be completely free of it to stay healthy. One or two drinks won’t hurt too much. If you really want to avoid the temptation, volunteer to be the designated driver. That will ensure that you don’t drink too much to begin with.

A little bit of planning and forethought can meant that you have a fun time without consuming too much food at a Super Bowl party. You will feel a lot better the next day if you do! Have a great day ladies and gentlemen and may all your fitness dreams come true!

Justin

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