Big game weekend is finally upon us, and if you’re thinking about trying to be health-conscience throughout Super Sunday, you’ll need more than just luck. C’mon, this is a game where fans of one team are Cheeseheads, and the other team’s home stadium is Heinz Field. Freedom fries, any one?
My office is having a Superbowl party today. It will be complete with chili and hot dogs wrapped in bacon. I don’t anticipate too much greenery or other veggies to fall back on, but the good news is two-fold:
1) Since this is work, and I work an odd schedule, this is like breakfast AND I brought my lunch. I would like to try a few things that my coworkers brought in to share, but I want to be very selective with that.
2) There will be no beer. I guess that’s both good and bad.. but at least I don’t have to think about tracking that consumption too!
However, my friends and countrymen: this is but a dress rehearsal.
The big show is Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! I’m going to my cousin’s and her girlfriend’s house for a party. This has all the potential for some serious pitfalls..
So, here are some strategies I plan to employ to have the best outcomes:
1) Super light beer: Ugh. People, I’m an ale-drinker. I like the Newcastle, I like the Guinness, I like the Sammy Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. I like beers so dense you can stand a spoon straight up in it! But these things also like me, they like my waistline and show it by sticking around long after the bottles and bladders have been drained. So, this year, I succumb. I’ve had smart and amusing comments about light and ultra-light beer in the past, but I’m giving in.. I haven’t decided which one I will have yet, but it will be watery for sure. Oh well. I’ll adapt.
2) Eat at home: I’m planning to load up on something good and healthy and filling at home so as to not be starving when I get to the big show. This seems like a no-brainer. The last thing you want is to be hungry as hell in a sea of deliciousness.
3) Bring something: This is especially important if you’re not sure what your hosts are going to have, or if it’s a pot luck. If you bring something healthy and delicious, you’re not only contributing in a positive way, but you have something there to fall back on. You know the nutritional value of it, and you can load up your plate with whatever that is first and leave only a little room for a taste of this and a taste of that. This year, at the request of my hosts, I am bringing chicken wings (baked, not fried), but I am also bringing a variety of fresh veggies and a mexican dip made from Greek yogurt. That way, I know I have something great to snack on, and will make sure to reach for those before I reach for chips.
4) Slow it down: Chill. Out. This stuff isn’t going anywhere. It’s really helpful to take a good long look at everything available. After you’ve surveyed the options, you can plan out what’s really important to your tastebuds.And ya know what, you’re going to see it again in a few months at the Memorial Day BBQ your friends are already planting the seeds for.. Unless we’re talking about football-shaped cococrisp treats, then, maybe you can have one.
For most people, SuperBowl Sunday represents the first substantial challenge to their New Years resolutions (pesky things, I like intentions better), but the real key to success is moderation and planning. You can have a taste of something, but do your best to savor and appreciate it. Combined with regular efforts of increased physical activity, I believe you’re setting yourself up for success.
What do you find the most challenging about parties? How do you address those concerns? What are your tips or secrets for success?