Millions of Americans will be tuning into the Superbowl this Sunday night. Getting together with family and friends to celebrate special occasions is an important part of life. That being said, they can also derail our health goals pretty quickly. I’ve noticed this most vividly in the grocery store - it’s like they give us one month to focus on our health (January), and before the month is up, they’ve put out cupcakes for Mardi Gras, ribs, dips, and wings for Superbowl, and of course, unlimited amounts of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. After that, the “treat” aisle is pretty much packed with goodies until Christmas. Yikes!
If you want to enjoy the Superbowl (and February!), but still stay on track with your wellness goals, follow my easy tips below. (Or if you're like me, and don't even know who's playing in the final, save these for your next get together!)
1) Don’t show up hungry
All too often we want to “save our appetite” for a big party. We don’t eat all day, and then our blood sugar is so low that we eat everything in sight once we get there. This not only wreaks havoc on our metabolisms, leading to weight gain, but also causes us to feel pretty crappy within a few hours (or minutes) of bingeing. I recommend eating your regular, nutritious meals before the big shindig, and then showing up ready to enjoy without overindulging!
2) Bring your own healthy dish
There are so many options! If you bring your own healthy dish, you know you’ll have at least one good option to snack on, and you can introduce your friends and family to something new too. It doesn’t have to be boring, either. Try my Chipotle Chicken Bites, Fresh and Easy Homemade Salsa, or a veggie tray with either hummus or a Healthy Veggie Dip.
3) Curb the cocktails
This has always been my biggest challenge! Love me some vino. And mojitos. And fruity drinks with umbrellas. And… you get the point. Now I make sure to drink a glass of water for each drink I have, and I stick to the “healthier” options: clear liquors (vodka, gin, tequila) without sugary mixers, or wine. My husband is a lover of mojitos as well, so I decided to make them at home, so I could control the amount of sugar that went in. We only added a little bit, and they were still really great! You can get the recipe here. Another one you might enjoy is my Fresh and Fruity Vodka Soda!
4) Only eat what you REALLY enjoy
This is tied to the first point - if you don’t show up famished, you’ll be a lot more likely to enjoy in moderation. Rather than eating everything in sight, pick one or two of your favourite treats, and really enjoy them. Eat mindfully, enjoy the taste, and you may find that one or two is enough! Balance the veggie tray with the nanaimo bars (my favourite!) and you won’t end up feeling crappy and stuffed at the end of the night. Promise!
5) Get moving
I find that if I know I’m going to a party in the evening, I like to get my sweat on earlier in the day. I end up feeling better overall, as the party becomes just a part of my happy, healthy, balanced life, rather than a big deal and a source of unease, guilt, or “falling off the wagon.” There are so many ways to enjoy healthy, tasty options, and I'll be posting more recipes in the coming months! Be sure to check back for more!