Watching the Super Bowl is like a holiday for many people, especially when their favorite team is playing! The Super Bowl is especially difficult because it is the perfect situation for both mindless and emotional eating! The typical scene is you're sitting in front of the TV with an array of snacks around you for 4-5 hours. You're chatting and watching the game, cheering and celebrating or cursing and pacing around. You continuously snack on what's around you without even paying attention to how much you're having. You may also have a few drinks to accompany the snacks. Before you know it, you've consumed over 2,000 just in the span of a few hours (estimated intake of the average American during the Super Bowl is 2,400)!
Don't worry, we've put together some tips to help you stay mindful during the big game!
1. Eat like Tom Brady
We've all heard about Tom's somewhat restrictive diet. While we don't endorse eliminating all of the foods he has, we do like the way he approaches food. He looks at it as fuel for his body and attributes a lot of his success to how he takes care of himself. So think like Tom and make (mostly) choices that you know are you good for your body.
2. Fill a plate
When there is a buffet of snacks laid out in front of you, your tendency may be to skip the plate and just pick straight off the table. This can easily lead to overeating as you don't have any way to monitor how much you've eaten. Instead, use a small plate and fill it any time you want to grab some food. This forces you to have a visual of what and how much you're eating and will give you a way to monitor your intake.
4. Eat only when you are not talking
Make a rule that you will only take a bite when you are not in the middle of conversation- with your friend or the TV. This will force you to pay attention to the food and be more mindful.
5. Drink water!
It's common to have some alcoholic drinks during holidays, especially the Super Bowl, but the calories can really add up quickly! If you're drinking alcohol, alternate between an alcoholic drink and water. Try seltzer water with a lime or lemon in it so it feels like a special drink.
6. Set times to check in with yourself
Periodically ask yourself, am I hungry? If you're not, then try moving away from where the food is or fill your plate with something low in calories, like veggies in dip.
7. Make some healthy snacks!
Bringing a healthy snack to the party is a great way to set yourself up for success! At least you know there will be one thing there you can feel good about eating! Try one of our recipes below!