The Big Game Doesn’t Have to Mean Big Waist

Terri’s View: Although Ed’s beloved Jets are not going to playing in the Superbowl this weekend, that doesn’t mean we won’t be going to some type of game-day festivity. This is one Sunday that is all about the food. It is so easy to trash the whole week’s efforts with an overindulgence of chicken wings and chips. So how do you make it through such an event without walking out calling foul?

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Terri’s View: Although Ed’s beloved Jets are not going to playing in the Superbowl this weekend, that doesn’t mean we won’t be going to some type of game-day festivity. This is one Sunday that is all about the food. It is so easy to trash the whole week’s efforts with an overindulgence of chicken wings and chips. So how do you make it through such an event without walking out calling foul?

First off, the game is on late in the day, so do not starve yourself thinking you will save calories. This will only make you ravenous and you will hit the nosh faster then the Jets are hitting the golf course (sorry, Hon!) Eat properly throughout the day and make sure to have a healthy snack before you go so you don’t eat the wrong things. One of my secrets is to chew gum and keep a pack with me at all times. I generally use that trick for dessert-time, but with the food just out, it’s a good tip for any time. You will be less likely to mindlessly snack with gum in your mouth. I also carry and nurse a bottled water that so I always have something in my hand.

Check out all the food before you just start eating and pick your faves. Chili is generally a good option, especially if made with turkey meat and brown rice. There is usually a veggie platter or make it your job to bring a healthy option so you know you will have something if there are no good choices.

Try to make the day about the game or socializing with friends (at least the ones that will peel themselves away from the big screen.) It is a tough day to get through, but with some willpower and allowing some small indulgences, you can make through without ruining your whole week – that is, depending on what team you’re rooting for!

Ed’s View: With the “Big Game” coming up this weekend, it’s amazing how much time and energy goes into the promotion of this event and how many shows try to associate this week to product placement.

You can watch any show that is leading up to the finale of the NFL season and be amazed at how much is geared at foods that are off the chart in calories. While it’s fun watching the game, the downside is the food. I know I’ve said in the past that you need to treat yourself every now and then, but if you think about it, you can make it healthier rather than a chip-fest.

If you are hosting a party on Sunday, try to think healthy. Make a batch of chili. Try using ground turkey instead of ground beef. If you must have a salty snack, use pretzels instead of potato chips. Need more crunch? Go for the veggie platter. While nothing goes better with chips, dip really can add calories and sodium. Try using the light ranch dressing if you must have some type of dip. I know everyone has heard this tip but it’s worth repeating, go with the smaller plate instead of the full size plate. You will see a full plate of food, but will eat less.

Reach for the salad instead of the buffalo wings with the blue cheese dressing. If you’re tempted by all the beer ads on the TV, limit yourself to one. While you may take in a few extra calories, you can still make better choices. This is all part of the steps to continue this lifestyle change that we want. But with the end of football we start to think about the crack of the bat and warmer weather. Just think of how great you will feel in shorts and a short sleeve shirt!

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...