Case and point: You need to strengthen YOUR DEFENSE this season from contagiously unhealthy habits.
Here is my First-Down Run Down List of tips to stay healthy during football season:
1. Eat a balanced meal BEFORE the game: By eating before, you will satiate your hunger so that you won't be as tempted to graze on the junk foods offered during the actual game
2. Drink Water: In between bites, sip on water. Sometimes all it takes is a cleansed mouth to suppress the craving for more food.
3. Take a walking break: 3-4 hours of sitting is a long time for inactivity. At half time, go for a quick 15 minute walk so that you are refreshed for the second half of the game.
4. Sit down snacking: It is very easy to mindlessly "graze" every few minutes on small snacks when watching television. When you want to eat, put the food on a physical plate, and vow to only eat off of that plate for the rest of the game. When you have finished the food on the plate, throw the plate out. Wait at least 45 minutes before you get a new plate. This will decrease the likelihood of grabbing more handfuls of snacks subconsciously throughout the game.
5. Bring healthy dishes: If you are going to a party, bring healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetable platters to that if you are hungry, you will have nutritious options at hand to choose from. (Your friends will appreciate this too).
6. Socialize: By getting involved in conversations with friends, you will naturally be distracted away from the snack table.
7. Watch the drinks: Alcohol has calories too. A short list below shows how quickly calories from alcohol can add up if you are not careful:
1 (12 oz) beer = 150 kcals
1 (5 oz) glass of wine = 120 kcals
1 (1.5 oz) shot = 100 kcals
1 (3.5 oz) cocktail mix (alcohol not included): 300-500 kcals, depending on the mix
(Remember if you add the alcohol, it will add more calories)
* Keep in mind to always drink moderately for your safety. The National Institute of Health and USDA define drinking moderately is no more than two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women. Drinking too much alcohol overtime can seriously affect the liver, the heart, the kidney, and other organs in the body.
With these tips in mind, I hope you have a healthy, happy NFL season
........and GO EAGLES!! :)