Your Super Bowl Game Plan for Healthy Eating


Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day forU.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia.

Develop a winning Super Bowl "food game plan" bythinking like a football player on the playing field, only, instead of theopposing team, your field is filled with food and refreshments.

Some winning strategies:

1. Have a game plan -

Plan a successful defense against food that isexcessive in fat and calories:

  • Equip yourself -- include some lower-caloriedrinks and munchies.
  • Position yourself away from heaping platters.
  • Go in knowing what you will eat. For example,choose to have the three choices you will enjoy the most. You don't have to eatsome of everything just because it's there.

2. Size up the opponent -

  • Eat food from a plate versus directly from a bagor box so you're not blindsided by the amount you're consuming.

3. Avoid penalties -

  • Avoid later weight penalties from too manycalories by choosing smaller portions.
  • Don't let anyone get a penalty for drinking anddriving. Remind your guests to have a designated driver and offer alcohol-freebeverages.

4. Keep yourself in the game -

Don't get taken out of the game because of foodpoisoning:

  • Follow the "two-hour rule." Eating perishablefood that have sat at room tempera­ture more than two hours is a big mistake.When food sits out for more than two hours, bacteria can easily mul­tiply andcause foodborne illness.

5. Keep advancing toward the goal line -

  • Pace yourself by alternating between higher andlower calorie foods.
  • Make a successful passing play by bypassing sec­ondsat the buffet table -- or take half as much the second time around.
  • Take an occasional time-out to put a halt in youreating.

6. Touchdown!

  • Plan an effective running strategy -- by-"pass"excessive food intakes and avoid penalties which keep you from moving towardthe goal line -- and you'll score a successful Super Bowl "Game Plan for HealthyEating."