Tailgating is not a crime!
🏈 🎉 Tailgating Is Not A Crime! 🏈 🎉
So here are my top tips for surviving gameday celebrations this football season!
1 - MAKE A PLAN (AGAIN)
Same as last week. Yup. While I do want to share a few tips and tricks, nothing is better at keeping you on track than planning ahead. My husband Rick likes to say - "Any excuse is a good excuse when you need an excuse." So, why give yourself one?
Again, don't overthink it, but set some goals and limits and you'll be good to go. Whether it's prepping a macro fitting snack or limiting yourself to a specific number of "beverages" - setting your limits BEFORE you go is key!
2 - KICK OFF WITH PROTEIN & FIBER
Before you even set foot in the tailgate crowd, get a small snack that contains protein and fiber. Fiber and protein maintain satiety levels and keep us satisfied so you'll be less tempted to overeat. Add to that reason, recent research has shown that eating protein before a heavily carbohydrate saturated meal lowers your post meal glucose. Lesson - consuming a protein snack before a meal or grazing the tailgate will help keep your body from raising blood sugar and subsequent insulin spike that causes sugar crashes subsequently making you hungry again.
3 - DON'T SKIP UP MEALS TO "SAVE ROOM"
This approach will inevitably back fire for two reasons. 1.) You over eat due to waiting too long. Then wait too long again to eat because you’re over full and the cycle repeats. 2.) If skipping meals is a common practice, over time metabolism is slowed.
4 - USE A PLATE
Not only is eating from a plate good manners, it also allows portion control and food tracking. Knowing what you're eating by portioning it onto a plate will help you keep track of what you ate and make you more aware of excess calories. Grazing and simply eating from the table does not allow you to process mentally what you've eaten easily and you can quickly get off track.
5 - MAN TO MAN COVERAGE
Ok, so "Beverage to Water coverage" technically. For every alcoholic beverage you have, match it with the same amount of water. This will slow down your intake and help you keep track of how much you are drinking. It also helps to keep you hydrated and hydration is key to preventing a hangover. Added benefit, staying hydrated will also decrease fluid retention (water weight gain) from increased sodium, carbohydrate, and alcohol intake during the tailgate.
6 - DROP THE PLATE AND PLAY
Take a break from the beverages and filling your plate at the tailgate table and go play! There's probably a football or two you can throw or even a cornhole set waiting to be used.
7 - HAVE FUN
Overall tailgating is about having a good time with friends and enjoying the game. Don't overthink it. Make the focus on good times and the game versus focusing on the food and beverages. Practice moderation - especially if you tailgate at every home game or you are a true fan and travel tailgate too!
One tailgate per month allow for indulgence. However, avoid indulging at every one. One meal, one day, one weekend doesn’t ruin everything, but get back on track the first meal or snack post-game and avoid waiting until Monday.
Enjoy cheering on your team this fall!!!
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