Our Guide to Surviving Football Season
Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Football season is in full swing. For many of us, that means Saturdays spent tailgating with friends, eating all the snacks, and drinking whatever beverage is in the nearest cooler. Others might find themselves cheering on their favorite team from the TV at a friend’s house or a bar. Regardless of where you choose to root your home team to victory, your health and wellness goals don’t have to take the bench. Here are some tips that help us get through the day without a fumble...
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Keeping a bottle or glass of water handy on your nightstand serves as a great reminder to drink your H20 first thing. This kickstarts digestion and rehydrates the body after a good night’s sleep. Hydrating before, during, and after gameday is a must, especially if you spend the day drinking in the sun.
It can be hard to resist the urge to “pre-game” the pre-game. Loading up on mimosas before a full day of eating and drinking sounds like fun in the moment, but we think it’s important to stay as hydrated as possible. Plus, you’ll probably avoid some major party fouls later on in the day if you stick to water before the tailgate.
Eat something before you go.
We tend to “save our appetites” when we know we are going to be eating and drinking all day. This is not a game-winning move. Showing up to a tailgate or football party hungry means you are more likely to eat out of deprivation and less likely to eat for enjoyment. We recommend filling up on something with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you satisfied and your blood sugar balanced. Not only is this key for you to make mindful food decisions later on in the day, but it’s also a great opportunity to squeeze some nutrition in before indulging in classic tailgate food. A smoothie following Be Well By Kelly’s Fab Four formula is a good option!
Make a game plan.
Football parties usually mean finger foods - our favorite! We are all about enjoying ourselves while socializing without stress and food anxiety, so we have a few healthy tricks up our sleeves. Resist the urge to eat straight from serving platters and make a plate instead. This ensures you’re fully in control of portion sizes and keeps mindless grazing in check. Pick a few foods to enjoy and pass on the rest.
Just because there are six different kinds of dips does not mean you have to eat them all! If you want the chicken nuggets, we say go for it! Just be sure to fill the rest of your plate with better for you options like:
Veggies for dipping into hummus and guacamole
Tortilla chips and salsa
Grilled meat and veggie kabobs
Baked chicken wings
Offer to bring an appetizer to your tailgate or football party. Your host will thank you and you’ll be guaranteed a healthier option to munch on. Here are some of our favorite recipes for football season:
Now for the booze.
The more alcohol we drink, the more impaired our judgement will be when trying to make healthy choices. We know this is the oldest trick in the book, but alternating between water and an alcoholic drink really works. It will keep you hydrated and hopefully keep you sober enough to enjoy the tailgate without polishing off the chicken nugget tray. While wine and liquor may seem like the best choices, keep in mind that they contain more alcohol by volume than a light beer or spiked seltzer. For all day events like tailgates, opting for a beer or seltzer might be best. We personally love the spiked seltzer route!