Lisa Money, RDN
Apex Athletic Performance
We are in the midst of football season, and a tradition that goes hand in hand with football is tailgating. Fans typically overindulge in the classic football foods such as burgers, hotdogs, chips and dip. Nutrition is not the first thought that comes to mind when tailgating, but Lisa Money, registered dietitian nutritionist with Apex Athletic Performance
, said there are strategies you can use that will keep tailgating fun and healthier.
The key to a successful tailgate is to be prepared. Whether you are at the game or at home, these strategies can be used to make it through the day feeling on top of your game.
- Pay attention to the quality of your food over the quantity.
- Substitute ingredients with fat-free, low-fat and whole-grain options.
- Make sure to have variety of colors, tastes, textures and flavors in your food.
- Serving fruit is a great substitute for sugary desserts, but it’s best to eat the cookie if you keep thinking about it during the tailgate.
- Listen to your body before, during and after the meal, which will let you respond to hunger and fullness signals.
- Drink cold water, especially when it is hot outside.
- Be aware of the alcoholic beverages you are drinking and drink water between the alcoholic drinks.
Your body is the best judge of how much to eat and what to eat. Getting too hungry might cause you to eat too fast, leaving you with the sensation of feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. The next time you attend a tailgate, try using these strategies to make your game day experience more enjoyable and guilt-free.
Serving Columbia and Lexington, Apex Athletic Performance has a comprehensive and scientific approach to athletic training and exercise, which includes nutritional assessments. For more information, visit their website or call 803-296-9202.
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