THE BLOG

Don't Get Sacked on Game Day: Execute Healthy Tailgating Plays

Unfortunately, a day of overeating is typically followed by setbacks such as fatigue, headaches, and lack of energy. This can be attributed to processed foods and beverages that contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.
09/28/2014 10:56am ET | Updated November 28, 2014
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

Football season is here, and we are ready to gear up for some fun and delicious tailgating. Whether your pregame party is at home or at the game, healthy planning is essential in order to keep your weight from stepping out of bounds.

You don't have to pass on tailgating in fear of sabotaging your waistline. Contrary to what most people think, healthy tailgating can be done. Let's be honest, who wants to deprive themselves of pizza or buffalo chicken wing dip? It's okay to enjoy some of your favorite foods, but try to be mindful not to overindulge.

Unfortunately, a day of overeating is typically followed by setbacks such as fatigue, headaches, and lack of energy. This can be attributed to processed foods and beverages that contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.

Execute These Smart Plays Before and During Your Tailgate:

1. Days prior to the big game, avoid simple carbohydrates and sugar-laden treats, sodas, and coffees. This will ensure calorie intake stays at a healthy level. Consuming more nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains will increase energy stores and boost immunity.

2. Get your motor revving by exercising the day before or morning of the game. This will boost your metabolism and help burn unwanted calories later.

3. Pack extra water for game day. Drink at least 8 ounces of water in between alcoholic beverages. This will prevent post-game dehydration, headaches, and fatigue.

4. Consume a healthy meal or snack before leaving for the tailgate or pregame party. Make sure it contains both protein and fiber. These nutrients provide staying power, which will help prevent overeating.

5. Practice good portion control. Cut pizza slices in half, pass on the calorie dense dressings and sauces, spoon your favorite dip onto a plate rather than eating it out of a container, and share a dessert with a friend.

6. Avoid standing while you eat. This leads to mindless eating and indigestion. Find a place to sit and enjoy your favorite game day foods.

By following one or all of these healthy tips, you will undoubtedly be at the top of your game. Happy Healthy Tailgating!

Visit ProNutritionConsulting.com for healthy tailgating recipes and more nutrition advice.

"Like" Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC on Facebook.