Whether your team is the Ravens or 49ers (or you just like the commercials), Sunday’s Superbowl is sure to be a foodfest. While many of us overeat occassionally, men and women with eating disorders are especially at risk. With the array of high-cal snacks, and opportunities for mindless munching, Superbowl can be a challenge. These tips can help:
1. Don’t mess with your normal meal routine, that is, eat. Before heading out to your Superbowl party, eat a healthy dinner. The worst thing that you can do is head to the party feeling famished. If you want to eat a lower calorie meal, that’s fine, as long as it is balanced.
2. Drink water (and limit alcohol). Binge eating and binge drinking often go together. Just as there are plenty of foods to overindulge in, alcohol often flows freely, and beer commercials provide additional temptation. Drink water instead of other drinks or alternate water with alcoholic beverages. You’ll feel better in the morning too.
3. Don’t deprive yourself. While may feel admirable to keep away from Superbowl offerings, this often backfires, resulting in binging. Stay away from all-or-nothing thinking, and allow yourself smaller portions of favorite foods. Select your snacks, and move away from the food table. Consider using a smaller plate.
4. Bring healthier alternatives. While deprivation is a no-no, there are healthy alternatives that can satisfy. Low-fat dips, healthier wings, and veggies instead of chips, can save calories and are yummy as well.
5. Get on track. If you do overeat, get on track the next day. This type of damage-control is a must for anyone looking at permanently ridding yourself of binging.