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Delicious Super Bowl Recipes & 5 Strategies to Stay on Track

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

My in box has been flooded this week over Super Bowl Sunday. Though, the anxiety isn't stemming from the actual game, but rather the food that is bound to be at the Super Bowl party.

Plus, coupled with The Phoenix Open and possibly a chocolate overload on Valentine's Day next week - even the most structured nutrition plan could certainly get derailed.

The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. You can eat a variety of good food, while enjoying the game.

I have multiple auto immune disorders and some food allergies. I have to be extra vigilant all the time, regardless of holidays and other festivities. Very little deviation from my normal diet can wreak havoc on my system.

Over the years, I've learned to see this as an advantage for fitness goals. I am now well prepared with food alternatives that are healthy, delicious, and party approved.

Eat Dinner Before You Go

This is the best tip. Honestly, if you eat a good meal before you go to a Super Bowl party, golfing event or even out to eat for a romantic dinner - you have so much more self control.

Make sure your meal has a good serving of protein and includes fiber. Both help you stay full longer and protein helps keep your blood sugar maintained.

If you're going out for a Valentine's dinner, I recommend eating a light protein snack before going, rather than a full meal. Not having a completely empty stomach helps you choose wisely from the menu.

If You Drink Alcohol

No alcohol is the best choice, but realistically many are going to drink during the Super Bowl. So, here are a few ideas that can help you make better choices and recover quicker.

  • Make sure you do not drink on a empty stomach. Again, I recommend a meal that includes protein and fiber to support your gut and microbiome.

  • Alcohol can dehydrate you, so replenish with water and electrolytes

  • Choose a low calorie mixer

  • Alcohol can be irritating to your gut and alters your kidney function - so avoid fried foods and caffeine while drinking

  • Limit your alcohol consumption to 1 to 2 drinks

  • Choose an alcohol that is made from grapes or agave - as the body can flush them faster.

Bring Foods You Like and Share

Nothing can derail me faster than showing up to a gathering hungry and then having very little to choose from that I can actually eat.

Due to food allergies and auto immunes, I can't "just eat the food at the party and deal with consequences in the gym".

So, I tell you from experience, you can abstain for fitness goals. But, you really don't have to feel deprived.

Not only have I learned the hard way to eat before I go, but even more fun - recently I've started making some really yummy dishes and bringing them to share.

Don't over think this. You can choose from the Pro Push Clean Eating Guide or try a new dish that interests you.

Sharing your favorite dishes connects you with others, plus it opens up the conversation about health or fitness goals or possible allergies your friends and family were not aware you had.

Talk to Your Host

Many people adhering to a nutrition plan are worried about being an inconvenience.

But truthfully, a good host would rather be prepared for their guests than be embarrassed they can't eat.
  • Reach out and offer to help furnish food for the gathering

  • Ask what is still needed and how you could compliment the menu

  • Let them know of any food allergies or sensitivities you may have and ask if it be okay if you brought a dish or two to share. (this is a polite way of letting them know without making them feel they need to change their plans.)

  • Offer to coordinate the food since they are furnishing the venue

Check the Menu Before You Go

If your plans over the next week or so involve eating out, I recommend looking at the menu online beforehand.

You want to choose foods that closely resemble your normal eating habits when cooking at home.

  • Decide what you are going to order, rather than choosing last minute and hungry.

  • Remember you can request your meal be prepared without sauces and other unnecessary calories.

  • If you are attending a function that has multiple options, check the food vendors online. Knowing which ones have food closest to your nutrition program helps you be prepared - without making your party wonder around from place to place just for you.

So regardless if you're rooting for the Chiefs or Eagles, enjoying a day of golf and sun, or thinking of a romantic evening - you can enjoy yourself AND eat.

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