Playoff Pressure: A Few Smart Tips on Eating Out
Keep in mind what you put into your body is important to staying on track – but there is no reason you can’t enjoy these Playoffs (ESPECIALLY now that we’re in the Finals!!) without compromising your diet! Everyone likes to indulge every once in a while, and Playoffs seem like the perfect time to do that. But if you want to have your cake but not feel guilty about eating it too, here are some suggestions to consider if you are craving an order of something which probably belongs on the ‘naughty list’: • Portion control: Try a half order instead! This is a common tip used for people who are watching their caloric intake – restaurants are used to hearing it! Instantly, half the calories you may worry about are cut and you can enjoy without necessarily overeating. As you eat any food, and especially during meals where you eat and watch TV at the same time, eating slowly and consuming water will help you feel fuller faster! • Pregame Snack: Another great tip is to eat before you head out to a restaurant or pub to catch a game. Not only will you make a better choice when deciding what to order because you aren’t starving, but your wallet reaps the benefits as well! Unfortunately, Binge = Bulge. • Get it on the Side: Having a salad instead of fries is an obvious choice to better a meal out, as well as asking for dressings/sauces on the side. Much of the hidden calories from restaurant and pub food (even salads), comes from those. • Hydrate: If you’re going to consume alcohol, simply make sure you are also having water in addition to everything else. The average beer has around 120 calories in it – and the average glass of wine, deemed by most health professionals as the ‘better option’ for alcoholic indulgence, has about 100 calories. Not only do we mistake hunger for thirst, but water helps to hydrate your body after the dehydration it feels from drinking – this will make you more inclined to make a healthy choice, as well as have you strong for the gym during that post-indulgence workout. You don’t have to feel guilty – just keep this saying close: “Everything in moderation.” Go Canucks Go!
Tracey Ferris – Kalev Fitness Solution