It was one of those mornings where my alarm went off at 3AM and I don’t remember hitting snooze (luckily I’m that girl who sets five alarms are random increments such as 3:00, 3:04, 3:12, etc. to ensure I will eventually get up lol). I ended up waking up to the 3:12 alarm which made me desire to lay there and question why I was going to the gym this early before work. I laid there for about seven minutes and was in tht “now or never” mindset. I knew I was awake, I wasn’t miserable or exhausted. So I threw on a pot of coffee and managed to get my butt over there. I went out to my friend Matthew’s house last night for a few hours just to say hi and that I didn’t completely fall off the planet due to lack of communication. Sometimes when I get super stressed/overwhelmed/involved with projects, I tend to “fall off the face of the earth”. I’ve been becoming more comfortable being social and being a bit more spontaneous lately, which is a huge milestone in my life. Although everyone was drinking last night, I had absolutely no urge to and at first they were the typical college boys who were coaxing me to just “take a sip”. Disgusted with the lack of maturity in men, I was like mmm no although I love how I am when I’m drunk and I do have fun, I think I can manage to survive tonight without the absorption of alcohol. After I told them why I wasn’t drinking they were all about asking me questions on what I eat, what I lift, and all of that. So in the end, things did go smoothly.
Boys: When will your maturity kick in? Where are the men that prefer one beer at dinner reservations versus shot gunning a beer at a frat? Sometimes I feel like MY maturity decreases around college aged kids.
Ok ok REAL topic of the day: eating at parties. Tailgates, parties, celebrations, holidays….all of these tend to revolve around one main thing: FOOD! In my opinion, society seems to revolve most social gatherings around food. And while that’s great and can be families and friends togethers/have a positive effect on people (eating together has been linked to lower depression, drug use, and suicidal tendencies in adolescents), WHAT we are putting on our plates is key. Here’s a few tips/tricks I think can help curb your caloric intake at tonight’s game!
- Eat before hand—I know I know, the whole point of parties is the FOOD. But eating lunch/dinner before you go, even something light like 1/2 a sandwich and a piece of fruit, can help reduce your intake. If you show up at a party STARVING, chances are you will eat absolutely everything and anything.
- The veggie platter is your best friend here. Start here and fill 1/2 of your plate up at this station. Take a reasonable amount of dip if necessary (2 tbsp) Feel free to come back to this station often
- Steer CLEAR of the bread/dips. Many parties carve out a bread roll, fill it with a high calorie cheese dip and use the bread as dippers. Yeah, pass on that. There will be plenty of healthier carb choices for you
- Skinless, boneless, wings are always a great choice as well. High in protein to keep you satisfied. Just watch the amount any time of dip you might use (ranch, blue cheese, etc)
- Nuts—yes, they are healthy. But a palm size portion is all your need! Measure out a palm size portion of almonds, walnuts, pecans (those are the best for memory function!) and put them on your plate. Mix them with a handful of pretzels and you have a nice sized trail mix.
- Limiting your soda/alcohol intake can save your several extra calories that won’t be going to use. Sticking to water is key. Personally I would bring some crystal light packets or a Mio just to make it more fun and tasty.
- Chex mix is fairly popular at games, but it’s all refined carbs. It’s not a bad choice butttt there are plenty of other things that are better. If you’re dying for some then toss a handful on your plate and add your handful of nuts to it!
- Need something crunchy like potato chips? Aim for the popcorn,baked chips, or salsa and tortilla chips!! And stick to a handful.
- Candy: skip. If you’re looking for a treat, I would rather have a cookie or brownie versus digging my hands in peanut m&ms or hershey kisses. If you’re craving a dessert, split something. Or if they have mini cookies or mini brownies stick to one. It’s totally okay to treat yourself, but don’t go overboard.
- Bring your own healthy dish—that way you KNOW there is something you can consume.
- Put down the fork and socialize!! Get your mind off of the food and turn this into a SOCIAL event
Things I would fill my plate with:
- veggies and a little ranch dip
- boneless wings
- 2 crackers and 2 slices of cheese
- Salsa and a handful of Tortilla chips
- Seconds of veggies if I’m still hungry