The average number of calories that a person will eat on Super Bowl Sunday from snacking alone – not including meals or drinks!
Pounds of pounds of potato chips eaten
Number of chicken wings eaten.
Gallons of beer consumed.
The percent increase in sales of antacids the day following Super Bowl Sunday
That’s a lot of food that our country will be eating tomorrow – and a lot of upset stomachs on Monday! You can help yourself by choosing healthier options from the snack spread, drinking water instead of alcohol (or alternating water and alcohol), and getting up during half-time for a short walk (if you’re not into the show, of course).
A fellow dietitian brought up a good argument though – should we be pressing for healthy choices when people only have a Super Bowl party once a year? Good point. And if Super Bowl Sunday is the one day a year you decide to overindulge, than there’s no harm in one day of eating some not-so-healthy choices – just get back to your normal habits the following day.
The problem is that for most of us, days of overindulgence are not so few and far between. We can say we’ll only dig in on Thanksgiving, or on Super Bowl Sunday, or on Christmas. But what about when the family gets together on Easter? The 4th of July barbeque? What about birthday parties? Other celebrations? Weddings?
My point is – there are many days that provide an excuse to eat foods which aren’t great for our body. You may start to rationalize: “But it only happens once a year! But it’s a holiday! But I want to have fun with my friends!” That doesn’t mean we should give into the temptation every time it comes up. Evaluate each situation, and try to make healthy choices most of the time. If there are a few holidays or days when it’s tradition to throw a big party and whip up some of your favorite not-so-healthy dishes, then go for it. But this should be more of the exception than the rule.
Lastly – who says that healthy food doesn’t have to taste good and be a delicious option?! Experiment by making some of your favorite dishes in healthier way. Come up with choices you can serve (or order) that will satisfy your Super Bowl snacking need while still being kind to your heart and waist.