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Your Super Bowl Game Plan for Healthy Eating

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Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia.

Develop a winning Super Bowl "food game plan" by thinking like a football player on the playing field, only, instead of the opposing team, your field is filled with food and refreshments.

Some winning strategies:

1. Have a game plan -

Plan a successful defense against food that is excessive in fat and calories:

  • Equip yourself -- include some lower-calorie drinks and munchies.
  • Position yourself away from heaping platters.
  • Go in knowing what you will eat. For example, choose to have the three choices you will enjoy the most. You don't have to eat some of everything just because it's there.

2. Size up the opponent -

  • Eat food from a plate versus directly from a bag or box so you're not blindsided by the amount you're consuming.

3. Avoid penalties -

  • Avoid later weight penalties from too many calories by choosing smaller portions.
  • Don't let anyone get a penalty for drinking and driving. Remind your guests to have a designated driver and offer alcohol-free beverages.

4. Keep yourself in the game -

Don't get taken out of the game because of food poisoning:

  • Follow the "two-hour rule." Eating perishable food that have sat at room tempera­ture more than two hours is a big mistake. When food sits out for more than two hours, bacteria can easily mul­tiply and cause foodborne illness.

5. Keep advancing toward the goal line -

  • Pace yourself by alternating between higher and lower calorie foods.
  • Make a successful passing play by bypassing sec­onds at the buffet table -- or take half as much the second time around.
  • Take an occasional time-out to put a halt in your eating.

6. Touchdown!

  • Plan an effective running strategy -- by-"pass" excessive food intakes and avoid penalties which keep you from moving toward the goal line -- and you'll score a successful Super Bowl "Game Plan for Healthy Eating."

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