11 Tips to Avoiding ‘Chicken Wings’ During Football Season

Healthy Football Food

Alright sports lovers this one’s for you. Alas, football season is here! Time to get together to cheer on our favorite teams (all the while talkin’ smack to the others). I know that with football games, comes parties and bars. Especially since it’s the beginning of the season and everyone is all excited to chug beers and scarf down hot wings. Maybe if football season was ONE day out of the year, it’d be okay to join in the indulgence of extreme calorie intake, but it’s not. It lasts months and all weekend at that! It’s easy to get sidetracked from your diet and make excuses for why you should be allowed to cheat just for the sake of over-grown men slamming each others faces into the grass. It’s a lot easier to just give in to the cravings and peer pressure from your friends (“Chug Chug chug!”). I know it’s hard to say no, but I also know how good it feels after you do. To help make things easier, I put together a list of how to keep your summer body rockin’ through the fall; without being caught off guard by all the chaos of adoring fans.

  1. Don’t skip any meals or snacks throughout the day- continue to eat six times a day.
  2. Make sure you have a healthy dinner before you go out to the bar or a football party.
  3. If you decide to drink, do it in moderation and go for the low-carb beer.
  4. Always chase your alcoholic drinks with a full glass of water. Not only does it flush out your system, but also makes you feel full.
  5. Avoid the sugary drinks- sodas, juices, etc.
  6. It’s easier if you can host the party at your house. This way, you can choose healthy snacks such as veggies, wraps, fruits, chicken skewers, and a salad.
  7. Stay away from the friends who urge you to drink or eat the foods you don’t want to.
  8. If you opt to tailgate outside the stadium, offer to be the designated driver in order to avoid the alcohol.
  9. At a barbecue, go for turkey burgers or chicken breast on wheat rolls with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.
  10. Bring your own snacks to the game. Try almonds, a protein drink, and cut up an apple to have with peanut butter
  11. Always stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, especially when you’re outside in the sun.

You don’t have to give up a fun day with your friends, just be more aware of your surroundings and be prepared to take matters into your own hands. More than likely, your buddies will be itching to get some of your delicious, healthy food, instead of their greasy fries. The whole point behind game day is to cheer on your team and hang out with friends, not to kill your diet goals. Don’t throw away all of your hard work at the gym. Instead of gaining calories by eating and drinking things that aren’t on your diet; BURN calories by cheering, screaming louder than your opponent, and just having fun. Let’s be real, everyone wants to enjoy life and game day excitement allows us to do that. Have fun and be safe. And remember- the best plan A is to have a plan B!

Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator

I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.