Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=215017
Story Retrieval Date: 12/21/2014 8:05:15 PM CST
Courtesy of Joe Cahn, the tailgating 'commissioner'
Tip 1: Exercise portion control. "If you want to indulge in those high fat, high carbohydrate food choices, do so utilizing portion control. Just be mindful of the portion sizes indicated on the back of those nutrition facts labels. And you can still enjoy yourself. I just want to emphasize moderation."
Tip 2: Be mindful of alcohol consumption. "Let’s say if you have a beer and you don’t like or care for the light version, go ahead and go for the regular version. But alternate before you pick up that second bottle of beer, reach for some water."
Tip 3: Include some healthy alternatives. "It’s OK to have raw vegetables like celery and carrots and dip, or fruit even. But if you like those traditional snacks that we talked about, think about changing or playing around with the recipes and substituting some low fat or some lower fat ingredients versus the typical ingredients."
Tip 4: Be sure to get some physical activity. "If you know you’re going to overindulge or indulge even, try to get in some physical activity even before the game or even after the game or the next day thereafter, to try to offset the overindulgence if you should happen to overindulge."