I find it almost comforting to count calories, because it makes me conscious of what I’m eating. But on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought, ‘Surrender to it. It’s nacho time.’ Then I ate nothing but Doritos all day. ~Kristen Bell

Super Bowl weekend is upon us and if you’re like a lot of eager spectators, you’ll probably have a tendency to overdo things, at least a little bit (if not a lot). Between the food, the alcohol, the celebrating, and quite often physical activities before or after the game, Super Bowl weekend can end up leaving you super sore and sick. Even the most responsible Super Bowl-er can have a few too many calories or a few extra beers, that leave you feeling bloated and tired.

Altogether, we’ll eat approximately 30 million pounds of snacks, according to the Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing the low-fat and sugar-free food and beverage industries.

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The council projects that the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat in snacks alone. Americans will also consume over 325 million gallons of beer and approximately a BILLION chicken wings. With those kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder many end up not making it to work Monday.

Here are some helpful and healthy survival tips to get you through Super Bowl:

Eating Tips

  • Eat lightly the day before.
  • Avoid an abundance of fatty foods.
  • Make sure to include fruits and/or veggies.
  • Stop eating when your stomach feels like a bowling ball.
  • Try healthy alternative recipes like THIS or THIS.

Drinking Tips

  • Avoid mixing alcohol
  • Avoid dehydration – drink plenty of water during and after
  • Make sure to eat (see above tips)
  • Drink fluids other than alcohol – juice, tea, coffee
  • Consider drinking non-alcoholic beer
  • Don’t drive

Physical/Sports Activity Tips

  • Stretching – try to stretch before and after physical activity.
  • Jumping up and down when your team is losing.
  • Jumping up and down when your team is winning.
  • Be careful when mixing sports activities and alcohol.

Other Wellness Tips

  • Party responsibly.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the party.
  • Get a good night’s sleep after so you can make it to work Monday feeling refreshed.
  • Visit Sagewood Wellness Center for Therapeutic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy and Sports Massage for pain and stress relief if you overdo it and are feeling the ill-effects.

Have a balanced (Super)day! ~Maria

 

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About The Author

Maria Martos - Sagewood Wellness Center - San Juan Capistrano - Nueromuscular Therapy

Maria Martos – Owner & Founder of Sagewood Wellness Center

Maria Martos is the owner and founder of Sagewood Wellness Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. As a certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Maria specializes in the treatment of severe, chronic or minor pain, as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. She holds a certification in Sports Massage providing her with expertise to evaluate and address athletic injuries and to help professional and recreational athletes improve their athletic performance. Maria is Board Certified by the NCBTMB, and provides therapeutic massage sessions for those seeking stress reduction and relief from generalized aches pains, and tension. Maria holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and offers individual Counseling, focusing on Integrative Mind-Body Therapy to help individuals uncover and remove unconscious blocks that limit them from living their best lives.  She is also a Reiki Master and Teacher, and has worked in the health care field for over 25 years.