This Sunday, as the Ravens go head to head with the 49ers, you’ll also be entwined in a battle of your own: To pig out in front of the TV, or not?
Diabetic or not, we can all learn a little something from these game-day tips from the American Association of Diabetes Educators:
Game Day Tip #1: For healthy wings, pan fry wings in a small amount of canola oil and, instead of coating in a buttery spicy wing sauce, drizzle with a small amount of hot pepper sauce.
Game Day Tip #2: Try a pizza made with a whole-wheat crust, which is much healthier, and use low-fat mozzarella cheese.
Game Day Tip #3: For a healthier chili, use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and add more beans to the mix.
Game Day Tip #4: Eat breakfast or snacks at regular times during the day and avoid the idea of saving carbs for the big feast later on. If you skip meals, it may be harder to manage blood glucose levels throughout the day.
Game Day Tip #5: Limit the number of servings of starchy foods on your plate. It might be tempting to have french fries, nachos and potato skins, so choose just one of these, or take small tastes of each.
Game Day Tip #6: Choose fruits and vegetables served raw, grilled or steamed. Limit the amount of dip if it’s cream- or mayonnaise-based.
Game Day Tip #7: Stick to calorie-free drinks such as water, tea, seltzer or diet sodas, instead of punch or mixed drinks.
Game Day Tip #8: If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount and have it with food. Women should drink no more than one alcoholic beverage a day and men should drink no more than two.
Game Day Tip #9: Watch the game! Find a place to socialize and enjoy the game that is not near the food table so that you are not tempted to overeat.
Game Day Tip #10: Get up and walk around. During commercial breaks, half time and after the game, be sure to walk or get some exercise. Even a brief exercise break will help blood glucose levels remain steady.