Overdo it a little on Super Bowl Sunday?
On average, Americans will consume 1,200 calories alone just from their snacks during the big game. That’s a lot of pretzels, people!
The Super Bowl Binge
Clean eating is not exactly easy when everywhere you look there is a bag of chips, a plate of bbq chicken, or some other fried, fatty food calling your name. Then of course, there are the commercials, teasing us with Coke, Pepsi, Bud Light, M&M, Doritos, and Butterfinger (although that McDonald’s commercial was kind of catchy). I really did try my best to keep it within limits this Super Bowl Sunday, but let’s be honest, I’m only human. I did get my workout in before the game, though, so that’s something, right?
Monday morning quarterbacking
As of this writing, the game is still going, and I am already not feeling so great about my mini-binge. But have no fear my friends, Monday morning is near!
My Post-Super-Bowl-Sunday-Plan is already in the works. I invite you to join me in creating a healthier game plan for YOU this week. I’m excited to be starting the 21 Day Fix in another few days (or as soon as my order goes through!), but in the meantime, I’m starting with these first steps:
1) Purge the junk! If you ate too much during the big game, now is a perfect time to do this. If you hosted the party, give away the leftovers, so you aren’t tempted to continue eating. Check out your pantry, and remember, most of the stuff in packages and boxes that you’ll find in there isn’t “real” food anyway. Read labels – the shorter the list of ingredients, and the more ingredients you can actually pronounce, the better.
My plan? I’ll be going through my refrigerator and pantry looking for those pesky “dirty” foods, and getting rid of them once and for all.
2) Create a general meal plan for the week. Try this, and stick to a plan, for at least one week, even if it means more up-front time during the planning phase, you will thank yourself later when you didn’t have to resort to fast food because you had something ready (or at least prepped) at home waiting.
My plan? I’m cooking a chicken tonight, saving leftovers for a big salad at work tomorrow, and for the rest of my week, I have grilled salmon, turkey burgers, and hearty vegetable miso soup in the works!
3) Get your workout on! Unfortunately, there is no “magic pill”. We NEED to exercise. Our bodies are designed to move. The sooner we combine a good daily workout and healthy eating, the sooner we will begin to feel (and look) better – on the inside and out.
My plan? I’m starting on week 5 of P90X3 tomorrow, so I’ll be working out for at least 30 minutes a day.
Do what works, but DO
Remember, you don’t need to hit PERFECTION every time, especially if you are new to the whole “clean eating” lifestyle. My plan doesn’t have to be your plan. Everyone will need to do what works for them. You might just start by eating at home a couple more times than usual this week, or eliminate drinking soda, or maybe stop stopping off for your 1, 000 calorie specialty coffee drink in the morning on the way to work. Pick your goals, and start small, but the main thing is to strive to hit your own goals, and having a plan in place is the best place to start.
A system for portion control
If you struggle with eating “clean”, how to plan your meals, or especially with portion control, I encourage you to check out the newest in the line of Beachbody programs, the 21 Day Fix.
What’s the 21 Day Fix? It’s a simple approach to weight loss – simple eating, simple fitness, fast results. It was created by fitness trainer, busy mom, and bikini competitor Autumn Calabrese. Read about the 7 different 30 minute workouts, meal plan, and portion control containers included to help make it easier, here (if you purchase through the links on my site, I will be honored to be your coach for FREE).
So whether you are starting with tiny baby steps, ready to purge the cupboards, or you’re on board for the 21 Day Fix, there is definitely hope for you after a Super Bowl Sunday binge. For me, my Monday morning reset can’t come soon enough.