Now that we’re well into football season, people—myself included—are tailgating and spending a little more time drinking and eating than we normally would on Sundays.
I recently attended a tailgating party before a Chicago Bears game and was a little concerned about what I might find to tempt me. Although there were plenty of not-so-healthy options (let's face it, tailgate favorites would likely never be included in any diet plan), I was pleasantly surprised to see things that actually fit into my new healthy lifestyle.
To stay on track, I ended up sampling the following items—and I didn't feel any guilt at the end of the day.
|I ate...||Instead of...|
|Taco dip made with beans and veggies on the side||Creamy buffalo chicken dip made with cheese and ranch sauce|
|1 turkey hot dog sans bun||1 Polish sausage with bun|
|Pasta salad made with vegetables and olive oil||Creamy potato salad loaded with mayo|
|Baked potato chips||Fried potato chips|
|1 chocolate chip cookie||1 cupcake piled with sugary frosting|
|Light beer||Calorie-heavy margaritas|
While a sampling of items is okay, I was careful to watch my portions and was actually better able to enjoy the tailgating party by making smarter selections since I wasn’t overstuffed or full of regret.
The Bears won. I went home happy about the outcome of the game—and my healthy choices!
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!