Welcome to the second post of “We’re Not Perfect (and that’s OK!) Wednesdays” because come on, cooking every meal from scratch and eating like a healthy robot just isn’t reality! On Wednesdays, we learn more about how to handle real life situations and the imperfect choices and feelings that accompany them. Instead of stressing about making the wrong decision, let’s strategize in advance so we can make the best choices for the situation we’re in 🙂
- Ate about 16% more saturated fat when their football team LOST a game versus what they normally ate on Mondays. [Fans who lived in cities with the most devoted fans ate 28% more sat fat!]
- Ate 9% LESS saturated fat when their football team WON a game versus what they normally ate on Mondays. [Fans who lived in cities with the most devoted fans ate 16% less sat fat]
- Be mindful of your snacking during and after games. It’s easy to snack mindlessly while watching television so take small portions of snacks and go back for another small portion if you’re still hungry. Don’t sit next to the giant bowl of chips.
- If you know you’ll be watching a big game on the weekend, stock your fridge with healthy snacks like precut veggies, fruit, lemon-infused water, whole grain pretzels, hummus, and low fat yogurt. Keep them in see-through containers at the front of the fridge so you see them when you open the door. When Sunday night and Monday comes, hopefully the tempting, nutritious snacks you have waiting will crowd out the junk.
- Plan a wholesome dinner for the night after the game in advance.
- Cornil Y and Chandon P. From Fan to Fat? Vicarious Losing Increases Unhealthy Eating, but Self-Affirmation Is an Effective Remedy. Psychological SCIENCE, August 7, 2013. http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/08/07/0956797613481232.abstrac
- Medical News Today: Honor Whiteman, “Disappointed sports fans more likely to eat junk food,” 23 August 2013: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265145.phFull text of article draft here: http://www.cerog.org/lalondeCB/CB/2013_lalonde_seminar/program/papers/corn1.pdf