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Don't Gamble Your Diet at the Super Bowl Party

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Updated February 04, 2014

It's the end of January, and you've been true to your New Year's diet and exercise resolutions. Your clothes are fitting nicely, and healthy eating is becoming a comfortable habit. But there's trouble ahead. That first big event of the year threatens to undo all your good work -- the Super Bowl party.

Don't worry. You can enjoy a Super Bowl party without risking your waistline. For starters, don't starve yourself the day of the party. That will just make it more likely that you'll overeat later on at the gathering. Have a small fiber-filled snack such as a piece of fruit or whole grain crackers before you head out. The odds of eating healthy will be in your favor if your stomach's not growling.

Here's a few SUPER tips for surviving the Super Bowl party. I'll bet if you follow them, you won't be upset.

Survey the Spread: when you get to the party, take a look at all the goodies before you dig in. Look for foods that are more nutrient-dense, like raw vegetables, shrimp (rich in astaxanthin), lean protein-filled meats, antioxidant-rich salsa, guacamole (full of healthy fats), cheese, fruit, nuts and crackers.

Utilize the Under: under-sized portion size, that is. You don't need to load up your plate, especially if you're planning to return for more. Just take a little bit of each of your favorites and eat slowly. If you're still hungry, opt for more vegetables or fruit.

Push the Potables: as in push them away. A beer or two is fine, but more than that can add extra calories you don't need and may lead to an unwanted hangover the next day. Getting a little tipsy may cause you to give up your guard and go for more food. Drink water between your adult beverages to slow down your alcohol consumption.

Enjoy the Exotics: why fill up on tortilla chips you can buy at any convenience store? Look for interesting foods that you don't get to eat very often, like lamb sliders. Maybe offer up some baked blue corn tortilla chips and fresh salsa or tarot root chips.

Refuse the Runner: it's so nice when your sweetie offers to bring you back a plate of snacks or an extra bottle of beer, but you'll have better control over portion sizes and food selections if you serve yourself. Actually it might be nice for you to offer to be the food runner and bring back a healthy plate for your honey.

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