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Super Bowl and Food Recovery

Super Bowl and Food Recovery

Super Bowl Sunday is reportedly one of the biggest eating days of the year, behind Thanksgiving. There were lots of parties and celebrations this week, which means lots of snacking, drinking, and food.

Many parties likely had a variety of foods served in a buffet, and food safety comes to mind with these types of events. Here are some tips to keep your parties safe, whether it was for the Super Bowl or any future celebration (and a link to check out from the FDA: www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/BuyStoreServeSafeFood/ucm328131.htm

  • Handwashing is key; have hand-washing facilities easily available and use disposable paper towels. Hand sanitizer is also a good option to keep nearby
  • Consider the amount of time food has been sitting out at room temperature (2-hour maximum is recommended)
  • Have small plates and serving utensils available to help avoid the dreaded double-dipping
  • Use an ice scoop or tongs so guests don’t use their hands to grab ice cubes
  • Foods should be cooked at the correct temperature (usually 140 degrees, but this depends on what you are cooking) and promptly refrigerated
  • Use separate cutting boards for raw foods and meats

Here are some tips for those who may have indulged and are looking to get back on track in the next week or two. It’s never too late to learn how to manage temptation and create healthy eating behaviors for ourselves and our patients (and a link to check out on healthy eating: www.hhs.gov/fitness/eat-healthy/how-to-eat-healthy/index.html

  • Never go to a party hungry; it’s always a good idea to eat something nutritious before attending an event, helping us to avoid over-snacking which adds up quickly in calories
  • Bring a dish to share that is healthy, such as a yogurt-based dip or salsa, and serve with raw veggies, baked vegetable-based chips, or crackers
  • Do not stand or sit near the food table; position yourself in a different location. If you socialize near the food, it’s more tempting to snack mindlessly
  • Be mindful of what you are eating; use a small plate and serve yourself a reasonable amount of food on the plate, rather than going back and forth snacking intermittently
  • Be mindful of the calories in alcoholic beverages; in addition to empty calories in alcohol, the effects of alcohol tend to erode good intentions to eat healthy. Choose lower calorie and carbohydrate alcoholic beverages, such as a white wine or light beer, and if you consume a mixed drink, select a mixer that is low in sugar, such as sparkling water
  • Don’t forget to drink water; having a sparkling water with a lime or lemon slice in a glass adds a festive touch and is a healthy option

Part of wellness is socialization and celebration, and enjoying this while maintaining healthy habits is important.

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