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  • September 2018
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Tips for staying healthy for kick off season!

With the start of football season, we also kick off eating season! From tailgating to watching the game at home, sometimes we need a little help to stay on track. Here are some simple tips to keep you and your family healthy while cheering on your favorite team!

1. Have a healthy meal before leaving for the game

Having a meal with protein rich foods before leaving for the parking lot or heading to your friend’s house will help you stay full so you won’t be tempted to overindulge on the junk food during the game.

2. When drinking alcohol, alternate with water

This is essential when in an atmosphere where alcohol is present. Alternating your drinks with water will not only keep you hydrated but also keep your intake in check as to not overindulge on the empty calories alcoholic drinks have.

3. Choose healthy snacks

Stick to vegetables, fruits and other lean proteins like grilled chicken kabobs when filling your plate. Reach out for vegetables and fruits with a low glycemic index (the foods that give you more energy for a longer period of time) such as: broccoli, berries and sweet potatoes. Doing a quick search online can tell you which foods have a low glycemic index.

4. Watch your toppings and dips

When choosing toppings for your burgers and brats, skip the mayo and go for the yellow mustard. Mayo has a significantly higher caloric value (roughly 94 per tablespoon) and fat content while the mustard has a low caloric value (roughly 9 per tablespoon) and no fat. When it comes to dips, watch out for ranch and creamy, cheesy dips. Instead, look for salsas, guacamole and bean dips.

5. Don’t restrict yourself, but stay balanced

While eating the “right” foods is always recommended, going cold turkey on the foods and treats you love can also cause you to want more of it and lose control when you eventually break. Take those tasty treats in moderation and then compensate with some healthier foods afterward.

Now go out there and sport your team colors knowing that you can still make healthy decisions while having fun!

Diana Hardy, PA-C, MS

Diana Hardy, PA-C is the Physician’s Assistant at Northwoods Family Physical Medicine in Green Bay. Northwoods Family Physical Medicine has been using regenerative medicine in the Upper Midwest to help the community live a full, active life. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call the office at 920-301-3024 or visit

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