Tailgating: Have your Beer and Drink it Too

It’s finally football season! Back in college, this was my favorite time of year. Cute school spirited sweaters, football games, and of course tailgating. This one is for all my ladies out there who want to live it up at a tailgate, have a drink and some hot wings too!

I went through a period where I actually hated tailgating. Hated it. I had put myself under so much stress with trying to reach my goal body that I’d created a deep fear with going near foods on the “no” list. Well ladies and gents, today my “yes” and “no” list gladly went down the shitter. Excuse my french.

Without going too much into my story (read here and here for more if you’d like), I really wish I’d created a BALANCED lifestyle from the beginning, instead of trying to wait until after I’d achieved my “goal body.”

Tailgating and football parties are such a major part of fall for many of us, it is my goal to help you enjoy it to its fullest!

Healthified?

I know for many of us, we make healthier choices because feeling good is the main goal. Twenty mozzarella sticks and six beers just doesn’t feel very good. BUT saying no to beer all together? And no hot wings? No thanks!!

Here is an example of how to structure a healthy day of tailgating, indulge and still feel your very best.

Wake Up and Sweat!

Starting your day with a little sweat and sparkle will get your body into burning mode, wake you up and help you feel refreshed and lean throughout the rest of the day. Even just thirty minutes is perfect, get outside and enjoy the morning!

Bootylicious Breakfast

I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure why I named it bootylicious breakfast. But, hey, who doesn’t love a good bootylicious anything? Oh Lord. I need to stop.

Back to breakfast.

Generally, veggies are not the main attraction at a tailgate. So I love to pack my breakfast with veggies, protein, and healthy fat. Aim for green fibrous veggies to get your micronutrients in and keep you full. The protein and fat will keep you satiated so that you don’t show up to the tailgate absolutely famished and *accidentally* have fifteen wings instead of a few. For a great recipe click here, try using just a ¼ cup of berries, or acacia powder instead of fruit.

Let the Fun Begin. Chow Time

Generally tailgates are full of hot wings, buffalo chicken dips, chili, cookies, and of course drinks! My favorite way to keep the day balanced and make sure I don’t thoroughly through myself out of whack for the rest of the weekend is to balance the meal that I do eat and stick to a certain number of drinks throughout the day.

From the spread at your tailgate, select one protein option, veggies if they have them, one carb option, and one fun option. Or, if you’re like me, be the queen of having a bite of everything. Either way, if you listen to your body’s fullness cues, eat until satisfied and enjoy a plate of your favorites, including protein to keep you full, you are good to go!

One tequila, Two tequila, Three tequila, Floor?

It’s so easy to lose track of how many alcoholic drinks you’ve consumed as the day goes on. A great way to keep yourself in check is to determine before you get there how many you’re going to have. For me, I like to stick to two or three with a water in between each one. This way I know that I will wake up the next day without the hangover from h - e double hockey sticks. Grab a friend and keep each other accountable! This way you get to enjoy without going overboard.

Hydrate

Water, water, water. The roaring hangover inside of you will thank me later.

Next Day

The next day is huge. There is NO need to restrict, do more cardio than normal, or punish yourself with feelings of guilt.

Upon waking drink a full liter of water, yes a liter! Have a nutritious breakfast including veggies if you can. There is a good chance your blood sugar will be quite out of whack the following day, so aim to include protein, healthy fat, and fiber into your first meal of the day to balance you back out and getting you feeling back to normal.

Get some fresh air and you are good to go!

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can have some fried foods, some drinks, and still achieve a healthy balance.

If I’m being honest, I’m not much of a drinker, I just don’t like it. I know there are plenty of people who feel the same as me but feel they *need* to drink at things like this. But, you don’t. Own your decisions, be proud of them, and don’t feel a need to explain yourself.

Happy tailgating! Go Irish!!