Its that time of year, again. Sunflower seeds, camping chairs, sunscreen, mosquito dope, late nights trying to get dirt stains out of white pants, stretched budgets from weekend travel to ball tournaments, and lots and lots of baseball park food. If we aren’t careful, all this extra fun can lead to extra pounds.
Being a dietitian, I try to be more conscious of what I am eating, which can be a grueling task this time of year. Here are some tips I’ve thrown together to hopefully offer someone else a little help!
- Carry a large bottle of water. Drink lots and lots of it. And more. No Gatorade for Moms! When I started counseling clients years ago for weight loss help, typically the only task given to a client the first week was to NOT DRINK ANY CALORIES. Typically, a client who drank sweet tea or sodas daily would lose 5-10 pounds right away. With no other dietary changes. Why not try it? No juice, sweet tea with sugar, sodas, gatorade or alcohol….Or maybe just a little of the latter…
- Snacks in the purse. Moms everywhere have been doing this for years. Take extra time to pack these snacks. Good choices are baggies of almonds, Kind bars, homemade granola, squeeze applesauce and baggies of air popped popcorn.
- Walk the perimeter between games. We think we get a lot more activity than we actually do, but how much of the time at the park is actually spent sitting? Lots. Investing in a fit watch or pedometer will help keep you on target. Many of these now have a vibrate option to let you know when you’ve been sitting too long.
- Cooler in the car. So many of the parks we visit for my son’s travel team do not allow coolers to be brought inside the park. No rules though for the parking lot, right? Pack your cooler the morning of with your foods. This not only will save money, but also calories. Pack salads, wraps made with whole grain tortillas, baked chips, cheese sticks, and lots of fruit! Make a fruit salad the night before with chopped strawberries, grapes, blueberries, mandarin oranges. Players and parents are sure to love it!
- In case of emergency-in this case-emergency means we forgot the cooler and we must eat at the ballpark- try your best. Eat a hamburger with no cheese and mayo. Add extra lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Skip the nachos. Eat popcorn. Drink lots and lots of water. Did I say that already?
- Take a quick walk between innings. Why just sit? Little bits of movement add up to calories burned.
- Chase foul balls.
- Chew gum if you are a nervous snacker. Nail biter 9th, 10th or 11th innings can have us all reaching for the chips. Keep gum handy for your players as well as your nervous habit.
- Bring a jump rope. Carrie Underwood’s trainer, Erin Oprea, made news a few months ago when she was belittled for jumping rope on the sidelines during her son’s soccer game. Who would dare bully Carrie Underwood’s personal trainer? Have you seen her legs? Anyway….. People are crazy. But she definitely is on to something. Jumping rope burns 10 calories per minute. 20 minutes of this would burn 200 calories. Afraid of what people will say? Grab your younger child or a friend’s kid to play with you. And then just let the haters hate….
- Make good choices while eating out. This one is on every list for healthy bloggers. But it’s common sense. Baseball games and late nights or weekend trips typically mean A LOT of restaurant food. Choose the salad, skip the bread, drink water or unsweet tea. Skip the appetizer. Don’t eat like your 10 year old boy.
Have any other great suggestions for the rest of us moms? We would love to hear them!