Well, it’s the Superbowl! It only comes once a year, and even though I am not much of a football fan, I enjoy Superbowl Sunday. I enjoy the commercials, and the celebrations. I love the food, and the fun. This is one day when I think it’s okay to just let go and relish in your game day traditions. It’s kind of like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and the Fourth of July. Sometimes you just have to loosen the reins a bit and have a good time. So while I always try to promote healthy, nutrient-dense foods, if you want to drink beer and eat pizza and wings for the Superbowl, I think it is perfectly fine to do it.
Equally important to eating healthy food is enjoying life and indulging in primary foods, those things that make your life feel rich and enjoyable. Living your life to the fullest is a way that you can help decrease stress and boost your happiness levels. Primary foods are things that add to your quality of life through nourishing the heart and soul. I can hear some people saying, “But it’s just a pizza; it’s not that important.”
It doesn’t have to be about pizza, but those things that bring us pleasure help enrich our lives. It’s not the pizza itself, but the tradition of gathering together and celebrating the culmination of the football season. In reality, it doesn’t matter what the food is…it’s the act of having a fun evening, even if your team isn’t in the Superbowl, that makes us feel happy – the laughing over the commercials, picking the winning team, competing with friends and family to see who can guess the score – all of these things can help us de stress and have a meaningful day.
If you are used to eating healthy, you might not want to go back to former habits, but sometimes it’s ok to indulge in guilty pleasures. You might try a short juice fast the next day, and a nice, brisk walk the next morning…perhaps a detox bath and a big mug of warm lemon water to help recover from the festivities. Keep in mind, there are lots of healthy snacks out there too. If you aren’t in love with the idea of loading up on junk food, even for a special occasion, change up the menu and serve your guests a lighter fare. It’s easy to make crackers from cheese, avocado dip, baked chicken wings, fruit and veggie trays – all these homemade goodies help keep your nutrition on track and will impress your guests as well. It’s fun to add new traditions, too, like cooking up a smorgasbord of healthy treats before the big game. It’s something the whole family can get involved in. Let the kids arrange the cut-up fruit and vegetables on a big tray while you whip up the dip.
But if you’re going somewhere else for the big game, and all they have is pizza and wings, it’s ok to indulge. Savor every bite and fully enjoy the experience. You’ll be glad that you did. Life is short – live it to the fullest!