Friday, February 1, 2013

It’s My Party and I’ll Eat Well If I Plan To…™

Super Bowl is a special day for many people, but for me, it’s even more special this year for two big reasons—I’m from San Francisco and it’s my birthday.

Whether you’re a Niners or Ravens fan, it’s bound to be a great day. Hey, just the unique brother coach duel between John and Jim Harbaugh is bound to be a show in and of itself.

I’ve been thinking about ways to enjoy the day without waking up regretting it on Monday.

What moves will you make to party responsibly? This is what I’m thinking…

•Start with an intention.

•What do you want the scale to say on Monday?

•Be honest – are you the kind of person who can splurge “just this once” without falling off the wagon or regretting your choices?

•Make the day more about enjoying time with family and friends and less about pizza, nachos, chicken wings and beer.

•If you are going to drink, alternate beer with water.

•Get a good workout in before the game.

•Use half time to get some stretching in. You can still watch Beyonce perform (or is that lip sync as rumored)?

Here’s a link with some more great strategies for eating healthier, yet delicious snack alternatives during the Super Bowl (note—this is not just for people with diabetes—it’s great suggestions and delicious alternatives for all of us):

Here’s a link to the Top Websites for Healthy Super Bowl Sunday Low-Calorie Snack Alternatives:

So, remember this: the average person consumes 4200 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the 2nd biggest food consumption day, second only to Thanksgiving. You can be different and still have a great time…

Huddle up, call your plays in advance, march to the goal line and you’ll score just like your favorite NFL team!!

About Ellen N. Resnick, LCSW (Psychotherapist)
Ellen is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Redwood City, California. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates the use of mindfulness into the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotional overeating. She runs a holistic weight loss program called Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss, Ellen is also a skilled couples’ therapist. Ellen’s interest in behavior change grew out of her work with people with diabetes in 1990 at California Pacific Medical Center. Ellen is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSF where she worked from 1995-2003 specializing in women’s mental health issues and brief treatment. She ran the Cognitive Behavioral therapy group program for women with depression. Ellen continues to supervise psychiatry residents at UCSF. She lectures extensively in the Bay Area. You can email Ellen at and follow her on Twitter at @thoughtfullellen. Watch Ellen demonstrate CBT for permanent weight loss on her YouTube channel,Ellenresnick’s channel.
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