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Lora Hogan > Uncategorized  > Take me out to the ball game!

Take me out to the ball game!

I love baseball.

April = happiness because BASEBALL IS BACK!

Root for the home team y’all.

For me, that is the TAMPA BAY RAYS!

Check out David Price with his Cy Young award. Y’all the Rays have some amazing players!
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I love going to games and try to go to as many games as humanly possible.

The season just started for us on Tuesday and I have already been to three out of the past five games.

But let’s face it.

Going to baseball games can be super unhealthy.

So the question becomes, how do I maintain my healthy living goals in a land of hot dogs, peanuts, crackerjacks, and cold beer?

It’s not as easy as I’d like it to be. But it is possible!!

Here’s how I manage to survive:

  • I’ve made beer a treat during baseball season. I don’t digest beer well at all. So, as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it is easy to over-indulge in beer. So I will ONLY let myself drink beer at the baseball stadium. It becomes a special treat and, at least, helps to prevent the feeling of perpetual puffiness in the summer.
  • Drink your water! My Tropicana Field stadium lets you bring in a factory sealed water bottle. Bring it the game and drink UP! (For free.)
  • Eat before the game as much as possible. On Wednesday, I went to a 7:10 pm game and made sure to have (even though I was out) a mahi-mahi grilled sandwich before we went in. I left off the bun, ate a few of the chips, and was completely full before setting foot in the stadium. I wasn’t even tempted to look at the jumbo soft pretzels!!
  • Don’t snack.  I refuse to snack at games. Just because you are surrounded by ice cream, peanuts, popcorn, and french fries, doesn’t mean you have to eat them.  So don’t!!
  • If you order a sandwich (grilled chicken is a good call), ask them to leave off the fries. If they aren’t on your plate, you won’t be tempted to eat them all!
  • Know your options. Tropicana Field lists their concession stands.  Does your stadium also have a gluten-free area, a bbq restaurant (a little pulled pork can be a better option than getting that greasy cheese burger and fries), and even deli sandwiches? Look before you go and know what you want in advance!
  • Don’t deny yourself. If you’re really craving a hot dog, get the hot dog. On Friday night, I really wanted a soft pretzel for dinner with the ridiculously fake cheese sauce. It is terrible for you and after a full bites, I felt satisfied. I threw away the rest of my pretzel and sauce (there was a ton) as soon as I was full, to prevent mindless eating.
  • If you are going to tailgate, bring your own healthy food just for you!
  • Make sure to add some walking to your seated adventure. Can you go check out the outfield bar, even though there’s a drink option right by you?  Can you park further away to make your walk longer or go in a different gate? For me, I can even walk to or from the stadium so long as I’ve got a walking buddy. Find ways to burn a few extra calories. Cheering loudly for your home team always helps!!!

How do you survive the summer baseball season? Do you love going to games as much as I do?

And lastly…GO RAYS!!! 🙂

With one of my besties at a Rays game last season.

Comments:

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl}

    April 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I definitely want to go to a game this season! I’m hoping they will have a good country artist when they do the concert series!!