Well it’s a week today until one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar…Melbourne Cup. And for most of us it doesn’t quite involve much sport but more socialising with friends with food and drinks, placing bets on which horse will win and in the lead up organising our outfit to enter fashions on the field.
There’s often a part of the day that we don’t usually consider in the lead up and that is what will we be eating that day. There’s usually a few champagnes and canapés but what can you do to make sure you stay on track with your health and nutritional goals?
- Make sure you have a good quality breakfast. Think some low GI carbohydrates, protein and good fats. A good quality breakfast will keep you fuller for longer and prevent snacking on those not so healthy choices that might be available.
- Have a glass of water between alcoholic drinks (if you chose to drink). Not only will this slow down your alcohol intake during the day so you don’t have a huge intake of empty calories but it will also help you to stay hydrated so you wake up the next day without a huge headache!
- If you are going to an event have a look at the menu, so you have time to see what is available and chose a healthy option. If the event has canapés our suggestion is to get a small plate and put some canapés on there and eat from your plate – it is a lot easier to keep track of how much you are eating and portion control.
Most of all enjoy the day with family, friends or work colleagues. And good luck!