Super Bowl, Food and Feet!

Your year has gotten off to a great start.  You made your resolutions to diet and exercise.  Perhaps you have injured your foot or ankle and you need to take off some weight to decrease the stress on your foot, ankle and knee joints.  Or perhaps you have diabetes and you are finally taking the plunge and getting healthy so your quality of life improves.Now it’s time for the Super Bowl 50!  A huge event every year but even more exciting watching the historic 50th!  It is events like these that can derail many people’s plans to stay on their “Get Healthy” plan.  You start with some pre-parties and then comes the big Super Bowl day.  The food choices are full of carbs and unhealthy snacks. And then you add a bunch of alcohol!  Many people can have some cheat days and fully recover but many of us get off track and then the bad habits return.  We then start eating poorly and making excuses not too exercise.  The funny thing is that most people will admit that they feel great when they lose weight and exercise but often get off track.  You can stay the course!

So I’m going to join you in making some good choices and share some ideas and recipes with you to get you through the Super Bowl Fun.

As far as the types of snack and foods, try and stay more with protein and less with carbohydrates.  This is especially true if you have diabetes.  So here a few healthy ideas for getting healthier tasty proteins and better carbohydrates. You can check out the recipes below.

In the meantime, I recommend that you plan your menu ahead.  If you rush at the last minute you are bound to end up eating un-healthy foods.  Another helpful tip is to eat a healthy satisfying small meal before you go to a party or before the Super Bowl and then you will not feel as hungry. When you drink alcohol really take it slow and alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. Also try to avoid sugar-filled mixed drinks.

The main thing is to have fun and get into the mindset that will keep you on track to lose your weight and get healthy. You will feel much better with foot, ankle and other joint pain. And keeping your diabetes well controlled will allow you to enjoy a much better life.

Enjoy the game and have fun! If you have too much fun jumping up and down yelling at the TV screen and hurt your foot or ankle, call us in Tampa at 813-875-0555 or check our website for foot and ankle problems at

Lemony Chicken Wings
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, tips trimmed off
  1. In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine vodka, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Add the chicken wings and mix to coat. Cover bowl or seal bag and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9- by 13-in. baking pan with two layers of foil. Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer in the pan, and pour the marinade evenly over all. Bake until meat is well browned and pulling away from the bone, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm.Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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Zucchini Fries
2 zucchini
1 egg white
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
Vegetable cooking spray
Preheat oven to 425°. Cut zucchini into 3-inch sticks. Whisk an egg white in a small bowl, and add milk. Combine Parmesan and seasoned breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, and place zucchini on sheet. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden brown