How not to be sidelined after the big game

Feb. 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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CHICAGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Many people tend to overeat and drink on Super Bowl Sunday, but U.S. osteopathic physicians suggest ways to avoid being sidelined come Monday.

Rob Danoff, a board-certified osteopathic family physician at Aria Health System in Philadelphia, said while osteopathic physicians promote living a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods and getting plenty of rest, temporary over-indulgences shouldn't fumble a normally healthy lifestyle.

To cut through the post-Super Bowl fog on Monday, Danoff suggests:

-- Walk for at least 15 minutes after waking.

-- Drink 12 ounces of water to hydrate and wash out the high salt taste from all the snacks.

-- Fuel up with a high-protein breakfast, such as an egg white omelet, Greek yogurt with some almonds or walnuts sprinkled in, along with at least 12 ounces of water or seltzer water with lemon. The lemon scent increases stamina and elevates mood.

-- Mid-morning, fight fatigue with an apple and a dab of peanut butter, followed by a brisk 15-minute walk if you can take a break. Top it off with a cup of green tea to keep your mind and some cinnamon to increase your concentration.

-- If stuck working at a desk, stand and stretch, make phone calls while standing and walk in place.

-- For lunch, keep mind and energy levels steady with a salad of green leafy vegetables, carrot slices, small pieces of tuna and a clear soup.

-- After lunch, stand and stretch, take five good and deep belly breaths.

-- By mid-afternoon chew on pieces of celery along with a piece of string cheese to keep fueled.

-- Before commuting home have some tea or coffee, non- or lightly sweetened.

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