Staying On-Plan at The Ballpark


As you may or may not know my spring, summer, and fall revolve around baseball. I am either watching the Orioles play at Camden Yards or my son Angus, who is 11 yrs old, plays travel baseball. Either way, I spend a lot of time at the Ballpark.

Staying on-plan with my nutrition while at the Park can be very challenging especially with so many tempting choices. The Yard loves to taunt me with its ice cold Natty Bohs, crispy yet ooey-gooey crab fries, crunchy kettle chips, and ... and ... Okay, you get the point. I'm surrounded by constant temptation.

During those double headers every Saturday and Sunday, you can imagine how easy it would be to give in to temptation, to fall victim to convenience, to grab a burger and fries, a dog and onion rings, or a pretzel and soda.

So what do I do? How do I stay on-plan while at the Park?

For Orioles games I make sure to plan my meals for the day so that I can have that ice-cold Natty Boh ... or two. I also make sure to plan ahead and bring a few things with me, including a few of my go-to snacks: mini Baby Bell cheeses, pre-cooked sausages, and nuts.

But I know I am never out of options if I am not prepared with my prepped foods. If I purchase food at the Park, I'll snag a bag of peanuts to shell at my seat, or head to the Boog's pit beef stand and order a double-meat, no bun sandwich with a side-salad instead of the chips. By having options and making the best of my situation by always having a plan, I can experience the Ballpark on my own terms, according to my lifestyle, on-plan.

The key here is accountability.

Ultimately, I always keep my goals in mind. I eat according to my goals, and I hold myself accountable for the choices I make. I can choose to not eat on plan or choose to. With proper planning, I can still enjoy the fun foods at any Ballpark while staying on-plan. I don't ever feel as though I am missing out because of my wellness goals.