Pace yourself with the food you choose at the Houston Rodeo

A brightly-lit corn dog stand at a carnival at night.

Turkey legs, sugary drinks and mountain-high deep-fried foods, oh my!

Whether you are a veteran or a first-timer at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, there is no shortage of good food to indulge in. However, while there, a Baylor College of Medicine registered dietitian suggests it is best to pace yourself when surrounded by the awesome and tempting aromas.

Roberta Anding, registered dietitian and associate professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery, says it’s best to start your rodeo eating with the available meats and then end the day with desserts.

“If you are hungry once you walk into the rodeo doors, eat your protein first – a turkey leg, maybe some barbecue chicken. These items may be higher in fat, but they are less fat than the desserts,” Anding explained. “Protein is one of those food groups or macronutrients that stays in your stomach and helps keep you full longer.”

Another tip to consider at the rodeo is watching your food portions and not drinking your calories. Food on the rodeo grounds is known for being big. Anding says to think about sharing the foods you choose, like those built like a tower, with friends.

“Portion sizes always matter. Recommended portion sizes are a lot smaller than most people think, and what they serve you at the rodeo is not likely to meet recommendations,” Anding adds. “Pick something that you can try with a group of friends so that everyone gets a taste. This way, you still get to participate and eat something new, just not the size of your head.”

Overall, enjoy the food you decide to eat at the rodeo! Anding says to try to pre-shop your food options. “When you get in, walk around and take a look at the food vendors and decide what food you have to have. This way, you have a plan of what you want to eat, and at the same time, you can get your exercise steps in,” she said.

Learn about Baylor Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. To schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian, visit Baylor Family Medicine

By Taylor Barnes

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