Playoff baseball is in full swing here in Boston. The Red Sox are filling the city with hope, fear, excitement, sleepless nights and thankfully, a few deep exhales. Our beloved team is one big hard fought win away from winning a World Series title.
The stress of being a playoff fan can take a toll on the body and mind but in this case, the good outweighs the bad. Normal life is right around the corner. Enjoy the chaos while it lasts!
I decided to take an informal poll of my friends, family and co-workers about the influence of playoff baseball on their eating habits.
Here are the various types of playoff eaters. Can you relate? Feel free to add yours to the list.
Comfort food only: The game isn’t delivering fast enough relief. Bring on the chips, nuts, mac & cheese, nachos and beer. Your instant gratification comes in the form of food and drink.
Cereal for dinner: There’s no time to make a proper dinner and get in game-ready position on the couch. Your dinner preparation goes out the window. Cereal is foolproof.
Stress overeater: Your food-filled hand reaches your mouth over and over and the eyes stay firmly on the TV.
Steady stream of caffeine: You’re double-fisting Dunkin’ Donuts. All. Day. Long.
Too stressed-out to eat: Food, what food? The energy of the game provides you with ample nourishment.
Baseball food cravings: Your food choice is limited to hotdogs, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, pretzels, ice cream, beer and other highly nutritious food items found at ballparks.
Dial a dinner: Everything you eat is prepared and delivered by somebody else. Pizza is on speed dial.
Superstitious eater: The heck with variety. Stick with the food that you ate the night of the very first playoff win and DO NOT vary it. You might just be the reason why the team is winning. Oh, and your special socks. And your special chair. You’re clearly a big part of the reason for the winning season.
Status quo: You don’t do anything different from your normal routine. You’re asking how long this baseball stuff will go on. You could care less about sports and pretty much live under a rock to not understand what’s going on in Boston right now.
Go ahead; eat what you want and when you want. This is playoff baseball and it doesn’t happen all the time.
One more win. LET’S DO THIS!