UT Dallas Magazine

Eating Well During Fair Season

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Fairs, including the State Fair of Texas, traditionally offer carnival rides, crafts, live music and plenty of novelty food. Despite the allure of corny dogs, cotton candy, tacos and deep-fried dishes, a visit to the fair doesn’t have to crash your healthy eating plan.

Taylor Tran, a registered dietitian and employee health program manager at UT Dallas, has some tips to stay on track with healthy eating while enjoying your time at the fair.

  • Don’t go hungry. Curb cravings and avoid overeating by having a meal or snack in advance.
  • Share with others. Try multiple items without going overboard by splitting dishes with your friends or family.
  • Indulge a little. Specialty foods are part of the fair’s appeal, so don’t deprive yourself. Just be mindful of portion sizes.
  • Be accountable. Know what you are eating and make healthy choices when you can. It’s not the end of the world if you eat horribly one day.
  • Stay active and enjoy other activities. Visit the livestock and crafts buildings. Enjoy a concert or take in the midway rides. There’s more than food at the fair!

“It’s OK to enjoy the fair and try a few food items, but focus on sharing happy memories and fun activities with your family and friends,” Tran said.