The Morning After
Did you overindulge last night? Not feeling so hot this morning? We’ve all been there – more than once.
Tired of feeling disgusting after a night of fun I did a little digging and a bit of experimenting and developed a fantastic set of tips that not only help make the day after a fun night out suck a little less but also do some damage control on those less than stellar choices you made.
The next day really starts the night before.
Drink a glass of water, maybe take some aspirin and make sure to remove as much of your makeup as you can.
Once you wake up, start the day with 12 oz. of water mixed with lemon and a teaspoon of honey. I add a dash of cinnamon, ginger and turmeric for added health benefits; I also add a sweet n’ low to make it more enjoyable for myself.
Liquids are your friend since re-hydrating is important and it helps flush toxins from your system, so, next up is 16 oz. of green tea with breakfast. I have this with my coffee since I like it too much to give up ;)
The most important meal of the day…
Speaking of breakfast, though pancakes or a breakfast sandwich might be calling your name, your best bet is an omelet with lots of veggies! Coat your pan with a teaspoon of olive oil and try a filling of mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and spinach for a good mix of nutrients. If that’s too much, whether physically or mentally, try a piece of whole wheat toast with a seed or nut butter and some berries.
Along with breakfast, take an omega-3 supplement, a probiotic and some Vitamin D.
Sometime before, during or after breakfast, I also like to put a little effort into restoring my skin and so, once I’ve showered, I use hydrating under eye patches (E.L.F. makes great ones that are super affordable) followed by a mask and a hydrating cream (I love Clinique).
About 4 hours after breakfast you’ll want to eat lunch. A great option is fish; in these situations I like it simply with lemon and I love a side of avocado. I also like to drink ginger tea at some point during the day and lunch is a great time to have it. Along with lunch, I take another Omega-3 supplement.
For snacks throughout the day, or ideas for other small meals you really can’t go wrong with anti-oxidant rich berries, they are great; so are chopped up bell peppers or celery with seed or nut butter on it.
When in doubt, keep it simple.
The bottom line is you’re aiming to have 3 meals that are made up of half protein and half non-starchy vegetables with a high amount of potassium incorporated and 1000 mg of omega-3 at each meal plus 64-100 oz. of water. Adding ginger and a probiotic along the way has added benefits, so aim to incorporate them if possible.
Restore your skin, rest easy and don’t be too hard on yourself! You’re allowed to have fun so remember the good memories and that the after effects will be fleeting.