Step 4.The Bachelorette Party
Your Goal Before: To eat and hydrate well so you can bounce back from late-night festivities.
The Goal After: To detox post-party if the food and drinks are super indulgent.
Let’s be real—a night out with your bridal party will probably involve several rounds of cocktails. But if you’re worried about all that alcohol, a great way to manage how yucky you feel the next day is to alternate alcoholic drinks with nonalcoholic drinks. Likewise, Gannon suggests other easy tips: “Drink water before, during and after you go out; try a wine spritzer or other drink that replaces some of the alcohol with water; and have a balanced meal with a good protein source before your night.” Don’t worry, this last tip won’t hinder you from feeling nice and buzzed—it’ll just slow the absorption of alcohol into your system (which is a nicer way to get the job done).
First things first: Start the next day with a big glass of water to rehydrate and get things flowing. “I would also recommend a squeeze of lemon to stimulate your digestive system to help flush out anything left over from the night before,” Youkilis says.
If you’re doing brunch the next day, opt for fare that feels rich and satisfying, but that’s still packed with the good stuff (aka skip the double bacon, egg and cheese—sorry!). “An omelet topped with sliced avocado, whole-grain pancakes with diced fruit, or veggie hash with sweet potatoes and eggs can be satisfying and help you bounce back after a night out,” Gannon says. How could you say no to a post-party menu like that?
Green and Clean
We know—the first thing you crave after a night of tequila shooters probably isn’t a bowl of spinach and kale. But just hear Youkilis out: “Greens naturally detoxify your liver, blood and respiratory system and are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They also contain tons of fiber and beautiful chlorophyll. Add healthy fats like avocado or olive oil to maximize nutrient absorption.” So, if you’re up for it, add these power greens where you can: in an omelette, a green smoothie or a big, satisfying salad for lunch or dinner.
Thank you to: Maggie Seaver, Amy Gannon, nutritionists, program manager and chief coach of eCoaching and Robyn Youkilis, author of Go With Your Gut