Post-Party Survival Plan


Our post-party survival plan will help you feel better and get you back in a healthy-eating frame of mind.
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Get Over It!

If enjoying all the goodies at last night's party left you feeling anything but jolly, don't despair. One too many cups of high-octane eggnog or that second piece of pie may have given you a headache or an upset stomach, but it needn't sabotage your weight-loss or fitness goals, or plunge you into a cycle of overeating.

The morning-after effects of overeating can range from the merely annoying (think tight waistbands) to serious tummy troubles. Here, how to recover when you indulged in . . .

Too much fat

Eating rich desserts, such as cheesecake or ice cream, can overload your system and cause nausea and diarrhea -- especially if you've been on a low-fat diet, reports Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., adjunct assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food studies at New York University, in New York City. At the very least, you'll wake up feeling fatigued and full.

The solution: Drink lots of fluids, ideally water, to aid digestion. Eat something light and low-fat, such as fruit and cereal with skim milk. If you're queasy, toast with honey can help settle your stomach. If you have diarrhea, stick with bland foods and steer clear of fruits and vegetables.

Avoid: Starving yourself, which can worsen nausea and -- once you get hungry again -- kick-start the cycle of overeating.

Too much salt

If you couldn't keep your hand out of the potato-chip bowl, you're probably feeling thirsty and bloated, says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of the sports-medicine nutrition program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The solution: "Consume lots of liquids early in the day -- to help flush out the fluids that salt retains," says Bonci. Good choices: water and chamomile tea, which is a natural diuretic.

Avoid: Salty fluids, such as tomato juice and high-sodium soups, spicy foods (the spices often contain added salt) and soda.

Continued on page 2:  Too Many Carbs; Too Much Alcohol

 

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