Mardi Gras is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year for Tulane students, and the rest of New Orleans. People from all over (shoutout to Emory) come to NOLA to revel in the debauchery, celebrations and traditions surrounding the festive holiday. The days are filled with fun parties, great friends, crazy outfits and drinks on drinks on drinks. Naturally, maintaining your healthy lifestyle will take a backseat for the next 5 days. But don’t fret, THE SWEAT SCENE has created a guide to help you stay on track (at least somewhat…).
1. Mardi Gr…ocery Shopping
Stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks can help you avoid ending up in line at Boot Pizza with 100 other people. Some essentials to have in your kitchen (or dorm room) are sliced turkey, popcorn (for late night drunchies), healthy frozen meals (Amy’s meals are a great option), veggies, fruits, nuts, yogurt, and protein bars.
2. Pack your fanny
Mardi Gras is a marathon, not a sprint. Know that when you leave for the day, you most likely won’t be back for hours. Remember to bring your charged phone, money and ID, a plastic bag filled with nuts, and a protein bar. When you’re drunk, hangry and miles away from your stocked fridge, you’ll be happy to have these snacks to hold you over, keep you going, and give you enough energy to rally.
3. Drink up
We know that you’ve had your fair share of Hurricanes, but can you remember the last time you drank some water? Force yourself to drink a bottle every two hours, or for extra brownie points (or BEADS!) alternate your alcoholic drinks with water. Not staying hydrated while drinking is a HUGE no-no, and can also make you think that you’re hungrier than you actually are. Hunger and thirst signals are interpreted in the same parts of your brain, so it’s easy to get the two confused.
4. Healthify your cocktail
When choosing your chasers, avoid high calorie fruit juices and sodas. Stick with iced tea, club soda or light juices. Bai drinks are an amazing option for chasers—they’re 5 calories per bottle, infused with antioxidants (hangover prevention), and come in a variety of flavors. When ordering a drink at The Boot, try to avoid the famous hurricanes (even though they are delicious and taste like actual candy). They are loaded with sugar and will give you a worse hangover the next day (TRUST US), so opt for a vodka soda with a splash of fruit juice! Check out the recipes below for some healthy drinkspiration:
- Serves 1
- 4 ounces fresh tomato juice (look for low sodium!)
- 2 ounces fresh carrot juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- ½ tablespoon cracked black pepper
- ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 ounces of vodka
- Garnish of choice (celery, lime wedge, carrot, asparagus, sprig of rosemary)
*To make it spicy, add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce!
5. Get some rest and then #GETSWEATY
So you’ve been up for pretty much 24 hours (or basically 5 days) straight. Tequila Sunrise has come and gone, and the adrenaline is beginning to fade. The moment Zulu ends, you (and the rest of the city) plan on crashing, getting in bed and not moving for a week. Instead of giving yourself an excuse to stay off track, take a day or two to get the rest you need, but then get back into your routine. Go to a yoga class on Wednesday, and slowly ease your way back onto the machines at Reily. Your body and mind will feel much better if you get yourself moving and start eating well-balanced meals again! It will take a few workout classes to sweat out all of the alcohol and a few nights of sleep to finally recover, but if you do it right, you will be feeling Post-Mardi fab in no time.