December 01, 2011
Be ready for your close up
Whatever the special occasion it is not just the hair, spray tan and shoes you need to think about. There are a few foods to avoid to make sure you keep yourself cool and calm, and looking your best.
Spicy hot foods and caffeine can activate your central nervous system to trigger sweat. These foods activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine and anything that stimulates these neurotransmitters can sometimes affect the glands that cause sweating.
Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener found in most diet products and sugar-free gum is difficult for your body to break down and can cause bloating and indigestion. Try a natural replacement, like frozen fruit such as grapes, strawberries or blueberries. Carbonated drinks contain carbon dioxide that makes your stomach expand so you look and feel bloated. Just drink water with a little lime or lemon. Also contributing to bloating are gassy vegetables, such as broccoli and beans. Keep these off your list a few days before your event.
Stick clear of high fat, greasy foods like pizza or rich cheese platters. These foods are hard for your body to break down and will leave you feeling sluggish and robbed of your hydration. Don't salt your food too heavily for the matter either, it makes you retain water and will leave your eyes puffy and your feet a little swollen.
Eat clean foods (oatmeal, almond milk, raw nuts, light salad and lean protein) a few days before and on the day of the event to not just look, but also to feel your best.