Dedicated August 2021

Day-before events and Bloating on the wedding day

Michelle, on June 15, 2021 at 1:05 PM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 11

With 60 days left, my to-be in-laws surprised us with offering to host a rehearsal dinner. Initially, I was looking forward to a short, cocktail welcome for our of town guests and relaxation. But, now I'm worried the Chinese food dinner will make me bloated the next day. This happens to me now (my older age).

Does anyone have any non-extreme measures to ward off bloating? I know of dandelion tea (but may constipate) and eating a carb and dairy-free breakfast. I already have stopped drinking and reduced overall salt intake.

How is everyone else handling day-before events and looking fresh the next day?

Thank you!


Latest activity by Katherine, on June 30, 2021 at 2:02 PM
  • Maddie
    Devoted February 2022
    Maddie ·
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    I do not! but would also like to know as this is a common problem i have and something i'm worried will happen the day of

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  • C
    Super April 2020
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    I would avoid alcohol and drink as much water as possible. Skip rice at dinner and opt for protein and veggies.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    My best advice is don’t eat Chinese food. I’d pick a meal with less sodium.
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  • Nicole
    Devoted August 2022
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    I would avoid alcohol, salt and large meals. Drink plenty of water and eat small,balanced meals filled with veggies and lean meat. Try not to drastically change your diet too close to your wedding
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  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Drink lots of water and have a good filling protein and veggie snack before the rehearsal dinner, and just eat a bite or two of something.
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  • Ariel
    Savvy June 2021
    Ariel ·
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    Definitely drink lots of water!! I'm in the same boat, my stomach is so sensitive I get bloated very easily and I'm wearing a mermaid fitted dress....so it literally can't happen Smiley laugh I'm not drinking the night before, not eating any carbs or dairy and in the morning I'm drinking a green juice. Try to just stick to protein and veggies for the rehearsal dinner.

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  • Michelle
    Dedicated August 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Thank you all for your input! I may have to sneak in a pre-meal, meal as a Chinese dinner is both economical and cultural for this group.

    So now to get mentally ready for events 2 or even 3 days in a row.

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  • Christy
    Dedicated April 2022
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    I have serious issues with painful swelling/bloating after eating certain foods & sodium. If you’re bent on Chinese food, order steamed chicken (or whatever meat you want) & veggies & stay away from sauces. Keep your meal small (eat a lite meal beforehand if it helps). Avoid rice & the broccoli (I’ve never had an issue with broccoli, but obviously it’s a known culprit to cause bloating). Drink a lot of water before and after your meal (and the next morning as much as possible without having to pee every 5 minutes). These are things I find helpful, but they don’t help if I completely throw caution the wind (I end up swollen for at least 24 hrs & more often it’s a week before I’m back to normal). I will be very judicious in my food choices in the month leading up to my wedding primarily because I want to FEEL good.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    The key to staving off bloating is in what you eat, your hormones, and being well hydrated. Unfortunately Chinese food (most Chinese-American food at least, perhaps not the same with authentic Chinese food) tends to have a good amount of sodium and always gives me digestive issues. If you have to do Chinese, plain steamed chicken and broccoli (or other veggies that don't give you issues) would be a good bet. Sauces are going to have a lot of salt/sodium, and consuming those or fried foods are likely to cause you to be a bit bloated in the morning. Alcohol won't help the situation either.

    One thing you can very easily do is drink plenty of water. Water will help your body process the sodium and help flush it out of your system.

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  • molly
    Savvy August 2021
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    I've heard that gas-x helps with lower abdominal bloating..
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  • Katherine
    Just Said Yes August 2022
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    In addition to what the others have said about eating chicken and veggies (skip the salty sauce and rice) and drinking lots of water. Although drinking lots of water is important—going overboard or cutting out salt completely isn’t good either and can even be dangerous. Think lower salt—not no salt.
    For both of my following recommendations—definitely try these out at least 1 month ahead of time to ensure tolerance. Start taking a good probiotic. I recommend Garden of Life Once Daily Women’s. It helps with bloating and keeping my digestive system happy in general. On a similar vein—you could try Pineapple (Bromelain) or Papaya digestive enzymes supplements. Ask for recommendations at a local health food store and they can guide you.
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