Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Hangover ...

We all know what happens on New Years, so here are some tips to help you prepare for the morning after.

The reason why one gets a hangover is that your body - your liver in particular - is not able to process and metabolize the break down products from the alcohol quickly enough. In addition to needing enough enzymes, the liver also needs water to process and get rid of the toxins. When supplies run low, it takes water from other organs, including the brain. This is why alcohol is so dehydrating, and why you can wake up with a throbbing headache (and a dry mouth) from drinking too much." 

"It is thus essential to drink a lot of water while drinking and before you go to bed... it can prevent a hangover or at least lessen one." according to Dr.Frank Lipman

Tips for the day of the big party:

1.  Feed your body some healthy proteins and good carbohydrates (like quinoa, fish, chicken breast, vegetables) as your body will need these for fuel the next morning.
2.  Drink 4-6 extra glasses of water to be sure you are well-hydrated.
3.  Take Vitamin B complex.

Tips for the day after the big party:

1.  Avoid getting over-heated which will cause further dehydration. Avoid heavy exercise as well as too much sun exposure.
2.  Drink plenty of cool fluids including electrolytes if possible to rehydrate and cool the body down (ex. Gatorade, coconut water).
3. Regular ginger ale can help because people often have low blood sugar with a hangover and ginger also helps with nausea. Low blood sugar is what sometimes causes the shakes.
4. Alka-Seltzer can help settle the stomach while also providing aspirin for pain relief.
5. Go to bed early so that your body can replenish the hormones produced during sleep that you probably missed out on the night before.

B Vitamins that can help you recover from or even avoid hangovers.
Drinking depletes the body of essential vitamins and nutrients. When your system is overtaxed with too much alcohol, it can leave you feeling extremely run down. The high potency B- can help restore energy levels after a night of alcohol indulgence. The body utilizes B vitamins when under stress. Replenishing with a potent B Complex can help you shorten the duration of your hangover and significantly reduce symptoms. :)

If you find yourself having had a little too much to drink here are a few tips to help you avoid getting that nasty hangover:
1.            Don't mix your drinks: Try to stick to wine or champagne as these will tend to make you feel less bloated and tired the next day. 

2.            On the rocks: If you are going to have something harder, fill your glass with ice first as this will dilute the alcohol content of your drink. Mixers and fruit juices are also a good way to boost the body's sugar levels, which get depleted with alcohol. 

3.            Rebalance your system: Take Vitamin B complex and an 1,000 mg Vitamin C tablet with a big glass of water before going to bed. If you can try to have a little snack before heading off to bed - Bananas are a good source of sugar and potassium; they are also a natural antacid as they are high in magnesium, which can help relax those pounding blood vessels causing that nasty headache. Try a pure almond butter, and banana sandwich on toasted 100% sprouted bread.

Perhaps the least healthy choice, but sometimes unavoidable - at times, just a little of last night's poison does the trick.

Hair of the Dog Remedy

1 oz. vodka

2 oz. Clamato Juice
1 dash lemon juice
2 dashes salt - 2 dashes black pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Stir all ingredients together in a tall glass

Happy New Year - May 2012 be your best year yet!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last Minute Ideas for New Years Eve Wedding

Getting Married this New Year's Eve? To help those clever couples put the finishing touches on their NYE weddings here are a few little ideas to help you celebrate InStyle

Make a coffee station a highlight. This is useful for guests who are not used to staying up late. Consider having an espresso or cappuccino machine set up as well. Include candy sticks to stir the coffee, whip cream and chocolate shavings. Having a dedicated barista is a nice touch for a New Year's Eve wedding. 

Set up a party supply table. Pile on noise blowers, party hats, confetti, streamers and even feather boas and funky glasses to use by the guests. The reception hall can be decorated with these colorful party items as well, or can be kept to a classic black and silver theme. As the night wears on the hall will become more and more festive as guests take it upon themselves to play with the party supplies. 

Set the stage for a midnight surprise. Have balloons and confetti placed in netting over the dance floor to drop at midnight. Set up a large clock or your fashion your own ball drop to mimic the events playing on a wide screen TV. Mute the TV and allow the DJ to count the seconds with your guests to keep it more personal. 

Make sure "Old Lang Syne" is in your DJ's collection and when the stroke of midnight hits, crank up the music and dance the rest of the night away. This will surely be a New Year's Eve that no-one will forget. 

From our family to your - Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Get married in Ottawa for only $199!

Out with the OLD NAME and IN WITH THE NEW just in time for Christmas! 8 days left to get married InStyle for only $199!

The concept of eloping has changed drastically over time. Nowadays eloping includes destination weddings, city hall ceremonies or intimate gatherings—basically anything outside of your "traditional" wedding. One benefit of having a celebration such as this is that it doesn't necessarily have to take as long to plan or cost as much to put together. Right now we at Weddings InStyle are offering the deal of a lifetime! For only one hundred and 99 dollars on weekdays, a Bride and Groom can say their vows in a romantic and intimate setting located in the heart of the historic Byward Market. That's less then a cost of a new pair of Uggs.

As City Hall Ottawa is posing to raise the cost of civil ceremonies, we are lowering our prices in time for the holidays.

Budgets are tight and the holidays are around the corner. Lately we have been hearing that alot people are living together as a married couple, sharing a mortgage, kids etc ... but just haven't made it "official" due to finances. 

Since starting this promotion we have been able to give the gift of love to so many couples who thought getting married was not affordable and they would need to keep on saving! Instead, they will be celebrating this holiday season as husband & wife!

We are taking appointments Monday-Friday 9-5. All you need to bring is your "significant other" and your marriage license. Leave the rest to us - candles, custom vows, an intimate setting ... and if you need we can even provide your witnesses!

For more information about our venue or this offer please visit us on Facebook or our website Weddings InStyle or call us directly at 613-440-4446

Be sure to tune into Rogers Daytime tomorrow, December 15th at 11am as we Marry another AMAZING couple InStyle live on the air - It's an RSVP you will want to make ... oh ya and have your kleenex's handy!

Much Love, Health & Happiness This Holiday Season from our InStyle Family to Yours!