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Tips for a Happier, Healthier Mardi Gras

Ready for the Revelry?

Mardi Gras is the ultimate party, right? It wasn’t always focused on fun.

Louisiana’s fête has its roots in medieval Europe when Carnival struck a more serious tone. Communities came together for a communal meal, acknowledging the scarcity of food in the remaining weeks of winter and expressing hope for spring’s abundance.

Let your Mardi Gras carry an air of self-care. Enjoy the spirit of the season without sacrificing your health.

Be prepared to celebrate.

Do you go a little parade crazy this time of year? If you plan to be streetside, you’ll want to get some things together:

Sunscreen

This year, Mardi Gras falls on the last day of February, the 28th. Thanks to South Louisiana’s ever-changing weather, it could be sleeting or sunny. Don’t skip the sunblock, even on cloudy days. Damaging UV rays are still beaming down on us.

Water

How much? One rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces every day. If you’re more active than usual — say, catching beads — you’ll want to drink even more.

Snacks

Choose on-the-go eats that feature potassium. This essential mineral is important for vascular health. Potassium helps nerves and muscles communicate and it’s essential for normal cell function. What to pack? Nuts, bananas, citrus fruits and dried fruits.

The right chair

Standing — or sitting — for long periods is detrimental to vascular health, so mix it up. Choose a chair that’s lightweight, folds easily for travel, and is easy to get in and out of.

Alcohol

Choose adult beverages with lower alcohol content, such as light wine, beer or hard cider — and drink responsibly.

Our experts are available to guide you to good health choices. Whenever it’s appropriate, Southern Vascular Clinic offers minimally invasive procedures to treat problem veins. We also provide comprehensive diagnostics and vascular care.