So, today I thought I would talk about a few tips for those nights where you may have had a glass or two too many to drink. This may seem topical in relation to the holiday season, but honestly, it was borne out of me having a drink too much last weekend and waking up slightly… let us say uncomfortable (ok, hungover) the next morning.
These tips to combat too much food/drink also work great if feel like your belly is simply too full. When you drink alcohol, oftentimes your hunger cues are turned down or your body thinks it needs a lot more food than it normally would. So – at least for me – having a drink too much oftentimes goes hand in hand with eating a bit too much food (but they obviously do not have to 😉.
Top Tips to Combat Too Much Food/Drink
No Guilt Around Food Or Drink
I feel like we (especially perhaps me as a woman) have gotten hammered into our brains that we should feel “guilty” whatever that even means when overconsumption happens (or maybe even in general) – eh I can’t. It was a lovely night, it was totally worth it and I want to enjoy the memories and the evening rather than feeling bad or “punishing myself” after. I have said this so many times before, yes, food is fuel, nutrients, something potentially disease-preventing. But it can also be enjoyment, fun, tasting great, and being delicious. And having some more food and drink from time to time that tastes great should never make you feel guilty. Ever.
As much as possible for that matter. I try to drink as much before bed as my tummy can still hold. Your body is likely dehydrated from the drink (and potentially salty food). Drinking water before bed (and then also the next day) reduces your chance of headaches and allows you to flush out any potential toxins. If you want to learn more – I have written an entire blog post with my Top Tips for Hydration.
Add Lemon (to your Water)
Lemon further helps to detoxify your body and it aids in getting those digestive juices flowing. It also makes your water taste a bit nicer – so already from that perspective, it is a win-win situation 😂.
Get Some Fresh Air
A walk in the morning will help with potentially alleviating any feelings of being uncomfortable and may also get your digestive tract going (speaking for me only here – you know, feeling bloated and still like your tummy is super full). The air can also clear any potential “fog” you may still be feeling 😉. If you do not want to go outside, a gentle yoga routine could also work nicely.
Greens, greens, greens
Green foods and cruciferous vegetables are great for detoxifying and for adding additional fiber to your diet (next to their amazing nutritional profile). A really easy way is to add baby spinach to your smoothie. Yes, it looks green, but you cannot taste it. Remember, it can be as easy as a side salad to add a bit more greens to your meals. Or you can look at the options I am providing you as the inspiration in this post 😉.
Do Not Skip Meals
This one is probably the least obvious one but – I find – one of the most important ones. If you skip meals because you are not hungry (yet), there will be a stage where you are over-hungry, and your blood sugar levels crash. And then there is a real chance that you eat everything in sight (and basically feel too full again). Eat something small and easy on the tummy if you are still full rather than skipping meals altogether.