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I'm hungover... from FOOD!
Yup, the food hangover is real and it can last for days if you don't recognize what's causing it.
There are a few ingredients I try to avoid consuming, since my stomach has an extremely hard time digesting them and the after math is horrible. If my gut can't handle certain foods, how does the rest of my body handle it? Well, I can tell you that it's very similar to a hangover from alcohol -cue the next day headache, fatigue, bloating, and nausea- and it can linger if I don't replenish or detox my body with better food choices.
Ironically, there are a lot of people who live bloated daily, have ongoing cramps or indigestion. They've lived this way for so long and figured it's a "normal" feeling after eating. -now cue in the antacids and Prilosec.
I used to be that person who couldn't go anywhere without a roll of tums in my bag. I also used to hand it out like gum when people felt heartburn after a meal. To me, it was just a way of life and something I dealt with.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” - Randy Pausch
SO, because I couldn't change the way my body reacted to certain foods, I changed my habits. Honestly, I'm not going to tell you that I don't ever take tums, occasionally it's necessary, but I don't keep them in my back pocket anymore.
I learned to recognize and avoid my "hangover foods", I have also established better ways to cure the damage if symptoms arise. When I go on a trip where the food choices are fast and cheap, or if attend a holiday party where the selection of appetizers are heavy, I make a plan to hydrate well and moderate. I pack my own lunch for the trip ahead, drink probiotics, sip ginger tea or enjoy my Metabolism Cocktail to help keep my digestive system neutral (see recipe below).
Not sure what foods are causing your hangover? Keep a journal of what you eat for a few weeks and take notes when you feel crappy. If you notice a trend in when you get headaches, acid re-flux or other unpleasant side effects, the food you wrote down prior is probably the culprit. Limit the culprit from your diet for at least 3 weeks and see if you feel better.
The word cocktail is fitting right?
Don't get too excited, this drink is sans alcohol. Nonetheless, it still has a kick with a vibrant taste, and helps regulate your digestive system for a happy belly. It also has Apple Cider Vinegar in it, which provides many benefits. Click here to learn the benefits!