I used to want greasy food when I was hungover. I used to want greasy takeaway food and a day in bed watching trash tv. But I’ve recently found myself responding to hangovers very differently. Some of you might have seen that in my September Resolutions post I said going to more parties was one of this year’s resolutions, making this all the more relevant. And since I’ve found that it helps, I thought I’d share my nuggets of wisdom.
First of all, let’s tackle food. You want to eat greasy food before drinking, rather than after. This helps absorb the alcohol and stops it going straight to your head. And apparently it can actually help you avoid hangovers altogether. But let’s assume it’s now the morning after. The LAST thing you want is to eat crappy food. All this will do is make you feel even worse, as greasy, fatty food is not what your body needs at this time. In fact, it can actually make hangover symptoms worse. Here are my top tips:
1) Go with something home cooked. I know the last thing you want to do when feeling hungover is cool a meal, but trust me, it makes such a difference. There’s also the added bonus of getting life back to normal – you’ve already probably slept in longer than usual and taken in more calories, so you’ll be feeling groggy as hell anyway. Getting things back on track to feeling like yourself again is key at this critical time. Alternatively you might have a good friend or partner who can cook for you!
2) Go healthy and balanced. As you are probably all aware, I cannot get enough salad in my life, and I definitely recommend this as an option. However, it’s not the only option – fish is also very highly recommended, either as fillets or say in a pasta. Something like couscous would also be good. Basically colourful foods with lots of ingredients that are likely to replenish whatever vitamins you destroyed last night.
Now that food has been sorted, let’s move on to activities. Yes, doing something highly active is unpleasant, but as long as you take it easy it can also be very fulfilling. You’re going to feel like shit anyway, so you might as well get something done. Otherwise you’ll both feel terrible, AND guilty for being a lazy layabout. I’m talking tidying, laundry, ironing. I’m talking going for a 3 hour long hike. You may think I’m joking, but I’ve gone on many hungover hikes in my day and it’s a fantastic way to feel your usual self again without massively overexerting yourself. One thing I would NOT recommend under any circumstances is actually running. Save the gym for when you actually feel better.
Sleep is the last topic. My attitude to sleep differs in my attitude to the above topics, in that I don’t think you should try to snap back to normal straight away. In fact, sleep as much as you possibly can. If you need to take naps because you’ve woken up early for whatever reason, that’s ok! It’s the one thing I recommend properly committing to – you want to make sure you’ve had enough rest. This combined with the above is guaranteed to make you feel better.
So there you have it, my hangover tips! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these out and if so what you thought. If you’ve always stayed home eating Dominos then may I suggest trying out my method, and seeing for yourself whether you like it or not!