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One of my favorite things about being a health and wellness expert is that I know a bunch of remedies for when I want to do really stupid things. For instance, if I were to eat an entire block of cheddar cheese, I have some herbal remedies that makes it possible for me to do this without several days worth of unfortunate consequences. While I can’t make stupid choices for my body all the time (although, I love to try!), I can use my knowledge to help me get away with some things.
We all react differently to alcohol. For some of us, there are no after effects to having a few drinks. For others, it can range from constipation to diahrhea to a crazy headache to vomiting and nausea. Or, depending on what you had to drink and how many - all of the above. Or, if you’re lucky, none of the above <and now we can’t be friends ;)>.
I love red wine. An Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the end of a long day is like hanging out with a friend who really gets me - but my body is not a fan. If I have one glass in the afternoon, then I’m generally fine. If I have more than one glass or drink later in the evening then the following will happen (warning, some of this information may be considered an ‘overshare’): I will be able to fall asleep but will wake around 1 or 2am fully awake like it’s freaking morning. I will have intense cramping, the kind where you are praying to fart just so it stops hurting. And then there is generally some kind of bowel issue that I won’t get into. No nausea or headaches. But this is all very inconvenient, especially when I’m trying to work at my best the next day. And I get some version of this with white wine, beer, and mixed drinks too, (I’ve done extensive personal research in my quest to find a solution).
The easiest solution, obviously, is just for me not to drink alcohol. Which, admittedly, is what I do most days because the consequences are so annoying. I drink a glass of wine about once a week. More on vacation and around the holidays. What makes me most mad about all of this is that I don’t get to just enjoy a glass of red wine paired perfectly with a meal I just cooked. Or try new wines when I’m out to eat. I used to love wine pairing and trying new wines and saying snobby things like, “I detect a hint of cranberries and juniper.”
So, when I know I’m going to drink, like at a party or on vacation, I’m ready to go. Yes, I pack everything below to go on vacation, and what I can’t pack I generally grab at a local grocery store or a friendly restaurant.
Dear Body, I’m going to do some stuff later that you may not be like. But I love you, so I’m going to help to prepare you throughout the day. Please don’t hate me.
Dear Body, I am so sorry for last night. Seriously, I had fun but I can feel that you did not. I feel kinda bad about that - but I think we can make a quick recovery. Let’s do this.
Quick fixes to soothe your stomach after you’ve done something mean to it:
But for me, an evening of over-indulgence could include staying out late, eating lots of fried foods, eating lots of sugar, or drinking alcohol. All of these things disrupt my body and, the next day, my life. I know how my body reacts to different things and I weigh that knowledge before deciding what to do. I generally make a conscious decision to focus on one stupid behavior at a time. For instance, I would not eat a bunch of fried food AND drink alcohol. I would focus on one, savoring it. Check out how to savor here.
Next time you have a night over over-indulgence that results in something not-so-awesome the next day, consider the following questions:
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