Inside: I’m going to share with you how I got over a massive holiday sugar hangover and how YOU can too!
Thanksgiving day was great! My family and I shared lots of good food, laughter, and fun with my new son-in-law, and his family.
And when I tell you I GORGED on sweet potato pie, banana pudding, apple pie and cheesecake… I am NOT exaggerating!
Yep, it was a good day.
However, the day after Thanksgiving? Not so good.
I. felt. like. CRAP! Super groggy, terrible headache, and I just wanted to stay in bed the entire day.
I didn’t know what the h*!! was going on, but all I kept thinking was, “I feel hungover.”
Now, while I’ve had alcohol before, I’ve never experienced an actual hangover from it. But based on what I’ve heard of them, I’d suffice it to say, what I experienced was pretty darn close.
I wasn’t sure if a sugar hangover was an actual thing or not so, I “Googled” it and sure enough, it WAS!
What IS a “sugar hangover”?
Basically, a sugar hangover is when your body has had a major sugar overload.
This can especially happen if you’re not used to eating a lot of sugar and suddenly, you binge out on sugar-containing foods or beverages.
I feel it important to note that I’m not talking about the sugar crash you get when you get a sugar high, and then crash and burn.
I’m talking about when you really overdo it, and the AWFUL way you feel the next day!
I try to stay away from sugar unless it’s in the form of unrefined, natural sweeteners.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always succeed at that. I’ll sometimes have the occasional bowl of cereal or a piece or two or three of candy. But for the most part, in my day-to-day eating, I don’t do a lot of white sugar.
But during our family dinner, I ate a LOT of sweet stuff and lots of high-carb, grain-based foods such as dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you grew up) and rolls.
And, as I mentioned, the next day I was a hot mess.
So, what did I DO to get rid of the sugar hangover?
I wasn’t really sure what I should do. All I know is… I just followed my gut and worked with some items I, thankfully, had on hand and it, thankfully, worked.
The first thing I did was drank water… LOTS of water, all throughout the day, to help flush my system.
I took a colon cleanse capsule the night before the hangover so that it would get me “going” at least by later that evening and help my digestive system along.
I made & drank a cup of coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can forego this step – but I read that the caffeine DOES help.
After that, I ATE something. I was starting to feel a little better, but began feeling even better than that once I put some food in my stomach.
Naturally I did NOT eat sugary stuff, which would only add to the problem – I stuck with turkey, chicken, and greens.
Then I took a liver detox capsule because, believe it or not, sugar can affect the liver much in the same way that alcohol can. Plus, when you eat too much sugar your pancreas goes into overtime producing insulin.
The liver capsule I took actually helps the liver, thyroid, AND pancreas!
I didn’t have any, but I would have also taken a digestive enzyme & probiotic, not only the day of the sugar hangover, but also prior to my eating binge in order to help break down all the carbs and sugars.
But I had given my last one to my daughter’s mother-in-law because she was in dire need of relief from some digestive distress that started 2 weeks prior. She excitedly called me exclaiming how well it worked and how much better she felt after taking it, so I’m glad I gave it to her.
- Drink plenty of WATER – adding lemon may make it even more effective
- Take an herbal colon cleanse to help your digestive system begin to clean out – even better to take the night before
- DRINK WATER
- Drink a cup of coffee – if you’re not a coffee drinker, have tea instead
- DRINK WATER
- Take this digestive enzyme & probiotic before (or at least after) you indulge in the offending foods
- DRINK WATER
- EAT something – NO sugary food. Fresh fruit is fine, but non-starchy veggies are even better
- DRINK WATER
- Take this liver cleanse capsule with that meal
- Did mention, DRINK WATER?
Now in case you’re saying…
“Well gee Cherie, little too late with some of these products you’re recommending. I don’t have ANY of those on hand”
It’s cool… if you’re in the sugar hangover funk NOW, do the best you can!
You have water, so drink water…
Drink some coffee or tea…
If you don’t have a good probiotic & enzyme on hand, eat some Greek yogurt. Don’t have that either? Run out and get some if you can or have someone get it for you.
Can’t do that either? Forget about it! Go on ahead and eat some food, then lie down and rest up!
The whole idea of the product recommendations is so you can get them NOW and have them on-hand for the next time.
And PLEASE don’t view these tips as a “pass” to just go all out on a regular basis! You don’t want to make a habit of abusing your body in such a harsh manner.
But the tips are here if and when you ever need ’em!