Have you ever had a night when you drank way too much alcohol?? And you’ve told yourself “I am never doing this again!”?? But it happens again. Maybe not as severe as that one night but it still happens! It’s a part of our society. Regardless of your age, educational achievements or professional accolades social drinking is an acceptable part of our culture.
I’m not going to tell you to refuse to drink alcohol because absolute restrictions don’t work. I will tell you that it is best to exercise moderation - but that is not surprising because moderation is something that is to be exercised for everything. I will let you in on what’s going on in your body when you experience a hangover and what foods you need to eat in order to kiss your hangover bah-bye!!
So you have a hangover - this is what’s really going on in your body.
Varying degrees of dehydration (you already knew that one!)
Gastro-intestinal symptoms - nausea to vomiting to stomach aches etc
Mineral and electrolyte imbalances
Dilation of your blood vessels, causing headaches and flushing of your skin
Exhaustion due to inadequate sleep and/or poor quality sleep
A quick science lesson - alcohol is metabolized in two stages. In the 1st stage the alcohol (ethanol) is metabolized by a group of enzymes into acetaldehyde, which is a toxic and carcinogenic substance. In the 2nd stage, the acetaldehyde is broken down into acetate, which is harmless. Some people, like those of Asian and American Indian ancestry, may have more difficulty with the 2nd part of the process - hence the “Asian Flush” some of your friends may joke about.
Now you have a hangover! Take these steps to significantly lessen or cure your hangover. This is my tried and true method.
Eat up Healthy Fats! Organic, cage-free eggs and avocados are my Go To foods for this.
Greens - Lots and lots of fresh, organic green veggies to aid your liver in detoxifying your body. Fresh smoothies with lots of kale and spinach or add swiss chard and spinach to your omelette! The greens have lots of vitamins and minerals, which your body needs to restore itself.
Kombucha - it’s a fermented tea beverage that is loaded with probiotics, antioxidants, enzymes and B vitamins. Remember the goal when you’re hungover is to restore and replenish and your tummy needs this!
Water - lots and lots of water with organic lemons squeezed into it! The lemons aid your body in detoxification and boost hydration.
The combination of these 4 things will have you feeling good as new and you will still remain on the right path to achieving your health and wellness goals! How does it get better than that?? :)
Eat this… (In the above picture I chose to fry/poach the eggs instead of making them frittata style - if you choose this method cook for 10 minutes or until the yolk is cooked to your liking. Either version is delicious!)
Swiss Chard & Spinach Frittata
1 bunch organic swiss chard, chopped coarsely
1 bunch organic spinach, chopped
½ onion, diced
4 eggs, organic and cage-free
Himalayan sea salt, to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil
4-5 slices, organic fresh mozzarella cheese (optional)
=>Start by warming the coconut oil over medium heat in a 10” frying pan. Add the onions with a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt. When the onions are getting translucent, add the swiss chard and cook it down for ~2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook it down for another 1-2 minutes. (It will look like a lot of greens but it will cook down nicely) Sprinkle the remaining Himalayan sea salt to taste. In a large bowl, beat the eggs well. Add the eggs over the greens. (Add the fresh mozzarella cheese, if you’re choosing to use it) Cover and lower the heat to low-medium setting. Cook for 15-20 minutes (until the frittata rises). Portion out or slide the entire frittata onto a large plate. Garnish with ½ avocado, more if you prefer. This recipe can feed 1-2 people, depending on how hungry the people. Enjoy!!
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