Saturday, 28 September 2013

Curing a hangover

Hey Everyone,

Just in time for the weekend. 

Even though I am into my fitness and healthy eating I  also like to let myself go a little sometimes.  I try not to drink during the week (as you know from my weight loss post) but every other weekend I like to go out and have a good time. And unfortunately as it so happens there is usually a bit of alcohol involved.

As much as I enjoy the night before and vow that I will never ever drink again the next day, I keep doing it again and again. But I figured out how to quickly get over a hangover.

My hangovers depend on the drinks I had though and the worst for me is white wine and Jaeger-bombs.  My head feels like it's exploding and I can't even lift it as I would fall over and can't keep my balance at all. It's not funny at all and I know drinking is really not healthy. We all know that, why are we still doing it? I really don't know.

I am able to have fun without alcohol as well by the way. :)

I hate the feeling the next day, I usually wake up early as well and can't seem to get back to sleep even though I might have only slept 4 hours. This is driving me crazy. 
So when I get up and I feel like falling down again, I usually drink as much water as I can, but even that sometimes makes me feel so sick and I prefer squash or anything with sugar in it. 
All I actually just want to do is eat the biggest fry up or a Burger with loads of chips (fries). But then usually my healthy side of the brain kicks in and tells me to remember the calories from all the drinks the night before and the calories I would get through eating all that junk food on top of it.

Just like every year on my birthday (August), I had a great party with awesome people, amazing food (BBQ) and too many drinks. As always, I felt guilty the next day and pretty hungover (actually felt too sick to even lift my head off the pillow). As soon as I got up I drank as much water as I could and even juice but my head did not get any better. So I had to do what my flatmate and friend (big sister) Christine kept telling me to do for years and years, drink chicken, beef or vegetable stock, or make yourself a nice soup with noodles or vegetables inside. I know that's really not what you want to do at that moment, but it did help me and my friends that day big time.

Back home in Austria, I remember we always had soup for lunch on a Sunday, so I guess that's why I never felt that bad after a night out, but never noticed it. I just thought it is getting worse with age. ;)

That Sunday I was so desperate, I was willing to try anything but because I was naughty with alcohol and food the night before I really wanted to cure this hangover in a healthier way.
And after the soup (and a bar of chocolate -  I have to lift my mood somehow), the spinning in my head vanished and I no longer felt sick.

As soon as I felt better I went for a short run. Call me crazy but that's so worth it. Trust me, any sports is on of the best cures for a hangover. I have done this a few times before, back in the days when I trained for my first and second marathon.

My tips for curing a hangover:

1) Drink loads of water before you go to bed. Hydrates your body and especially your brain. (drinking alcohol dehydrates your body a lot - that's why you get head aches or dry lips the next day)
2) Drink a pint of squash when you get up, followed by some more water.
3) Make yourself a nice portion of clear soup. Either drink a pint slowly or eat it as a soup with noodles or vegetables.
4) Drink herbal tea.
4) Get out into the fresh air, this will also lift your mood.
5) Sweat out the alcohol. Go for a run, as bike ride, to the gym or anything else that gets you sweaty. You might not want to do that right now but you'll feel a hundred times better after and can have a nice long nap without feeling sick.

6) If nothing work I'll take pain killers. ;)

If you want to know more about what alcohol can do to your body, please visit Drinkaware. Please drink aware and be careful it can have long term effects on your body.

How do you cure your hangover? 

Gisi xxx


  1. I'm not a big fan of drinking water, but I always found that helped, one or ideally two pints before you go to bed, basically more water than you're really comfortable drinking in one go, but it really helps in the morning.

  2. Yes, I know that is one of the most effective methods.


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