If you have eaten and drunk too much, these simple teas and drunk remedies will help speed your recovery.
Reduce Effects of Too Much Food & Alcohol beforehand: wash a persimmon then eat before the party. It will also speed your recovery afterwards.
Drunkenness or overeating: drink strong black tea with no milk or sugar, to clear breath and counteract the acid in your system. Boil one apple’s peel for 5-10 minutes, drink the resulting tea and eat the peel before and/or after your party.
Hangover drunk remedies: congee is a Chinese rice porridge that is easy to make by cooking 1 cup of rice for at least one hour, in 9 cups of water, with a teaspoon of salt. Stir frequently, until it has a creamy, thick texture.
Too Much Rich Food: eat black olives and pickled vegetables, then eat a lot of watermelon. This acts as a natural diuretic and laxative and speeds your digestion.
Food Poisoning: 10 tsp mung bean flour, 6 pieces liquorice bark. Boil, then drink the resulting tea. This will help your body get rid of the poison more quickly.
I love Christmas parties because it’s a great time to catch up with friends and chat with colleagues, but it can be challenging when you are trying to take care of your health and treat your body kindly.
It’s always important to exercise moderation in your eating, drinking and partying, but when you are faced with a month or so of non-stop temptation it’s even more important than when it is only happening occasionally. Since I know how miserable you can feel when sluggish, bloated, and even hungover, this month’s issue focuses on some simple ways to ease the effects of over-eating and over-drinking.
Party celebrations are important. They remind us of everything we need to be grateful for, and I’m not suggesting you go around saying, ‘I don’t eat this or that.’ Enjoy yourself and help other people have a good time too … but don’t be excessive.
Across all cultures eating and drinking together is an integral part of celebration. My approach is to manage it the best way I can, and keep the ingredients on hand to make up restorative teas. If I’ve really gone to town and I’m feeling miserable, then I know that an acupuncture session will provide incredibly quick relief so I book in for a Chinese Medicine treatment as soon as possible.
The really important thing is to keep your focus on the people around you, and enjoy their company – even if that does mean eating and drinking more than usual. I’m incredibly thankful for the year that has almost passed, and for the family and friends who have made it special. A bit of extra indulgence to celebrate it is totally worthwhile!
So, thank you for supporting BnH in 2014, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015. Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.