Best Ways to Cure a “Food Hangover”

I wish there were a catchier name than “food hangover”, but that is the best way I can describe that feeling after overindulging in mass quantities of food.  This tends to happen a lot around holidays, birthdays, and emotional periods in our lives.  Food hangovers happen after that second or third serving of pie or the constant week of grazing on brownies, mint cookies, deviled eggs, crackers and dip, and so on…

Those nights that we go to bed and look down at our stomach and wonder why we look 6 months pregnant (exception if you really are pregnant!) or those mornings we wake up and swear that another chin was added to our face.  It is so easy to beat yourself up and be ticked at your eating habits and then get down on yourself and google “3 day detox” or “quickest way to lose weight.”

Let me give you some free advice: stop beating yourself up over these indulgent periods.  It is not worth it!  Any negative energy that you are putting into your body is only going to make you and your body feel worse.  Instead, embrace your decisions and love that you took that indulgent time for yourself.  Be appreciative that you were allowed to indulge, that you are in a social or fiscal position that allows these indulgences.  Then be grateful for the fact that you get to move on and you get to slow down and appreciate cleaning your body out.

Need some recovery fuel?

Then let’s fuel you correctly.  Do not starve yourself, do not look for a dramatic detox, instead incorporate these tips into your day.

These are drinks, soups, and ideas to help the body cleanse itself.  Have fun with it, think positive about nourishing yourself!  I will avoid the in-depth reasons for these tips, but if you have any questions please feel free to comment below.


Sipping Cleansing Water

(Measurements are flexible)

16 oz filtered water

2 ounces raw apple cider vinegar (I recommend Braggs)

1 tbsp raw local honey, or manuka honey, grade B maple syrup, or coconut nectar)

Half of a large organic lemon or lime

1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan, or a good quality sea salt)

1 tsp organic cinnamon 

Other options to add in: organic turmeric, grated ginger, cayenne pepper

Directions: Shake all of the ingredients in a glass/BPA free plastic jar (I love a large mason jar) and sip throughout the day.


Dandy Detox Water

20 oz filtered water

1/2 tbsp pure unsweetened cranberry juice

1 dandelion tea bag

1/2 organic lemon

Directions: Brew the tea and then cool it.  Mix all the ingredients in a glass/BPA free plastic jar and sip throughout the day.


Tummy Turmeric Tea

Raw Turmeric sliced (appx 3″ slice)

Raw Ginger sliced (appx 2″ slice)

One lemon slice

Raw local honey (if needed)

Directions: Boil water, then add in turmeric and ginger and let boil for around 10 minutes.  Let it sit until drinkable, take out the floating ginger and turmeric and then add in honey if needed.  Great nighttime drink!


Green Juice

1 peeled orange

1 celery

2 handfuls of spinach

Directions: Put all ingredients in a juicer together and drink up!  Could also throw in a high power blender.


Liver Detox Juice

1 medium beet root, peeled (can be rough peeled if organic)

1 organic red apple

2 whole organic carrots

1″ ginger

4 stalks celery

Small handful of parsley

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a juicer and drink up!


Bone Broth Latte

Chicken bone broth (recipe for easy broth)

1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee

1 tbsp raw local honey

1 tsp organic cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions: Warm bone broth on the stove then add broth and all ingredients into a blender (I use a ninja) and mix for about 20 seconds, it will be foamy and delicious.


Winter Weightloss Soup

(From Dr.KellyAnn)

4 unpeeled carrots, cut into rounds

2 stalks celery, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium tomato, cut in half

1 clove (the spice)

5 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

3 1/2 pounds of bones (knuckles, joints are great)

2 dried bay leaves

2 tsp kosher or sea salt

2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (Braggs is best)

4 cups cabbage, sliced like for coleslaw

3 tsps of dried dill

1/2 tsp black pepper

salt to taste


1. Place all the vegetables, clove, garlic, bones, and bay leaves into a slow cooker. Sprinkle on the salt, drizzle with vinegar, and add enough water to cover everything by at least one inch.

2. Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low. (crock pot is great)

3. As the broth cooks, use a shallow spoon to carefully skim the film off the top of the broth. When done, optionally, pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids and bones. Taste the broth and add more salt as needed.

4. The broth will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in your freezer.

5. Take warm broth an now add in cabbage, dill, black pepper, and salt.  Let cabbage soften and enjoy!


Here is a good “day after” plan…

1. Wake up and give thanks that you are alive!

2. Now go warm up some water and drink some warm water with 1/4 of a lemon in it

3. Have a bone broth latte for breakfast

4. Make a Sipping Cleansing water and sip on it through the morning

5. Have a morning snack of a green juice

6. Drink approximately 32 ounces of filtered water with some sea salt sprinkled in it between snack and lunch

7. For lunch: Make a salad with lots of green veggies, beets, and quinoa on it.  Top with a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.  Make a cup of bone broth to go with your salad.

8. Drink approximately 32 ounces of filtered water with some sea salt sprinkled in it between lunch and snack

9. For snack have dandy detox water and liver detox water

10. Drink approximately 32 ounces of filtered water with some sea salt sprinkled in it between snack and dinner

11. For dinner: Have a nice big bowl of winter weight loss soup.

12. Drink approximately 32 ounces of filtered water.

13. For a night cap make a tummy turmeric tea

Now this is just a guide, make it work for you.  The combination of salads, juices, and detox drinks will help clean out any over indulgences and will help you lose any excess bloat. Take a walk, stretch, and sweating in a sauna is great. Remember to take time when eating your food, always take extra time to chew so that your food becomes liquid before you swallow it.

If you need more individual attention then I am here.


About the Author:

Ali Anderson is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in Charleston, SC. She works with autoimmune and digestive disorders along with improving relationships with food. Ali is such a big fan in of the power of foods like bone broth so she started a bone broth company called Abundant Broth along with a 100% pure bone broth protein powder company called Blitz Fire Nutrition. Ali is a former 9-1-1 dispatcher and member of the SWAT team and is passionate about working with our military, police, firefighters/ems – her goal is to make nutrition accessible to the heroes of our country. You can learn more at

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