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Overeating and Overindulging – what to do next?

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We all do it, even me!  Yes, we indulge just a little too much sometimes, more than we should I guess.

Chocolate fudge cake, biscuits, Krispie Kreme….okay I’ll stop there, I’m sure you get what I mean now.

Depending on our level of discipline and adherence to diet principles/goals, if we even have any, we may tend to “drift” off track at times, so what do we do in such an instance?

I guess we could just ignore it and wish it never happened, and become depressed and make ourselves feel guilty, right?

Or we could take a proactive approach and not feel so guilty?

The latter resonates better with me!

So here is a list of my four things to do when you overeat/over-indulge in something a little too much:

  • Digestive Enzymes

I can’t emphasise the benefits of taking a good digestive enzyme.  Our food is so processed, even the so-called “healthy” alternatives (which can sometimes be even worse!)  My personal favourite digestive enzyme supplement has to be the vegan digestive enzyme by solgar, you can either swallow them or chew them (don’t worry, they don’t have any bad aftertaste).  These will help digestive your food and hopefully allow your body to assimilate the nutrients more efficiently, putting less strain on your system.

  • Walk a 100 steps

I read this somewhere a long time ago in a book about Chinese medicine and Middle Eastern medicine, it makes the food sit in the bottom of the stomach apparently.  Either way I like this philosophy as it helps avoid the too relaxed feeling and sluggishness most commonly associated with eating too much (due to the endorphin production associated with high fat/carb meals)

  • Peppermint tea

Having peppermint tea at least half an hour after eating is great!  It helps with digestion of food, especially fats, by making the gallbladder release bile in order to break fat down into fatty acids.  It’s also great for acne prone skin and general wellbeing.

When I had really bad acne (or so I thought), I started taking a teaspoon of honey before and after I ate – you can imagine the looks I got!  Honey is an AMAZING substance!  Wow, truly a superfood in my opinion.  If you can get your hands on pure, raw, unfiltered, unheated honey, then by all means GET IT!  Honey has amazing effects on your stomach and body as a whole.  Whenever I’ve had a stomach ache, I’ve always slightly “overdosed” on some honey (say 7 tsps) and within 30 minutes I’m all fine (apart from the final visit to the bathroom).

 

Okay, so I hear you ask, do we do all of these at once?

Well depending on how naughty you have been, yes and no!You could pick and mix.For me, if I’m really paranoid that I may get a spot or two, I would usually have a digestive enzyme before or during my meal (or even at the end).  Have a teaspoon (maybe two if I’ve been really bad) of honey after the meal.  Walk 100 steps (probably in the house) and have a peppermint tea 30 minutes after eating.

I usually fall into this trap of “indulging” after training, where I feel slightly less guilty, though I try not to go off the track as things could go wild ;)

What are your “remedies” for such a situation?  Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Responses to Overeating and Overindulging – what to do next?
  1. Laxmi Singh
    August 6, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    I think walking 100 steps is the easiest way to digest what you over eated.

  2. Kalpana Rajagopalan
    September 16, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    What I have heard is that a walk of around 1 km, at a steady pace, after a good meal is very good to reverse over indulgence.

    But the question is what happens when we do snacking in the night. It is a very bad habit that I have.

    • the health blogger
      September 21, 2011 | 6:07 pm

      Kalpana, why do you consider snacking in the night bad?

      • Kalpana Rajagopalan
        September 22, 2011 | 2:58 pm

        Well, snacking in the night, I feel, is bad because:

        - calorie addition which is in excess of the total calorie that has been planned for the day

        - untimely eating upsets the digestive rhythm.

        With the consequences of increase in weight.

        • the health blogger
          September 26, 2011 | 11:11 am

          Kalpana,

          I agree with your first point, but not entirely sure about the second one.

          Thank you for the prompt response.

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