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Jet Lag..any food or drink that help you recover?

Gosh, I feel like someone ran over me for the last 3 days and all I did was sit in an airplane for 6 hours...with a 3 hour time difference!
I kept hydrated but after my trip, cravings are for mac n' cheese, cheese tacos, pasta and other carb loving fav's.
What food or drink helps you power through.. besides the taco shops that I so crave..
Aloha

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  1. Hey Beach Chick, did you go to one of the Hawaiian Islands, by chance? When I visit there, I always try to make sure I hydrate -with water and only water despite my craving for cocktails to celebrate my vacation- on the plane, nap as much as I can and then eat a comfort food meal (plenty of carbs, alcohol) once I am down on the ground, then sleep and I am fine the next day. I have had friends who swear by staying up all night, drinking or eating whatever they feel like and letting themselves get exhausted is the best method, To each his or her own, I suppose. For me, the water is important because the air in the plane dries one out so. Hope you are enjoying/did enjoy your trip.

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    1. re: PersnicketyChicky

      Aloha PersnicketyChicky...love your Chow name!
      I usually booze it before in the airport lounge for that liquid courage and then water/ginger ale/coffee and sometimes wine if its a long haul to Europe...need something to swig that Ambien down. ; )

      queencru...Agree about hydrating too much that your schlepping to the horrid airplane bathroom!
      Max...put a 'do not disturb' sign on yourself...love that!

      This last trip, I just felt like someone body punched me and it took 4 days to recover..
      Gotta get myself a patty melt with extra thousand to really get my game back.

    2. I haven't found that keeping hydrated does that much for me. I just end up having to go to the bathroom so many times on a long trip that it makes the plane ride just that much worse. For extra long-haul flights, I usually don't sleep and that helps the jet lag. Usually I'll just have a coffee or something to keep me awake so I can go to bed at a normal time.

      1. I find that eating less before a flight will help a lot, especially for long trans-atlantic flights (NA->Europe).

        I eat a good breakfast on the day of the flight and less very little during the day and not at all in-flight; keep drinking water ( I also drink "ginger-ale", one of the only place I drink that ).

        And put a "do not disturb" sign on yourself!!.

        When landing, have a good but not excessive breakfast/lunch/dinner.

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        1. re: Maximilien

          I can't do the no eating- it's just WAY too long to go when you're talking a transatlantic/transpacific flight. A lot of big international airports aren't anywhere near the city center, so on top of the 7-14 hour flight, you're talking another 2-3 hours (or more) before you'll actually reach your final destination when you take into account customs and transit time. That's a best case scenario if you have no connecting flights. If you have to run from one flight to another or otherwise don't have enough time for a meal during layovers, not eating is going to have a worse effect than any jet lag. I know if I don't eat for even 9 hours, I get a pretty awful headache.

        2. For me, the way to avoid jet lag is to stop using caffiene and alcohol and limit salt beginning about a two days or so before my trip, then continue through to your destination and stay hydrated with water. Ginger ale is ok for a little sugar pick-me-up and anti-nausea while in transit. I have to keep myself awake (no naps) until normal bedtime in the new timezone and sleep through the night. If I feel better the next day I can go back to salt, caffiene and alcohol. It isn't so much fun (no double bloody mary in the airport bar?!?), but it does seem to work for me.

          If you are in Hawaii - watch your salt intake. I always feel like I eat more salt on vacation and that's especially easy to do in Hawaii. The extra salt negates a lot of the extra water you're drinking and can make you feel crappy. If you can get your hands on a nice papaya (with lime!) they help my system calm down.

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          1. re: akq

            OMG..how did you know that I do double bloodys in the airport bar?
            ; )

            didn't see much papaya but the fresh pineapple that was consumed daily was sublime and I really felt that fresh pineapple connection helped me tremendously..

          2. I eat and drink as usual prior to,during and after flights. Just got back from Rio yesterday. By the time I crawled into bed last night, I'd been up about 40 hours. We ate in the Rio airport pre-boarding, we had dinner and breakfast on the way to Houston. We had breakfast in the Houston airport.We had Bloody Marys (1) from Houston to SF. During our four hour drive home, we did drive through McDs for grease and caffeine. Dinner last night was Barnes Burgers with gorgonzola and grilled onions and red wine. I slept nine hours and feel great. I'll feel sleepy later due to the four hour time difference but that should resolve in a couple of days. I'm in my 60s and don't want to waste my time feeling poopy if I can just strong-arm my way through it. Just one person's experience.

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            1. re: c oliver

              I'm liking the way you roll c oliver..
              ; )

              1. re: Beach Chick

                When I'm sleep deprived, I get that empty feeling. I assuage it with carbs, fats and alcohol. Still dead tired but the pain is dulled :) I feel normal today - well, as "normal" as is possible for me.