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What are your remedies after eating too much?

What do you do when you feel like you are so full and need to decompress?

I have been eating way too much. Probably since Thanksgiving. I had a cup of Starbucks yesterday which I rarely drink because I am sensitive to the caffeine. Cleaned me right out!

I feel much better! LOL!

What are your remedies?

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  1. gelato and/or sorbetto.
    in my experience, eating goes extremely well with eating. . .

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    1. re: westsidegal

      "Eating goes extremely well with eating"
      Well said!
      Sometimes I like a tall glass of club soda or just plain water after overeating.

    2. This happens to me way less than it used to when I'd stuff my face with reckless abandon in college but my remedies include:

      Belly rub, walk, heating pad, apple cider vinegar, a long nap

      Here's an old thread with some ideas http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823610

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      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Apple cider vinegar is great for a lot of things...I take a couple swigs after eating fatty foods...good for the blood pressure.

        1. re: Cherylptw

          I swig when stomach hurts and also sometime before eating.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I might be more sensitive to vinegar than most people, but the thought of doing that MAKES my stomach hurt! I think I would probably upchuck on the spot. :(

            My FIL sometimes drinks vinegar mixed with grape juice in the morning.... I can't remember what the supposed benefit was (something he saw on Dr. Oz, I'm sure) but I think I'd die first.

            1. re: Kontxesi

              Vinegar is an astringent. You have to sip a very little at a time (or risk choking). If you find yourself choking, remember to breathe through your nose and don't panic. Diluting vinegar isn't really utilizing it well (IMO). It should be used just as it's bottled.

      2. A triple espresso and a good book. ahem.

        1. Bitters. Could be Angostura and club soda, could be a heavily-bittered old-fashioned or bitter vermouth like Punt E Mes. Works every time for me.

          My wife likes green tea with some fresh ginger muddled into the mug. I find this works for a general stomachache or nausea but doesn't help me much with an overly-full feeling.

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          1. re: carnicero

            I'm also a fan of angostura and soda. A cup of good, black coffee, also seems to help close out a long meal.

          2. Peppermint tea - works like magic on over-indulgence bloating.

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            1. re: ultimatepotato

              Absolutely! Do you have a favorite, or will any one worK? I had Taylor's Organic Peppermint Tea at a hotel last fall and was instantly hooked.

              1. Face away from the dining table.

                1. Beat my brains out on the treadmill.

                  1. Lemoncello and a walk around the block.

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                    1. re: Novelli

                      i think that combo would go well in Florence.

                    2. I have a friend who's parents were born in Russia. They swear by a shot of vodka after an overly rich or indulgent meal.

                      I've tried it a few times and I've found it works quite well.

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                      1. re: pollymerase

                        I swear by that too, regardless if a meal is involved.

                      2. When visiting relatives in India, I always overeat. FIL gives me a commercially available bottle of this...


                        You can also look up ajwain water. Ajwain is a plant seed/spice used in Indian cooking (similar to caraway).

                        1. When I overdo it in a single meal, I like to have some sort of digestif, like a Cynar or Fernet.

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                          1. re: LeoLioness

                            Underberg, another traditional digestif. Comes in single-serving bottles.

                            Makes me think of the time I overate at a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. I stopped into a liquor store and asked for Underberg. The owner gave me a knowing look and pulled out a bottle of Thunderbird from under the counter. Um, not quite the same thing....

                          2. Japanese pickles.
                            I keep thinking I've learned my limits and eat sensibly, but just today we went to an AYCE Korean BBQ, which means I easily ate 3X my normal amount of food. In this situation I try to intersperse meat with the pickled daikon banchan, but I don't find it as effective as Japanese tsukemono.

                              1. re: melpy

                                Even better than Brioschi is Effervescente al Limone from Italy. It can be found in specialty markets and Italian delis. Much better tasting that Brioschi and in my opinion, more effective. Does the trick for me every time.

                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                  Saw this for the first time in A and S in Fairfield, CT, I think but didn't have a chance to buy.

                              2. Ginger tea, or one of the other ginger drinks that can be served hot. I have something called Gold Kili which comes in teabag-like packets but the ingredients are natural ginger and natural lemon flavor, so it's not tea, and it's caffeine free. I got it at an Indian grocery.

                                That and not eating for a while.

                                  1. re: MamasCooking

                                    Same here. Just keep walking until I don't feel bloated any more.

                                  2. Ginger ale or a ginger candy. Settles my stomach instantly. A lighter day of eating immediately following a overdone day of eating also works.

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                                    1. Throw up. Honest. Feel better immediately.

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                                      1. re: Boychucker

                                        2nd on Throwing Up. Works like a charm!

                                        1. re: Boychucker

                                          Yup - in descending order of magnitude of gluttony, my remedies are: 1) throw up, 2) fernet, campari, or soda and bitters, 3) a bit of exercise followed by fernet, etc. Haven't had to go with the first option in a long time, and when I have, it's also usually had something to do with my liquid intake.

                                          1. re: nsenada

                                            Haha, and if you cannot manage #1 (throwing up), then move to #2 (specifically Fernet), and that will return you right back to #1 --regardless of how much you have eaten!

                                        2. A mattress, a buckwheat hull pillow, and lemon water.

                                          1. A cup of really hot chicken broth and ginger help me.

                                            1. Eating very light, and little, the next day. Something like melon or jello or consomme. Fiber capsules and lots of water if the offending foods were constipating.

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                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                The only food I can think of is matzoh.

                                              2. Ginger ale
                                                Cardamom seeds
                                                Ajwain seeds
                                                Mineral water
                                                Herbal liqueurs
                                                Crystalized ginger
                                                Black licorice

                                                1. I take this with every meal, but I take extra when I overindulge.

                                                  1. Find someone to rub my belly like a Buddha, hum me a lull-a-by and sleep it off. Food Coma's are a good thing.

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                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                      My dear beloved late grandmother always rubbed my super full belly at Thanksgiving. I'll miss her for many things but that is definitely on the list.

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                        You have to love a belly rubbing grandma. RIP

                                                      1. re: Withnail42

                                                        Noooooooooooooo the last thing in the world for me is anything carbonated!! LOOK OUT THERE SHE BLOWS!!!!!

                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                          No kidding. A burp can be the best relief sometimes.

                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                            Sadly that's not the end the carbonation is most likely to find it's way out of me.......

                                                      2. We buy Amaro del Capo, a digestif from my husband's hometown in Italy, by the case: http://www.drinkupny.com/Vecchio_Amar...

                                                        I also bought these bitters made in Vermont by Urban Moonshine: http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/product...

                                                        A vial in a small glass of regular water or sparkling water works wonders for me!

                                                        1. A nice spirit to sip and a cigar is always a nice way to cap off a good meal