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What are your remedies after eating too much?

lilmomma Jan 5, 2014 09:26 PM

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?

  1. westsidegal Jan 5, 2014 09:48 PM

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

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    1. re: westsidegal
      brandygirl Jan 5, 2014 11:40 PM

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

    2. fldhkybnva Jan 5, 2014 11:43 PM

      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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        Cherylptw Jan 29, 2014 06:53 PM

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

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          fldhkybnva Jan 29, 2014 06:58 PM

          I swig when stomach hurts and also sometime before eating.

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            Kontxesi Jan 30, 2014 11:08 AM

            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
              Cheese Boy Jan 30, 2014 03:43 PM

              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.

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        plaidbowtie Jan 5, 2014 11:59 PM

        A triple espresso and a good book. ahem.

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          carnicero Jan 6, 2014 12:18 AM

          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
            JungMann Jan 6, 2014 08:33 AM

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

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            ultimatepotato Jan 6, 2014 05:09 AM

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

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            1. re: ultimatepotato
              BobbieSue Jan 31, 2014 05:06 AM

              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.

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              Harters Jan 6, 2014 06:46 AM


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                beevod Jan 6, 2014 07:58 AM

                Face away from the dining table.

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                  treb Jan 6, 2014 08:28 AM

                  Beat my brains out on the treadmill.

                  1. Novelli Jan 6, 2014 08:39 AM

                    Lemoncello and a walk around the block.

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                      treb Jan 6, 2014 08:44 AM

                      i think that combo would go well in Florence.

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                      pollymerase Jan 6, 2014 08:54 AM

                      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
                        jrvedivici Jan 30, 2014 06:35 AM

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

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                        ceekskat Jan 6, 2014 09:07 AM

                        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).

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                          LeoLioness Jan 6, 2014 10:03 AM

                          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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                            Steve Green Jan 10, 2014 05:11 AM

                            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. khh1138 Jan 10, 2014 01:47 AM

                            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. melpy Jan 10, 2014 04:33 AM


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                                ttoommyy Jan 10, 2014 09:02 AM

                                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.

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                                  melpy Jan 17, 2014 12:20 PM

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

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                                Fydeaux Jan 10, 2014 06:04 AM

                                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. MamasCooking Jan 10, 2014 07:23 PM

                                  I take a stroll. Works for me.

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                                    BobB Jan 17, 2014 09:14 AM

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

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                                    HillJ Jan 11, 2014 07:12 AM

                                    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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                                      lilmomma Jan 30, 2014 04:29 AM

                                      What is the name of the candy?

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                                        HillJ Jan 30, 2014 05:31 AM

                                        The Ginger People brand and their Gin Gin's hard candy.

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                                      Boychucker Jan 11, 2014 02:48 PM

                                      Throw up. Honest. Feel better immediately.

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                                        jarona Jan 15, 2014 04:51 PM

                                        2nd on Throwing Up. Works like a charm!

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                                          nsenada Jan 30, 2014 06:43 AM

                                          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.

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                                            MagicMarkR Jan 30, 2014 09:47 AM

                                            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!

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                                          BuildingMyBento Jan 15, 2014 04:22 PM

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

                                          1. suzigirl Jan 15, 2014 04:55 PM

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

                                            1. greygarious Jan 15, 2014 07:22 PM

                                              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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                                                Monica Jan 29, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                The only food I can think of is matzoh.

                                              2. Cheese Boy Jan 15, 2014 11:32 PM

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

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                                                  TMT1977 Jan 17, 2014 12:25 PM

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

                                                  1. jrvedivici Jan 30, 2014 06:37 AM

                                                    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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                                                      fldhkybnva Jan 30, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                        jrvedivici Jan 30, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                        You have to love a belly rubbing grandma. RIP

                                                    2. Withnail42 Jan 30, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                      A long walk and seltzer.

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                                                        jrvedivici Jan 30, 2014 06:51 AM

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

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                                                          HillJ Jan 30, 2014 06:59 AM

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

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                                                            jrvedivici Jan 30, 2014 07:15 AM

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

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                                                              Withnail42 Jan 30, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                              Sometimes that helps too...

                                                      2. Bugsey34 Jan 30, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                        We buy Amaro del Capo, a digestif from my husband's hometown in Italy, by the case: http://www.drinkupny.com/Vecchio_Amaro_del_Capo_Liqueur_p/s0289.htm

                                                        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. scubadoo97 Jan 31, 2014 11:02 PM

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

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