I’ve overeaten and feel sick. What can I do?
While it’s common to overeat, the side effects of this practice might leave you drained of energy. And you have to sort of take the day off so you can feel better. That’s probably something you don’t want to do. But there’s a way or two to make you feel better after overeating.
Overeating: Why do we do it and Why do we feel sick
It’s common to feel sick when you overeat. Just because your body is trying to make sense of the large amount of food it needs to then process. Although there are many reasons why we overeat, there are a few that stand out:
- mindless eating
You’d think it all has to do with mindless eating. But most often we are aware of the fact that we’re about to overeat. Still, we go all in. It might have to do with the availability of food. Even though we know that food will still be there later on or the next day. We still feel the urge to overeat.
Food gives us pleasure. Junk food is designed to do just that. And add some sort of addiction to the mix. So we enjoy the taste of the food and the enjoyable feelings we get.
Then, when we’re with friend and family, we get carried away. We talk, socialize and eat. And then eat some more. It’s like we encourage ourselves to eat until there’s nothing left. Well, at least with friends and family, we have overeating companions to share a shoulder and cry :). Kidding aside, the sick feelings that you get after eating too much are not a joke.
Enough of this. Let’s go straight to the tips to start feeling better right away.
2 Tips to Feel Better After Overeating
- Drink a cup of hot water. This will help with the digestion process and leave you with a feeling of relief.
- Go for a walk. While it may seem counterintuitive to do that when you can barely move, walking helps increase blood circulation which in turn will speed up the digestion process. Even if you feel like you’re lacking energy, keep in mind that the body is using a lot of resources to digest the food. But when you walk, your body is capable of enhancing its functions.
You can also combine these 2 strategies for a more successful approach.
And if you’re thinking about preventing this from ever happening…while I know it’s not really possible (or is it?!)… increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables will make you feel full faster and the negative side effects of overeating don’t last that long.
It’s easier for your body to digest fruits and vegetables than fatty foods or junk foods.
What do you do after overeating? Do you stay in bed all day long waiting for the nasty feelings to go away?
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