How to Eat “Healthy” When Drunk & Hungover


Sorry, had to start this post with uncontrollable laughter. But I’m still going to write it….

Alcohol isn’t healthy, but we all still drink, as we should, because wine and beer and MARGS!!!! are amazing and seriously improve some people’s dispositions. Alcohol every now and then really isn’t that bad for you, it’s what we consume while we’re drunk and hungover that really sends us all over the edge. I’m not sure that there really is a good healthy option to drunk food that will still be satisfying, and if there is, I’m guessing it would take a lot of planning ahead (zucchini pizza anyone?). Having been to college, I have in fact tried to take on this challenge before. I will not go as far as to say that I succeeded, but, I did learn a few things.

What I crave when I’m drunk is whatever’s closest (pizza), whatever’s bad for me (pizza), or whatever the people I’m with are having (pizza). When I’m slightly hungover, I usually just want to keep eating crap (more pizza), but when I’m incredibly, debilitatingly hungover, there’s only one thing that I want, and that’s a cheese omelette with plain hashbrowns and wheat toast. AND SO MUCH WATER. If you want to be a bit unrealistic, or just an overachiever, try one of these options.

Anyway, here are some things you can attempt to try and eat while drunk or hungover. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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When You’re Drunk & You’re Out:

Turkey Burger

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Nuggets

Margarita Pizza  (personal or slice, preferably slice)

When You’re Drunk & You’re Home:

French Dip Grilled Cheese

PB&J Sandwich (or oats!)

Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla

When You’re Hungover:

Omelette (cheese, veggies, chicken)

2 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

Homemade sweet potato fries (Recipe coming soon)

Steak & Eggs

Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla

What’s important to remember are two things:

  1. You are not perfect and fitness/health are not about being perfect or unhappy, which means if you want to go get drunk every now and then and eat pizza or macaroni and cheese then DO IT. It won’t ruin your life, and it probably won’t ruin your goals, either. Have fun. Enjoy life. Drink wine. Eat pizza.
  2. If you really aren’t hungry/that drunk/that hungover, don’t use it as an excuse to eat crap. Alcohol absorption begins almost immediately, which means drunk food isn’t doing you any favors. Like, any. At all. It’s better to just eat before you drink so you get less drunk and are better off overall. For proof, see below, from “The 13 Biggest Myths About Alcohol, Busted”

“The Myth: Eating before bed will reduce hangover.
Most of us have taken a drunken 3-am journey to the local pizza shop with a hankering for greasy, cheesy goodness. Comforting as it is, those slices will do very little to sober you up or reduce the severity of those hangover pains.

The Fact: By the time that pizza hits the stomach, the alcohol consumed has already been absorbed into your system. Greasy food won’t help your liver metabolize the alcohol any faster. In fact, the combination of alcohol and greasy food can actually contribute to acid reflux, meaning you’ll feel even worse in the morning. If you want food to help slow down alcohol absorption, consume a snack or a meal before you start drinking (But don’t take this as free license to binge-drink.).”

And there you have it. FACTS.





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