Hangovers, let’s not pretend otherwise, are frequently utterly appalling.
Feeling like, this time, you might actually, genuinely die, trying to navigate the next day can feel like an act of survival that Bear Grylls could only imagine.
And one of the most crucial decisions you’re going to have to make - at a time when all decision-making is torturous - is what to eat. Get it wrong and it could lead to disaster. Get it right and you just might get through this terrible, terrible day.
Business Insider have helped you out in this regard, speaking to nutritionist Geeta Sidhu-Robb of Nosh Detox to find out what you should be eating and drinking for each of your meals to feel better – or at least to feel slightly less bad. It’s not travelling back in time and passing on that round of jägerbombs, but it’s the next best thing.
Breakfast – Mushroom omelette, or poached eggs and mushrooms on toast
The key here is energy, with both eggs and mushrooms containing nutrients that will energise you throughout the day. Probably best to leave cheese out of the omelette, though, and that’s not just because you’re too hungover to properly grate the stuff.
“Eating cheese or other dairy products as a snack while drinking or after drinking could potentially cause indigestion, heartburn, and worsen hangovers,” Sidhu-Robb explains.
So, yeah, you probably don’t want to munch on a block of cheddar when you wander back from the work do at 4am either. Look, we don’t want to judge, but we have no idea what you get up to when you’re drunk.
Oh, and you should wash it down with tomato juice to help settle your stomach. I guess you could have a Bloody Mary, but maybe give yourself a bit of recovery time, eh.
Lunch – Sushi and miso soup
Not pizza. Not a bacon roll. Obviously not a grilled cheese sandwich (see above for why). Sushi has the healthy fats you need, according to the nutritionist.
The salt in fast food might be tempting you like a devil on your shoulder, but you can get that from miso soup without all the unhealthy fats and carbs of your other options.
To drink, coconut water is the best bet to help your sodium levels. Don’t like coconut water? Well you shouldn’t have had that seventh pint last night, should you?
Dinner – Burger with sweet potato fries
Right, all set for another healthy opti… wait, what? A burger? You sure?
Apparently so. Sidhu-Robb tells Business Insider that lean protein and red meat found in a burger will give you the iron you need while making you feel full. The sweet potato fries should be baked, though, so you’re not getting away with a cheat meal entirely.
Of course, you could get lean red meat from a steak if you’d prefer, but there’s something intangible about biting into a delicious burger. And besides, if you’re back out for party number two that night you’ll probably want something you can eat messily with your hands.
No sugary drinks, though. You’ll want to be drinking water with the burger – and, if we’re being honest, you’ll want to be drinking water throughout the day. Or green smoothies. Or ginger tea with honey. Basically slow-release or low-additive stuff, rather than energy drinks or hair of the dog.
Don’t blame us when you ignore all of this advice and end up with a three-day hangover.
Didn’t think those were a thing? Oh how naive you were.