You're probably familiar with what happens to your body when you drink too much. You wake up the next morning with a headache, feeling sluggish and swearing you'll never take a sip of alcohol again.
But what happens? Next Friday night, you go out to happy hour with friends, and you can't help but just have a couple beers.
We're all guilty of it, and it's not just alcohol we're guilty of binging on from time to time.
When I was a kid, Halloween was my favorite time of year. It wasn't because of the costumes; it was because of the candy.
This was the one time of year my mother would let me gorge on all of the delicious chocolates and sweets I wasn't usually allowed to have. I looked forward to it all year long.
When the evening was over, my cousins and I would dump out our bags of loot and trade sweets like they were Pokémon cards.
Each year, the same thing would happen: I would spend the night gorging myself in treats, and my poor mother would have to deal with her strung-out, hyper child and the tears and exhaustion that inevitably followed.
Now, as an adult, I'm much better about managing my sugar intake.
In fact, it's rare I crave sugar on a daily basis. But when I do crave it, watch out. I've been known to eat an entire family-size pack of Skittles in one sitting.
And the next morning, without a doubt, I'll wake up with a horrendous headache, extremely dehydrated and whining to whoever will listen for the next few hours about how I should have never eaten that many Skittles.
It's a sugar hangover, and trust me, you've been there, too. (Or maybe, you will be this weekend.)
Here's how you can remedy the situation:
1. Get up (even if you don't want to).
Lying around feeling sorry for yourself isn't going to make the situation any better.
You have to get out of bed, put on some shoes on and at least go for a walk. It'll help speed up your digestion and kick that sugar out of your body in record time.
2. Don't continue to binge.
I know, once you've started eating unhealthy, it's hard to stop the cycle. What's the point of eating a salad when the damage has already been done?
As hard as it is to motivate yourself in these circumstances, you have to force yourself to make your next meal a healthy one. Opt for a high-protein, low-sugar breakfast the next morning to counteract all that sugar in your blood stream.
And to keep yourself from giving into temptation, make sure you throw out the sugary leftovers.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
What do you do after you've polluted your body with a ton of alcohol? You flush it out with water.
At high levels, sugar can also dehydrate the body. So drink up, buttercup.