Dec 31

Indulging in 2012

Happy New Years Eve!!!



In case you do get a little over-zealous while welcoming 2012…


Top 5 Hangover Helpers:

  1. Sleep – roll over and pray it goes away
  2. Hydrate – before you roll over and go back to sleep, chug a big glass of water or Gatorade (taking a Motrin or Excedrin Migraine with it may not be a bad idea either)
  3. Exercise – nothing works better than to sweat out all those toxins (not that I would know)
  4. Hair of the Dog – there’s a reason bloody’s and mimosas are breakfast drinks.  They work.  Just watch out or you’ll only have a worse hang over the following day!
  5. Kombucha – It may be in my head, but I swear this stuff lessens a hangover.  Is it the tummy-pleasing enzymes?  The fermentation?  The carbonation?  Who cares.  It works.



Other ideas include: Waffle Housecoffee, (caffeine), Pedialyte.  Mom says orange juice.  Baby sis says Emergen-C before going out and pickles the next day.


You can thank us later (when your head stops pounding).


 In all the excitement I almost forgot to post about my December Foodie Penpal treats!

The amazing Rachael @ The Avid Appetite sent me a package not to be forgotten!



In it was homemade marshmallows (which were gone in about 30 minutes!), a fantastic loaf of banana bread, KIND bars, and a couple of holiday teas.  Sometimes I think bloggers have ESP – how did she know that banana bread is my favorite loaf and that KIND bars have been on my “to try” list for literally a year?  Thanks, Rachel!!!  And thank you for organizing, Lindsay!


Want a Foodie Penpal of your own?

Please send an email to Lindsaytheleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:

-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

She will need to hear from you by January 4th - penpals will be notified on January 5th!


Thank you for all of the wonderful comments yesterday AND for the votes to land me in the FoodBuzz Top 9 today (check it out here) – you guys made my 2011!

What are your big plans tonight?

Any hangover cures to share? :)



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  1. Kristabel@RaceReady

    I am doing a group ride tomorrow, so I hope others take your tips! Oh, and that package is full of wonderful things!

  2. sarah @ sarah learns

    my husband and i are staying in and having a low key night tonight. i might have a cheese-hangover tomorrow (we’re having fondue) but i am hoping it won’t be an alcohol-induced one!

  3. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    Dude, Kombucha cures all ;)

  4. Lee

    Pickles, huh? I have a bit of a hangover now. Maybe I should try that.

    Lindsay and I are running a 10K on Sunday morning (care to join us?) so I’m not going to drink anything tonight. Hence the hangover from last night.

    1. Laura

      I don’t know about the pickle thing… I’ll leave that to my sister. :)

  5. sarah

    I always chug a vitamin water before going to bed. And a bloody mary the next morning never seems to hurt either… Although none of that will matter this year because I seem to have come down with a new years cold :(

    Hope you have a fun night and a happy new year! Congrats on top 9!!!

    1. Laura

      How could I forget Vitamin Water! I always have some on hand.

      Hope you’re feeling better!

  6. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    yummm love banana bread and my hubby is obsessed with kind bars!

  7. s

    Hair of the Dog works best. :-)

  8. alex

    Rachel is the coolest! aren’t homemade marshmallows delish???

  9. Christin@purplebirdblog

    As much as I occasionally miss drinking, I definitely don’t miss the hangovers! I had never even heard of kombucha at the time, though I can see how it could definitely help. Kombucha is pure magic, I swear it! :)

    1. Laura

      Yeah, you aren’t missing much there. I neglected to mention that “cure” – don’t get drunk! :)

  10. Sylvia

    Hah! I remember your awesome race. You know the day after waaay too much champagne? :D Only one glass for me tonight since I’m on call this weekend. Boo!

    Have a great New Years!

    1. Laura

      LOL! I forgot about that one. I thought I was going to die! :)

      HOpe you enjoyed your glass and didn’t have to go in!

  11. Hotly Spiced

    Oh, what a funny photo of the cat. It really does look like the cat’s suffering from overindulging. Happy New Year!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Hope your was a wonderful one. :)

  12. Stacy @ Stacy Eats

    Going to drink some Emergen-C now. I love that stuff!

  13. Hannah

    Happy New Year!! And what a lovely package. Homemade marshmallows, wow!!

  14. Turtle-speed Runner

    Great ideas – what used to work well for me when I used to drink was bananas and eggs – cooked any way :)
    Now I just avoid drinking, it’s easier!

    1. Laura

      Bananas? That’s a new one on me. Did you cook them WITH the eggs?

  15. Allie

    I’ve never head of pickles for a hangover! Hmmm interesting! Happy New Year :D

  16. holly

    dude…i need all of these right now. when did i become such a lightweight??

    happy 2012!

    and happy new header!!

    1. Laura

      What a drag it is getting old! It gets harder to recover every year. :(

      BTW, you ROCK!!! I’m so in love with this header it hurts.

  17. Lizzy

    Love all your tips, thanks for sharing!
    when I think I am about to get sick I run to Whole Foods and get a Kombucha, I swear it’s a miracle drink! :)
    happy 2012!

    1. Laura

      Kombucha is a miracle drink. I also like it for workout recovery.

      Happy New Year to you!

  18. true indigo

    Emergen-C is a great idea!

  19. Allison @ PickyEatingRD

    Happy New Year!!! I need to pass this list on to my sister who has been snoozing on the couch all day. I can’t blame her though, she is turning 21 in a few days and a college student. I think that’s just what they do!

    1. Laura

      LOL! Poor sister. Oh, the memories… :)

      Happy New Year to you too!

  20. Eliot

    I had to laugh at “waffle house!” Going to yoga tomorrow, does that count? Happy, happy New Year! (Love Stash teas, btw!)

  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Haha! Love your hangover tips. I can’t drink like I used to and that is fine with me! The thought of being so sick and hungover just sounds terrible these days! Hope you had a great New Year’s!

    1. Laura

      For sure – it gets harder and harder to bounce back!

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