THE MORNING AFTER PILL GRIM BREAKFAST

We’ve done our community service during lockdown and can be forgiven for being tempted to celebrate our stumble down to level 1 with a tad of bar hopping and tequila guzzling.

While it would be easy to just suggest that you don’t let the “tipple” sway to far in the wrong direction from the outset, I’ve done my fair share of wine pairings with my meals and can now speak from a chef’s experience. So, have that shot of tequila, knock back that daiquiri and realise that you will survive to see another rainy day filled with bad weather reports and low calorie diets.

RAISING A GLASS TO YOUR HEALTH

For starters, lest our editor asks why I’m suggesting that all of our readers embark on a bender night after night, this is not a recommendation that we drown all our Covid sorrows in the bottom of a glass or incessantly toast the head of our ‘family’ meetings for lightening up on the restrictions.

As our health editor pointed out, excessive drinking is not good for your health or your safety and tends to strip your body of important nutrients and vitamins, cause massive dehydration and put a huge load on your long suffering liver which has to clear out all the baddies once the last round is over.

Instead, I’ve concocted the perfect morning after breakfast based on a hangover time – or circadian – clock that will provide the best way to overcome your delirium tremens!

For starters, lest our editor asks why I’m suggesting that all of our readers embark on a bender night after night, this is not a recommendation that we drown all our Covid sorrows in the bottom of a glass or incessantly toast the head of our ‘family’ meetings for lightening up on the restrictions.

As our health editor pointed out, excessive drinking is not good for your health or your safety and tends to strip your body of important nutrients and vitamins, cause massive dehydration and put a huge load on your long suffering liver which has to clear out all the baddies once the last round is over.

Instead, I’ve concocted the perfect morning after breakfast based on a hangover time – or circadian – clock that will provide the best way to overcome your delirium tremens!

THE UMAMI CLOCK - KEEPING NOT OF THE TIME TO REPLENISH THOSE VITAMINS IMAGE: ALBERT ELOFF

MORNING HAS BROKEN

As your circadian clock starts ticking, it’s time to replenish your mind and body with umami (essence of deliciousness in Japanese) standard time.

Your breakfast is going to take a tad of time to prepare. So, while you construct your hangover cuisine, you can indulge and reminisce about your blissful evening. But, please, stay focussed, don’t let your mind slip away.

First, make sure there are no monkeys around the garden, you all know what happened in the movie….

We’ll start with fresh tomato on toasted health bread, with some marmite and a dash of chilli of course. Believe it or not, it’s essential to eat something that is rich in potassium when you’re feeling a little hung over and tomatoes fit the bill. 

Potassium not only provides energy but also helps with nausea and muscle aches and pains…. and tomatoes are rich in both potassium and another essential, Vitamin C.

Next on the menu is sardines to up your Omega intake. 

Then comes a breakfast staple – the reliable egg. This doesn’t mean a greasy fry up which is likely to make you feel even more nauseous but rather a healthy take in the form of boiled eggs.

 

Next on the menu is sardines to up your Omega intake. 

Then comes a breakfast staple – the reliable egg. This doesn’t mean a greasy fry up which is likely to make you feel even more nauseous but rather a healthy take in the form of boiled eggs.

Eggs include lecithin which helps balance your blood sugar (or is that alcohol?) levels as well as amino acids which help to clear your body of toxins such as those produced when you over indulge. As soon as your eggs are boiled to your taste, let them cool down and remove the shells. Then drench them in some beetroot juice for 10 minutes before halving them for plating.

 

 

 

(Beetroot, incidentally is not only a good source of potassium and vitamin C but also vitamin B which is another staple vitamin you’ll need to replace).  

Citrus is a must for this breakfast menu. Vitamin C is not only important as an antioxidant but also helps in maintaining glutathione levels. Glutathione is produced by the liver and is great for cell repair. You can pair your citrus fruit with some ginger which is great for cleansing the palette and settling your stomach as well as cucumber slices which can help with rehydration. (You might want to save these for later for those puffy eyes.)

To flush down all your vitamins, you can make yourself a tomato cocktail the way you like it. I like old school, complete with celery sticks, salt and pepper and a dash of tabasco.

Now comes the daring part – activated charcoal! Fear not,  it doesn’t taste like anything. The only down side is that your teeth will go black! Activated charcoal is made from burned coconut shells which are positively charged. I always add a dash of coconut milk to the mixture.

 

By the time you’ve finished this breakfast, you’ll probably be feeling revitalized. That means it time to go Out & About – take that sunscreen, get some vitamin D and explore our beautiful world. (Only add sunglasses if you absolutely have to!)