It’s not at all uncommon for people to feel a little sick after they’ve enjoyed a nice meal. It happens to everyone once in a while and to some people frequently. And while it’s not necessarily a dangerous thing, although it might be if pain and vomiting are occurring, it’s still rather annoying.
Many of us go through a lot of trouble to prepare meals. After you’ve enjoyed your meal and are trying to relax, there’s nothing as off-putting as feeling nauseous like you’re going to be sick.
Explanations: Why you’re Feeling Nauseous after Eating
Is it what you ate?
If you’ve just enjoyed a big steak, a baked potato and a salad and start to feel sick, think about the meal and what you’ve just put into your body. Is this a common meal for you? (Replace this example with any meal you wish.) If so, then you can probably be sure that it’s not what you ate.
If you’re eating something that usually agrees with you, then, outside of possible food poisoning, which would make you feel more than nauseous, you can probably check this off of your list. It isn’t so much what you eat if you’re familiar with and can handle that type of food.
If it’s something unfamiliar, however, you may have food allergies or it’s simply a food that doesn’t agree with you very well. This will pass shortly and you’ll have to chalk it up to a type of food that your body doesn’t handle well. No big deal.
Is it how you ate?
The “how” is usually the culprit more often than the “what.” Due to the type of lives most of us lead, if we’re not eating on the go and in a hurry, we’re usually woofing the food down in front of the television set. When we eat too quickly or don’t take the proper time to relax, the food can be a little harder to digest in our bodies and we can start to feel a bit uneasy about it.
Once you realize the food isn’t agreeing with you, your brain then tries to make sense of what you’re experiencing. Other than hunger pangs, the only “feeling” that usually emanate from our stomachs is something of a serious nature indicating damage. So that proverbial nauseous feeling might very well trigger some feelings of anxiety and you’ll increase the affects psychologically.
What You Can Do to Soothe a Nauseous Feeling
- Eat slowly
- Lie down after eating
- Take some sort of antacid
- Take a warm bath
- Take brisk walk/get some exercise
- Sip on a carbonated drink
Still Not Sure Why You’re Nauseous after Eating
Sometimes, especially if you’re not a typically nauseous-feeling person, it’s neither what you ate nor how you ate it. Feeling sick after a meal can be a sign that you are sick or perhaps have acid reflux. Maybe you’re coming down with the flu; maybe it’s just the common cold and your body isn’t reacting to the meal in a positive way.
The most important thing to remember is that, if you can’t sip it away with a Coke or can’t relax it away in a few hours, you should probably go see a doctor about the nausea you’re experiencing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and your health is something you don’t want to gamble on.