Has this ever happened to you? You've been feeling a little sick to your stomach, but the feeling passes, so you think you're okay to go to work or maybe run some errands. Then you find out you're wrong. Like you're about-to-puke-again wrong. In public.
That's what happened to Jessica Simpson this month. Only she couldn't hold it down. Poor thing vomited while visiting with troops aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
A few anti-puking tips might have helped her control that urge until she could escape the cameras and find a bathroom. At least she made us so embarrassed for her that we were prompted to dig up a few tips to make sure we can avoid this type of public humiliation. Hope you never have to use them, but it's a good idea to tuck these away just in case. You know, like in the place you hide your emergency tampons ...
- Keep a ginger tea bag handy. Studies show the ginger plant can help relieve nausea and vomiting. Mint tea may also help calm your stomach. And tea bags travel well.
- Get a drink. Take small sips of cold, clear, carbonated, or sour drinks, like ginger ale, lemonade, and water.
- Avoid strong odors. Food and cooking smells, perfume, and smoke can trigger nausea and vomiting.
- Stay away from stuffy rooms, heat, humidity, flickering lights, and driving. These can also make you hurl.
- Munch on crackers. Bland foods like saltines are easy to digest. And easy to toss in your car. Just in case.
- Keep cool. Rest in a cool and calm environment if you can get to one. It can help soothe your upset belly.
And speaking of an upset belly ... and regurgitating ... and hurling ... I have to go now. All this writing about nausea and vomiting is making me sick to my stomach.
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