October: Frightening Halloween Foods
Black pepper, garlic, raw onions, curry, and other spicy foods are scary for some heartburn sufferers. Don’t let these frightful foods and spices ruin your Halloween fun. Avoid these culprits that can fire up the burn in your belly.
Tip: Opt for milder versions of your favorite spicy foods and small portions of caramelized onions. Try a whole-grain medley made from couscous, brown rice or quinoa with carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms and feel free to enjoy roasted pumpkin or other fall squash.
A traditional Thanksgiving feast stretches the stomach and puts pressure on the muscle that keeps stomach acids from moving in the wrong direction. Don’t add fuel to the fire by adding high-fat traditional favorite foods that linger in your belly.
Tip: Enjoy your turkey day but keep your portions small. Turkey breast, mashed potatoes with a little gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, and a simple cornbread dressing are good choices. Eat early in the day so you have time to digest before bedtime.
Holiday parties conjure up visions of rich, fatty foods, creamy dips, cookies, candies, and decadent desserts. Peppermint is a holiday favorite but for heartburn sufferers it is anything but soothing for the belly. Peppermint, mint flavorings, and rich meals can relax the sphincter muscle and allow stomach acids to flow into the esophagus.
Tip: Eat five or six smaller meals, instead of larger meals. This can minimize heartburn because smaller amounts of food minimize abdominal pressure. Have fun at holiday parties, avoid your personal trigger foods and drinks, and go lightly when filling your plate.