August: Summer Picnics
A picnic basket at the beach or park is a summer delight as long as it doesn’t include the usual heartburn suspects. Avoid fried, fatty, and spicy foods whenever possible. And when it comes to drinks, remember that carbonated beverages can trigger heartburn.
Tip: Pack your picnic basket with sandwiches made with high-fiber whole grain bread, fresh fruit, veggies, and noncarbonated drinks. Hydrate with water or 100% juices like apple or grape. Fruit salad made with mango, melons, strawberries, and bananas are refreshing and hydrating snacks that are easy on the stomach.
September: Back-to-School and Fall Festivals
Whether you’re heading to a back-to-school breakfast or annual fall festival, beware of fiery fall foods. Battered, deep-fried diet disasters served on a stick are a recipe for heartburn. Stay clear of fried foods and caffeinated beverages to keep heartburn from ruining your fall fun.
Tip: For breakfast, enjoy a cup of herbal chamomile or ginger tea and a bowl of oatmeal topped with a sliced banana or chopped apple. A high-fiber meal can soothe your stomach and minimize acid production. At the fair, look for non-citrus fruits, veggies, lean meats, corn on the cob, even caramel apples will be kinder to your belly than most fried foods.
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.