Surviving the Holidays with GERD
From large holiday meals to rich desserts, the holidays can make it more challenging to keep Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) under control. We’ve put together some tips to help you survive the holidays with GERD without completely sacrificing your ability to celebrate.
Limit Alcohol Intake
How much alcohol affects GERD depends on the individual. Some people can enjoy a drink or two with no problem while others are unable to have a sip without experiencing pain. Moderate your alcohol intake as needed to help avoid reflux.
By chewing slowly and saving every bite, you will naturally reduce the amount you eat. Eating too quickly is one of the biggest triggers of reflux, so mindfulness in your eating can help you not only avoid reflux but enjoy the taste of the food more.
Overeating can seriously aggravate reflux. It’s also one of the toughest triggers to avoid during the holidays. Our advice? Eat small amounts of all your favorite foods and give yourself time to digest some of the food before going back for more. You’ll enjoy your indulgence more now if you aren’t paying for it later.
Eat Earlier in the Day
Gravity plays a role in reflux, so by avoiding eating right before you lay down in bed can make a big difference in managing GERD. Serve your big holiday meal early in the day, remain upright after eating, and don’t eat or drink too much right before bed.
Skip the Chocolate Pie
Chocolate is one of the most common causes of reflux. If you’re going to have dessert, choose one without chocolate.
Stress can also contribute to reflux, so do what you can to minimize it. Go for a walk after the meal, take a few minutes to meditate, don’t expect perfection if you’re hosting, and ask for help when you need it.
Park Avenue Medical Professionals’ gastroenterologists offer services on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Our board-certified NYC gastroenterologists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all types of GI problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn and more. Learn more about our gastroenterology services by contacting our office at 212.427.2000. You can also make an appointment by filling out this form.