You know your acid reflux trigger foods…
A juicy hotdog.
But that doesn’t mean you always avoid them.
You may find yourself relying on antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) simply because you can’t seem to resist your favorite foods.
I once had a group of employees who enjoyed chicken wings. Once a week, they would take heartburn medication so they could order wings for lunch.
But the fact is that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can’t be beaten unless you purposefully avoid the foods that cause flare-ups.
If you want to break free of medication and experience relief from your acid reflux symptoms, you’ll need to be proactive.
Even if you’ve begun to heal your stomach naturally, it can be tempting to slip into the old eating habits.
It’s easy to start nibbling on your forbidden foods—and forget that you’re unraveling the progress you’ve made.
Here are 5 practical ways you can avoid acid reflux trigger foods and the resulting burning symptoms:
#1 Cook from home.
Cooking from home can help you avoid a GERD flare-up. Because you’re in charge of your recipes and ingredients, the power of healing is placed in your hands.
Begin making intentional choices to forgo convenience, and prepare homemade meals.
One way to know which foods you should include (or avoid) in your cooking is to take an immunoglobulin G food sensitivity test. This test will reveal the foods your body may be sensitive to so you can cut certain ingredients in your cooking.
#2 Avoid certain restaurants.
Just because you’re cooking from home doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat! However, you’ll need to be proactive. Certain restaurants make it harder to avoid your acid reflux trigger foods.
Here are some places to skip if you have other options:
- Italian restaurants. Tomato sauce is a staple of Italian cuisine…and it can also trigger your acid reflux symptoms.
- Chinese restaurants. Some Chinese foods are fried, which triggers GERD issues.
- Fast food restaurants. This is a huge no-no for acid reflux sufferers. If you have to eat at a fast food place, opt for a healthy salad instead.
#3 Recognize circumstances that tempt you to turn to trigger foods.
You probably have certain go-to foods. You may turn to a donut when you don’t have a healthy snack on hand. You may be tempted to head to the nearest greasy spoon if you haven’t prepared dinner.
Pinpoint the circumstances to make it easier to avoid foods that stir up GERD symptoms. You’ll recognize the temptations that eventually lead to burning, nausea, and belching.
#4 Replace trigger foods with healthy substitutes.
After you’ve identified the situations that nudge you toward unhealthy cravings, it’s time to take action. Brainstorm how you can replace your acid reflux trigger foods with better substitutes.
For instance, try some fresh-cut peaches instead of a that bowl of ice cream. And instead of going to the coffee pot, why not drink a healthy smoothie?
#5 Learn to practice discipline.
You can’t always avoid tricky situations and restaurants. The key to staying on the path to healing is to practice discipline. At first, it may seem difficult…until you consider all the benefits:
- Avoiding trigger foods helps you avoid medications. Don’t forget that PPIs are linked to heart attacks, dementia, and kidney disease.
- Avoiding trigger foods helps keep you out of pain. Remember how painful your burning symptoms were? Eating trigger foods will bring these back again.
- Avoiding trigger foods helps your stomach heal naturally. You’re giving your body a chance to repair.
If you need help identifying your trigger foods and getting the support you need to avoid them, sign up for my Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.
We’ll examine your unique situation and tailor a program to heal your acid reflux naturally.