Let’s face it. Many of us tend to over-indulge during the holidays. So many wonderful foods you only see at this time of year can be hard to pass up, but sometimes it’s worth the pass to not deal with the gas. Gas, bloating, acid reflux, and gut pain can all be part of the “joys” of the holidays if you suffer with digestive health challenges.
Be Mindful of Your Choices
Be aware of the foods you can’t seem to resist and think carefully about how you feel after you eat them. If you’re able to have a small amount of a favorite food, go for it! Enjoy every moment of the smell, taste and texture of that small serving. You’ll probably find the smaller serving is just right for you.
If you have a condition such as celiac disease or lactose intolerance, even small amounts of offending foods can be devastating to your digestive system. There are more fantastic gluten-free or lactose-free options for all types of foods than ever before at your local grocery store. You can have your treat and eat it too!
Foods high in sugar or sweeteners can make certain conditions, such as acid reflux, worse and they can have a negative effect on your gut and other organs. When you can, choose natural sweeteners in limited quantity to make your holiday treats sweet.
Don’t Make the Holiday a Drag
Shoot for the dishes you can enjoy without experiencing painful symptoms. To be sure you can enjoy your favorites by bringing safe dishes to share at important gatherings. Your host will love the help and you’ll have more fun!
Eating foods that taste great for a moment but take you out of the action aren’t going to help you enjoy your holidays. Aim for healthy foods that help you stay feeling your best. It will also help you keep your weight in check and avoid those extra holiday pounds.
When Your Digestive Issues Need Attention
If you have been having persistent digestive issues, now is the time to get checked out. Afterall, you can’t fix a problem if you’re not sure what the problem is. People sometimes suffer longer than necessary with symptoms such as acid reflux, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation and other digestive ailments. See a gastroenterology specialist at Granite Peaks Gastroenterology to find the cause of your symptoms. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward feeling your best, for the holidays and every day.