The Travelers Guide For Acid Reflux and Heartburn Sufferers
Vacations are supposed to be enjoyable luxury experiences. Traveling has been made easy. With just the click of a button, it’s simple to book a flight, reserve a hotel or rent a car. People are constantly waiting on your needs and for those few days so you can just relax. But what happens when eating takes away from your relaxation and becomes an issue? Being away from home also brings you away from the comforts of your own refrigerator and “safe” foods.
First and foremost, be mindful of what you put in you are putting in your mouth. Restaurants like to pour cream sauces or butter on a lot of dishes to make them more flavorful. But it’s definitely high in fat and probably will be irritating. It sounds really good when ordering but to me, it’s usually really irritating a few hours later. I’m a pasta lover so that doesn’t leave much else to put on top other than marinara sauce—obviously high in acid. I’ve been better able to tolerate this in moderation. Most restaurants will pour sauce over just about anything to make it extra tasty but good on the taste buds isn’t necessarily good to the stomach. Ask for sauces on the side so you can control how much goes on your food and into your body. Sometimes I’ll avoid them all together. For pasta, parmesan cheese on top is great. For home cooking, grilled vegetables add a lot of flavor.
Whenever my family went on vacation growing up, we’d usually eat out two or three times over the course of a week or so, just as a treat. We tried not to as much as possible. It definitely gets expensive but it’s also hard to control how things are cooked and what they’re cooked with. At the beginning of a week long vacation we’d go to the grocery store and stock up. We definitely got “fun food” and lots of snacks so it was still all a treat but we kept meals simple. Mealtimes included lots of sandwiches, fruit, and cereals. On our beach vacations we’d fire up the grill for dinner. If we didn’t have access to a real kitchen, we would eat out but avoided having lots of fast food and definitely soda.
Eating out too much on vacation sometimes even puts the non-refluxers of my family into a funk. They’d be popping the antacids just as much. The bloated feelings are uncomfortable for everyone so we do our best to stick to our normal diet from home. Feeling good makes unwinding on vacation so much better.