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Summer Time Tips: Avoiding Heartburn, Part I
www.shescribes.comWith the temperatures soaring across the country, eating a heavy meal is the last thing on your mind. But summer in America signals the start of sitting outside on a hot, lazy day with all-you-can-eat barbeques cooking up burgers and hot dogs, with a side of corn on the cob, watermelon and lemonade. It’s the all-American summer meal around a white picket fence. It sounds perfect, but far from healthy.
The burgers and processed meat in hot dogs are full of grease, not to mention unknown additives that are probably even worse for you (pink slime, anyone?). The last thing you want in your stomach are foods that take a while to digest on a hot day and open your LES (lower esophageal sphincter), causing it to relax and let the acidic fire in your belly swell up and then come up into your esophagus where it does not belong. If you still want to throw meat on the grill then by all means do so…. but go with lean or go home. Grass fed beef is the way to go. You can even grill the portebello and blue cheese grass fed beef burgers, that can be found in The Acid Reflux Solution. Summer never tasted better.
Another reason to steer clear of the backyard barbeque is the “help yourself” atmosphere. For most people, portion control goes out the window and several burgers later, the pangs from a bloated belly takes the reigns. Some of that is social etiquette. It would be rude to tell someone they could only have one burger or could only have a portion controlled meal. You’d think your host was a scrooge. After all, summer is the season when everything is supposed to be plentiful! But just because it’s there doesn’t mean we should overindulge. One burger or hot dog is okay. Eating a serving size for two or more people raises your likelihood for acid reflux, raises cholesterol, taxes your system to work harder (and hotter), and is far more protein than the body can absorb. So even in the summer, supplement the protein in your meal with great salads and side dishes. But not all of them are the best choices. In the next blog we explore these side dishes.
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