Many people tend to get carried away over the holidays, eating unhealthy foods and snacks that can end up making them feel sluggish, bloated, and in pain. Whether or not you suffer from certain digestive conditions such as GERD, heartburn, Celiac disease or other issues, it’s smart to eat a healthy diet so you can enjoy the holiday season and still have delicious foods.

The State of Your Digestive Health and The Foods You Eat Are Related

When your digestive system is healthy, you feel better overall. But it’s important to remember that you are what you eat. Eating too many processed foods and not enough fresh food is not good for your digestive system. You need to incorporate a number of fruit and vegetable servings into your diet that provide you with the fiber and disease-fighting ingredients necessary for healthy nutrition.

The fatty, rich foods often served around the holidays can cause a number of digestive symptoms you’ll want to avoid. Foods rich in sugar and fat will lead to increased weight gain, upset stomach, a slower digestion process, and possibly, reflux. Let’s not forget about constipation, heartburn, and the burning or painful feeling in your abdomen that is indigestion.

Tips For Holiday Feasting

Try to choose these types of foods during the holidays (and every day) when you hit the buffet table this season:

1. Fiber is key to good digestive health. Choose whole grain breads or rolls, vegetables, fruits and legumes. Put some nuts, peas, lettuces, and other sources of soluble and insoluble fiber into your system.

2. Fatty foods hinder the digestive process, but you do need some fat in your diet. When you know you are eating foods high in fat, have a high-fiber food with it to ease any possible pain or discomfort.

3. Instead of reaching for fried chicken or roast beef, choose some lean meat for your protein, such as pork loin and chicken or turkey, but without the skin.

4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help foods pass through your system more easily.

5. Skip the coffee and liquor if you find they bother you. These items can lead to stomach ulcers and heartburn down the road.

A few other tips that will be helpful:

  • Take probiotics to add healthy bacteria to your digestive tract. They help the body absorb nutrients and much more.
  • Stay on a regular meal schedule.
  • Don’t forget to exercise to help food move through your system
  • Learn ways to manage stress, which can be the cause of digestive problems

This article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Please make an appointment to see one of our four outstanding physicians at Digestive Care Physicians. We have four locations in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, GA. The gastroenterologists at Digestive Care Physicians serve patients from the Roswell, Duluth, Canton, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, and Marietta areas and beyond.