- The buffet or as I refer to it, the 13 course meal. If you ‘need’ to taste all of it, which you don’t, take small quantities and pace yourself. If you know certain food does not agree with you, DON’T EAT IT.
- If you are normally dairy/lactose intolerant – guess what? The holidays don’t change that. Ask the cook what is in the various dishes; avoid the dairy- including the cheese filled dishes, and unfortunately many desserts. Plan ahead and make a dairy-free desert or dish yourself, substitute almond or soy milk or use Lactaid.
- Similarly, if you are gluten intolerant, you still are during the holidays so plan ahead.
- Alcohol is also a culprit in both upper and lower digestive distress. Moderation is key.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, comes the over indulgence in both quantity of food eaten and the varied types of food. Traditional holiday fare is rich, fatty, and often spicy. If one is not used to eating this type of food or the large quantities often consumed, it can turn the holiday fun into a trip to the medicine cabinet, the bathroom, or more likely both. The culprits and the solution: