Give Your Kitchen an Acid Reflux Makeover

By Patricia Raymond, Michelle Beaver

Renovating your cabinet contents is way easier than renovating a kitchen. But there still may be some uncomfortable moments. This part of the diet isn’t just about getting rid of foods — it’s also about moving the right foods in.

If you’re the type who hates to throw away food (more power to you, by the way — sustainability is the way to go), then give the food away to neighbors, friends, family, or food banks.

Out of sight, out of mind, so either hide those trigger foods or get rid of them. If there’s a trigger food that you don’t particularly like, you’ll probably be fine having it in the house, even smack in the front of your pantry.

Heck, if a bag of onions isn’t tempting, it isn’t tempting. And if onions don’t trigger your reflux anyway, you can for sure keep those onions around. But if your reflux is triggered by chocolate and you love chocolate, then that economy-size bag of Lindt truffles that your Aunt Selma gave you for Christmas will need to find a new home.

If any of the items on this list tempt you, either move them to where you can’t see them as easily, or get rid of them:

  • Alcohol

  • Black pepper

  • Caffeinated coffee

  • Caffeinated tea

  • Canned foods

  • Cayenne

  • Chili powder

  • Chocolate

  • Citrus

  • Cranberry

  • Curry

  • Meat (particularly red meat)

  • Mint

  • Mustard

  • Nutmeg

  • Raw garlic

  • Raw onion

  • Tomatoes