Social Anxiety, Overeating, and Heartburn

“Heartbreak is still OK, but heartburn is just too much.” -Pradyumna Sahoo

I think I may have started overeating at social gatherings because of social anxiety. I found it as a way to avoid talking for too long. I soon realized that I was getting severe heartburn after overeating. I knew why I was still getting heartburn, but I always did it.

It would usually be the next day that I would really start feeling the heartburn. On top of overeating and the body needing more time to digest it, I would lay down to sleep shortly after. The second I would wake up, I would regret overeating, and even regret going because I know how difficult it can be to control your eating when there is so much food.

I soon realized I can’t keep doing this because it could lead to some severe issues like eroding of the esophagus, which could lead to cancer. I only say this because I had a relative pass away from this. I have also had another relative diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus (Damage to the lower portion of the esophagus).

After hearing of my relatives, I knew I needed to be proactive about my heartburn. I knew I needed to learn ways of reducing the symptoms of heartburn if I did overeat.

Last night was one of those nights that I may have overeaten at a social gathering, but luckily I have found some common tips that have helped prepare (just in case I did overeat)
Some tips that I followed that helped me reduce my heartburn the day after (today) are:

*On a side note, I would usually have a beer, but I didn’t because I know what it does for my heartburn

1) I did something that took my mind off the food and/or social situations (Fortunately, there was something I loved to do last night at the BBQ which is ride dirt bikes and four wheelers)
2) I learned ways to be more social, so that my mind is preoccupied with the conversation, and not food
3) Waiting at least 3 hours before laying down; drinking a lot of water before a social gathering so that I get full, quicker
4) I also chose to start with eating protein, so that I could get full, quicker.
5) I saved enough room for 2 brownies!
6) The last bites I took were of a Greek Salad, so I would feel like I ended on a good note.

*On a side note, I would usually have a beer, but I didn’t because I know what it does for my heartburn

Typically, I would have started off with appetizers like sweets, or appetizers, but last night I can gladly say I followed what was mentioned above, and am benefiting from it!

I am a health coach, and I am not perfect, I do stick to a whole foods diet, but I may slip up occasionally. It’s okay, though, because I have learned to incorporate healthy eating habits into my diet. A healthy diet and other lifestyle changes that have led to the relief of my heartburn has taught me that I am not the only one with heartburn. That is why I became a health coach. To help people in NEED of heartburn relief.

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