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Spike Mendelsohn Shares How to Manage Acid Reflux Disease with Food

Spike Mendelsohn Shares How to Manage Acid Reflux Disease with Food

Yesterday, The Daily Meal chatted with Spike Mendelsohn about being the new spokesperson for acid reflux disease drug Dexilant; Mendelsohn says he's suffered from acid reflux disease his whole life. (Plus, we got his scoop on life post-Top Chef and where he'll expand his restaurants next.) Today, Mendelsohn shared how acid reflux disease (ARD) has affected him.

"Managing acid reflux disease is a balance of watching what I'm eating, how I'm exercising, taking the time to decompress, and taking my medication, Dexilant," he said in a webinar.

Mendelsohn and acid reflux expert Dr. David Peura shared their advice on how to best manage the disease with food. While both said it's best to speak to a doctor about specific dietary changes and medications, there are known lifestyle acid reflux triggers. Their tips:

It's all about moderation. While certain foods can definitely cause triggers for ARD — fried fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomatoes, alcohol, peppermint, and more — it doesn't mean you can't ever have them. Take Mendelsohn's need for coffee: "Working in an intense environment all the time, I feel like I always have to stay caffeinated," he said. "Managing my coffee intake is something that I'm working on." Another ARD-inducing trigger for him is anything tomato-based, he said. But his guilty indulgence at the end of the day is chocolate.

Avoid fried foods: Instead, try grilling, Mendelsohn says. It's a healthier, but plenty flavorful, option for ARD-friendly cooking.

Switch out ingredients for ARD-reducing ingredients: Take mac and cheese, for example: Mendelsohn says to use low-fat cheese, low-fat milk, and turkey bacon for a healthier, heartburn-free recipe. Or, instead of using triggering spices and black pepper when roasting a chicken, try Mendelsohn's tricks — use olive oil, salt, and dried oregano instead. The chef created ARD-friendly recipes on the Don't Let It Burn site, like turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, and a pear, pistachio, and brie salad.

Take note of how much you eat, and when: It's better to eat small balanced meals throughout the day to manage ARD, say Mendelsohn and Puera. And it's never a good idea to eat a big meal late at night before going to bed, as lying down can trigger acute symptoms of ARD.

Check out the Don't Let It Burn web site for more ARD-cooking tips from Mendelsohn.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.


Strike the Spike II: How to Manage High Blood Glucose After Meals

Several years ago, I wrote an article for Diabetes Self-Management about the management of high blood glucose after meals. It was called “Strike the Spike” and no article I’ve ever written has led to greater reader response. To this day, I still receive calls and e-mails thanking me for offering practical answers to this perplexing challenge. I’ve even been asked to speak on the topic at some major conferences. So when presented with the opportunity to readdress the issue, I jumped at the chance.

A lot has changed in recent years: we know more than ever about the harmful effects of after-meal blood sugar spikes, but we also have a number of potent new tools and techniques for preventing them. And now that I know how meaningful this topic is to so many people, I’ll do my absolute best to provide some answers.