Mardi Gras: The Feast Before the Fast
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the traditional Feast between Epiphany and the austerity of Lent. As meat was historically avoided during Lenten fasts, stocks were cooked and consumed with gut-bulging effects! These days, we have grown to associate Mardi Gras less with a Christian Festival and more with wild parties, parades, and New Orleans. It’s a celebration characterized by booze, beads, and, let’s be honest, more booze.
The association between reflux and alcohol is well established, and many Americans are familiar with the heartburn that follows a heavy night of celebratory drinks. Alcohol can contribute to reflux in any number of ways, though the three big ones are:
Is your plan to skip the reflux induced by alcohol and instead celebrate by indulging in fatty foods? We’re about to rain on your Mardi Gras parade. Unfortunately fat, in excessive quantities, can also cause reflux. As we like to say, moderation is your best tool in Rethinking Reflux. Being mindful of these quick tips, you’ll be on your way to a fun and reflux-free Mardi Gras!