Diet for Hiatal Hernia

Are you looking for a diet for hiatal hernia treatment? The following diet plan will help you reduce heartburn and give your hernia a break so it can possibly heal itself. You'll want to eat small meals throughout the day and elevate your head for at least three hours after every meal.

Foods to Avoid When on a Diet for Hiatal Hernia 
To avoid irritating your hernia, you'll need to avoid all caffeine and alcohol. Avoid all coffee, even decaffeinated, because coffee is acidic and irritating. Limit citrus fruits and tomato-based foods since the acid can be quite detrimental for a hiatal hernia. Eliminate chocolate, peppermint, spearmint and spicy foods from your repertoire and only indulge in these foods on rare occasions, as they all increase the amount of acid produced by your stomach. Avoid onions and fatty foods; both lower the lower esophageal sphincter, which can result in slower stomach emptying and increased amount of stomach acid being produced.  

Sample Meal Plan for Hiatal Hernia Treatment

One high fiber English muffin topped with jam
Or one cup of oatmeal topped with brown sugar and pecans

Mid-Morning Snack
One cup of carrot sticks with low-fat ranch dressing
Or one low-fat mozzarella stick

One cup of greens, topped with lean lunch meat or grilled lean protein, cucumber, low fat cheese, a sprinkling of nuts and low-fat salad dressing.

Mid-Afternoon Snack
One banana
Or one small plate of whole grain crackers with low fat cheese

Small portion of grilled lean meat, half cup of brown rice and half cup of steamed vegetables of choice with light butter

Low fat pudding
Or low fat custard
Or one cup of berries and low fat frozen yogurt

Make sure you limit your portions. If losing weight is part of your hiatal hernia diet plan, you will want to make sure you eat very small portions of these foods several times a day. If you fear you will miss some of the menu items listed in the "foods to avoid" segment, try the following substitutions:

  • Chocolate: Try vanilla versions of your favorite chocolate treats. Experiment with custards, puddings, white chocolate and caramels.
  • Coffee: Try teas and hot chocolates. Avoid caffeinated versions of these beverages.
  • High Fat Foods: Look for ways to reduce the amount of fat in recipes. Sometimes you can create a similar dish using significantly less fat or oil by substituting other ingredients that may not irritate your hernia. Invest in low fat cook books to help you learn the tricks of substitution.
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