A Reflex To Reflux...For those suffering from the discomfort of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux), also known as "heartburn," the first knee jerk response for many is to reach for the medicine cabinet. But you can actually get a potentially better response by changing your eating patterns a little. The most relevant adjustment I recommend to patients is to stop eating big dinners and not to recline on the sofa or to lay down in bed for three hours after your meal. Avoidance of certain foods like tomatoes, coffee, and meat that is tough to chew, is usually more obvious and people can determine their own tolerance to those foods by their symptoms after they are consumed...of course that doesn't always stop them. But as a general rule, don't eat the foods that bother you and sit upright for three hours after all meals, especially the bigger ones. That way you can dream about your food instead of it keeping you up all night.