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Sunday, July 21, 2013

I *definitely* binged last night at my cousin’s wedding.

But at least I can say it was on the wine… not the food. Even though I totally planned on being the designated driver ( wp.me/p1N36Q-dX ), I think being at the wedding made me a little nostalgic and emotional about my own wedding last year ( wp.me/p1N36Q-bC ). So I knocked back a few extra glasses of champagne. (I definitely felt it as I slogged through Bodyworks and yoga classes this morning).

Let’s focus on the positives, shall we? I got nervous when I entered the cocktail hour and saw the enormous mountain of food available. With choices like a made to order pasta station, quesadillas, cheeseburger sliders, pierogies, and various meats in unidentifiable sauces, I wondered why my cousin even offered an entree.

I didn’t know what was in the dips and sauces, so I avoided them – but I didn’t feel too deprived as there was also a huge assortment of veggies, fruit, cheeses, and meats.

There was really no need for an extravagant five course meal after this spread. I definitely let my guard down, though – it was like I felt I deserved a “free pass” to be less vigilant after successfully navigating the cocktail hour. Here’s what I was served (in order):

- Penne Vodka (I sent this back.)
- A spinach/walnut salad with a raspberry vinaigrette (I ate it. I know, that was pretty risky without knowing what was in the dressing. Gotta be better about asking in the future.)
- Lemon Sorbet Intermezzo (I ate this too. Sad that Google searches I’m doing now indicate this likely had gluten in it.)
- Chateaubriand (I ordered it without the sauce. It was amazing. I also figured it would be pretty safe to eat the green beans and carrots that came with it).
- And finally:

Chocolate Wedding Cake. I did not eat this, although I did eat the scoop of chocolate mousse it was served with.

Does chocolate mousse contain gluten? This was one thing I tried to look up on my phone before indulging, but didn’t come up with a solid answer. I figured it would be pretty standard – chocolate, sugar, dairy. Chased it with some coffee and another glass of champagne. My husband intelligently started drinking diet cokes at this point.

I was certainly happy to get home and get in bed late last night – but at about 2am, I was roused by the worst case of heartburn I have ever had in my life. I felt like I was going to choke to death on my own acid reflux. It’s not a very common occurrence for me so I’m wondering what to blame – the food or the drink? The Wheat Belly blog suggests those with chronic acid reflux can be cured by going wheat free, but this was a one-off occurrence for me and I’m not sure I could blame a little bit of sorbet for what I experienced – my throat is still in some pain.
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    One day and a lot of fun! You're figuring it out - keep up the good work.
    1698 days ago
    Wedding looks amazing! I think acid reflux may be caused by laying down too soon after eating? Hope you feel better!
    1699 days ago
    It sounds like you didn't just indulge, but practiced some good choices too. Of course there is always room for improvement but it could have been worse. Hope the Heartburn goes away quickly, that's nasty.
    1699 days ago
  • GLC2009
    bubbly champagne could cause acid reflux. for me coffee would. you can never be sure when you don't know the recipe. hope you had something you could take to relieve it that night. i really can't stand heartburn.
    nice looking wedding and beautiful cake.
    1699 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. What a wonderful way to slightly over indulge. It is not like it happens every day! Best wishes for your acid reflux recuperation.
    1699 days ago
    Wheat gives me heart burn/acid reflux instantly, even before going to bed now. That alone is a huge incentive for me not to eat it! :o)
    Remember no one is perfect. emoticon
    You'll figure this out! emoticon
    1699 days ago
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