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moving away from GERD to surviving and thriving on a plant-based diet: follow me and learn from my challenges and as I take this journey

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Fine Tuning My Brain

Eating a plant-based diet is a little different than the blood type diet.  At least on the blood type diet I still had my best friend – meat.  I had to educate myself and fine tune my brain so that I could embrace this new way of eating.  I finally came to the conclusion that I had to part ways with meat because of its’ acid producing qualities.
I learned that it would be better for my stomach if my body was more alkaline rather than acidic.

Initially, I cried when I thought about being on plant-based diet and these were my thoughts:

  • I’m not crazy about vegetables, I barely think about them
  • How much salad can a person eat in one day?
  • Vegetable have no taste – whatsoever
  • How can I survive on vegetables alone?
  • My hair will fall out
  • I love meat
  • I don’t know how to be any other way

As you can see from the thoughts I had, I was very ignorant about the benefits and rewards of a plant-based diet.  I had to fine tune my brain and make a commitment to my health.  Instead of focusing on my taste buds and the foods I will have to eliminate from my diet,  I made the choice to focus on the beautiful nutrient-based, whole foods surrounding me and that were readily available to nourish my body and take care of my stomach.  Will I miss the taste of a juicy hamburger or the crunch of buttery fried fish? probably, maybe, especially if I smell them,  but I am tired of being tired and sick of being sick.  I think this is the path I should take now and I am embracing it.  So far I feel better, I look better and most importantly I feel my stomach is happier and I’m actually doing something to help heal it besides taking a pill everyday.

As with any new venture encouragement is needed.  I find encouragement in the results I’ve experienced in my body and in my favorite documentaries:
“Forks over Knives”, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, “Hungry For A Change” to name a few.  Books such as:  Kris Carr’s “Crazy, Sexy, Diet”,  Dr. Koufman’s “Acid Reflux Diet” and the countless recipes and information I’ve researched online.  All of these  have helped me walk confidently on this less traveled, and often misunderstood road.



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Chili with Cucumber Salsa

Sometimes the weather drives what I cook for dinner.  It’s really cold out today so it’s Chili time.  I believe Chili is one of those dishes that can be very personal.  We add the ingredients we like and we omit the ones we don’t.  This is my version I hope you can use something from it.grassfed_beef

I always use grass fed beef.  I know it costs more but it is worth it, it just tastes better.


Baking Chocolate

I use 1 oz. of 100% cacao.  It gives the chili a depth of flavor and some body.

I prefer to use beef cubes over beef broth.  The cubes seem to intensify the beef flavor.

I make a cucumber salsa and add that to the chili.  It gives the chili that taco-ish flavor that compliments the chili and the cucumbers give it a texture that I love.

Because the beef granules have their own salt and there is salt in the salsa I don’t really add salt to the chili.


Cucumber Salsa

1 or 2 Cucumbers chopped

1 or 2  Small cans of green chilies

1 or 2 Tomatoes chopped

1 Onion chopped

Cilantro (dried or fresh)

Lime Juice


Add the ingredients together to your taste!  Make enough for at least 2 cups.  This salsa is even better if allowed to sit overnight before adding to the chili.

Olive Oil

1 Onion chopped

1 Bell Pepper chopped

2 lbs. Ground Beefchili_seasonings

6 Beef Cubes

2 Cups of Cucumber Salsa

4-5 Cups of Water

1 oz. Baking Chocolate 100% Cacao chopped

Chili Powder to your taste (I use about 2-3 tbsp.)

Cumin to your taste ( I use about 1 tbsp.)

Chipotle Powder to your taste (I use about 1 tsp.)

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 Can of Pinto Beans (optional) (one of our beneficial foods)


Cooked Beef

Cover the bottom of a pot with the olive oil

Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes

Next add the grass fed beef and cook for 10 minutes

Add the beef cubes, use a large spoon to break up the cubes as they cook down, do this until the beef is thoroughly cooked

Mix in 2 cups of Cucumber Salsa, and the water then bring to a boil

Add the chocolate, once the chocolate has melted add the next 4 ingredients to your taste

Finally, let the chili simmer for 10 minutes

If you want to add the pinto beans do it at the very end and simmer until the beans are thoroughly heated

You can top your chili with green onions and or mozzarella cheese.  Serve it over quinoa or gluten free noodles.  Put the chili inside a taco shell made from a grain that doesn’t offend your diet.  Layer the bottom of the shell with spinach leaves and top it off with some of the cucumber salsa.  I could not find a shell that didn’t offend my diet so I used a corn shell (oops!)  beef_taco