eat right and enjoy it

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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MY TOP TEN

I’m not perfect but these are the top 10 things I try to do every single day.  These things keep me going and feeling like I’m making progress as I deal with GERD.

  • Drink alkaline water throughout the day (to wash out or deactivate the enzyme pepsin)
  • Drink 8-16 ounces of freshly juiced, green vegetables (these vegetables are alkaline and full of micronutrients)
  • Exercise for at least 1 hour
  • Avoid sugar-laden and starchy foods as much as I can
  • Avoid processed foods (which means I’m constantly cooking)
  • Eat whole foods as much as possible (I love the produce section of the grocery store, I view it as my pharmacy)
  • Eat a spoonful of Manuka Honey 3 times a day (to help soothe my throat and stomach)
  • Try not to eat anything after 6:00 pm (if I eat anything 4 hours before I go to bed I’m guaranteed to wake up with a stomach ache and sore throat)
  • Sleep with my head elevated (this is hard for me to do every night)
  • Show my husband that I appreciate him for helping me


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Yes! You Must Excercise

walkExercising is the other component to this diet.  The recommendations for the type of exercise differs for each blood type.  For type O Positive it is recommended that we do something intense.  Right now my family and I do brisk walking for an hour, we try to do this at least 3 times a week.  Our schedules are crazy so we have to walk before school and work which means we are walking in the early morning darkness 😦

 

Honestly, though I have to tell you that for the first couple of months we were just too tired and busy to get up and go walking, but guess what we still lost weight!  For type O Positive this is a gluten-free, pork free, dairy and egg free (depending on your ethnicity), corn and oat free way of eating.  It may seem like there is nothing left to eat but that is a misconception you have to be creative, positive, and open-minded.  I look forward to feeling and looking better now that we’ve added the exercise component!