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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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Stocking My Pantry

I have no patience for wasted space and I’m constantly tweaking and pruning my pantry.  It is important to me to fill it with healthy plant-based options, and nothing that might aggravate my stomach.  Some of the items I keep on hand may not be beneficial for the O Positive Diet.   I’m trying hard not to offend the diet but my stomach comes first.  It has been a challenge because I am still trying to figure out which foods help or hurt my GERD.  Some are very obvious while others are found through trial and error.  Below is a list of the main foods I currently stock and why.
I stock the beans (carbs), because they are so versatile but I eat them in very limited quantities, since many believe carbs, especially complex carbs can cause GERD to flare up.

  • Black Beans (chili, burgers, brownies)
  • White Beans (faux alfredo sauce, chili)
  • Chickpeas (hummus, chili, salads)
  • Black-eyed Peas (chili)
  • Pinto Beans (chili)
  • Canned Salmon (salad)
  • Canned Mackerel
  • Canned Crabmeat
  • Tahini
  • Chicken Broth (sautéing, soup)
  • Beef Broth (sautéing, soup)
  • Vegetable Broth (sautéing, soup)
  • Bone Broth (soup)
  • Miso Soup
  • Quinoa
  • Carob Powder
  • Celtic Salt (increase minerals, seasoning)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt (increase minerals, seasoning)
  • Liquid Smoke (seasoning black bean burgers)
  • Garlic Powder (seasoning)
  • Onion Powder (seasoning)
  • Popcorn (low calorie filling snack)
  • Coconut Oil Spray (used on popcorn so seasoning will stick)
  • Nutritional Yeast (seasoning, popcorn, B-12, pizza crust)
  • Coconut Oil (cooking)
  • Pumpkin Puree (bread, pancakes)
  • Gluten Free Flour (bread, pancakes)
  • Flaxseed Meal (crackers, pizza crust)
  • Pumpkin Seeds (snacks, crackers)
  • Chia Seeds (crackers, pudding, pizza crust)
  • Walnuts (snacks, salads)
  • Pecans (snacks, salads)
  • Watermelon Seeds (snacks, salads)
  • Nori Sheets (sushi, snacks, salads)

 

 

 

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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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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.