Danie, thanks so much for the reminder about watermelon. I definitely will get some (I had some 2 weeks ago but I forgot to buy more). do you think the person was right that kiwi is acidic?
It's strange because my chiropractor put me on a liver cleansing routine which means that I'm not allowed to eat fruits during the day, only at night (and I'm not allowed to eat grains). So I have no idea what to eat for breakfast!
Danie, I don't think you should make the assumption that we can't give up on foods.
I surely can. I think it's just confusing sometimes when we hear so many different things! I actually finally made a bowel movement after I ate 2 plums. So I thought that eating plums is good for me. I don't want to be constipated forever as that could kill me.
And if some of us don't know what is acidic and what is not (or if we do but just don't know the entire list, etc.) then I don't think that you should jump down our throats.
I think you've been a great deal of help and support, however, your last post seemed like you were putting us down. I'm not sure if it's because you put words in caps or what. But we are educated and doing what we can to heal so please don't put us down.
Danie, I had a feeling that you might say that you won't post anymore (after seeing that that post you wrote was offensive).
But I have benefited from reading your posts and I, too have been trying DGL licorice.
I don't mind not eating plums if I shouldn't because they are acidic. It's just that I always listen to what you write so I didn't feel it necessary to be criticized for no reason. When I read about fruits that were acidic, plums weren't listed there for some reason. I never read a post that you wrote before about not eating plums.
If I stick to my chiro's liver cleansing plan and only eat fruits at night then this will only be for 14 days. He actually supports the alkaline diet and is much more supportive of DGL licorice than my GI doctor. He knows about DGL!!!! So, I don't think you should be quick to criticize him either. Just because some treatment plan is a little different than yours does not mean that it is wrong.
I"m really glad that you got better. But just because it took you a month does not mean that it can happen that quickly for everyone else.
If you don't wish to post anymore, that is fine if it is because you feel that you already wrote enough. But surely, you should not chose to post due to anything that I wrote. Because all I have done is support you and do the very things that you have suggested to do. I have eaten an alkaline diet and have been on DGL licorice. I may have tried plums to get rid of the constipation. But I had no idea that they weren't allowed!!!
Danie, please don't go just because of one person getting upset with you. I agree with you Danie 100%. Now please before you people all get upset just pretend for a second that I am actually Dr. Phil and I am talking directly to some of you and you know who you are.
I believe many but not all of these people here actually love being sick so they can come here day after day and complain and get empathy from other people not willing to do what it takes to get better. What's the saying, misery loves company or something like that. Most of these people in my opinion are not just overweight but are possibly 50 to 100 lbs plus over their normal weight.
Before anyone says I am making fun of people I am not. I was 27 lbs overweight myself for a man my age and height. I should be 178 and I was 205 at my worst. I am now at 188 lbs now and having one heck of a time losing the last 10 lbs to get to my desired weight. I know what many of you people are going thru struggling to not eat at night and giving in to a box of chocolate chip cookies and eating them all at one sitting at 11 o' clock and wondering what just happened.
The reason you are not willing to get better is beause you would rather keep having the short term pleasures of eating the junk food and soda pop over the long term pleasures of feeling good again. It's a constant battle but like Danie says and like what happened to me. Eventually you have to do WHATEVER IT TAKES and stick to it NO MATTER WHAT until you actually start to feel better and that required changing what you are eating. I had to hit rock bottom physically before I took what was happening to me serious and realized no doctors or pills were going to help me. I had to do this all by myself.
If you are are fat and enjoy the ding dongs at night and your idea of exercise is visualizing you are skinny, that is not going to cut it and you will continue to suffer no matter how many pills you are taking. To get better requires a total physical, mental, and psychological makeover and it takes time. For me it took two years. For Danie it took a month. If I were you all I would listen to what Danie says. Danie makes the most sense but it also requires the most EFFORT as far as change goes.
This is why in my opinion that most are not listening. You all want a magic pill to do all the work. Is it any wonder the U.S is the most obese country in the world. Obesity and not willing to change your eating habits is why most of us are here including myself. My diet was horrible but now I am a totally different person in what I decide to put in my body. I owe all this to Danie. Please stay Danie, trust me you are helping more people than you think. Don't let one person who disagrees with you let you from helping out others.
RandyDandy, if Danie leaves it is not because of me (you said for her not to leave just because "one person upsets you.")...I'm just making that clear.
I have enjoyed her posts as well. All I did was point out that she should not have been critical in one of her posts. Especially not to people, like me, who have supported her. Even she seemed to understand that that post of hers was harsh.
I couldn't have said it better myself, THANK YOU! I compliment you on your incredible breakthru and I'm so happy that I was able to influence you even a little and then you did all the hard work to heal YOURSELF.
I don't know why PAIN and potential surgeries (that might not even work) can't motivate people to change everything they've been doing so far.
I did write in previous postings that I understand many of you have so many other problems (since you post them) and everyone has their own reasons for having GERD. Of course everyone is different and has arrived at this horrible illness in different ways. I don't know your personal medical histories and I'm not a doctor nor am I in the medical field. I don't know who any of you are, your ages, how troubled you are, how many other infirmities you have. All I know is what happened to me and how I resolved it.
I also agree with everything Randy has written, it's sad but true that there have to be some of you out there that are not willing to do the hard work. Just complaining, complaining all the time.
I was very excited to share my good results with all of you but I also posted very clearly that it took ALOT OF WORK on my part to get healthy. I gave up everything! I ate what I posted below for one month! I did not complain on this site about it, I just did it. It was an experiment, along with the DGL and sleeping only on the left side. I was my own guinea pig and when it worked I happily shared it with all of you. Of course the food was boring after a while! Of course, I did not go out to eat with friends or family! I made it my mission to heal and that was it!
By the way, I wish that any new posters would research back thru this site to see if there are answers to their questions. I think this site right now covers just about everything there is to be said about GERD. That was what I meant about me not having to post anything else. Basically it's all here. All everyone has to do is the WORK. I really don't know how old any of you are but sometimes it's been like listening to little children!
Friendlygal, it's ok I just feel bad for you that you are still suffering and searching for a healthy life. I would suggest to you though - at least for a week - to try to eat just COOKED vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens, the alkaline soup I posted, carrots), alot of tofu for protein, quinoa grains (you cook them) and sweet potatoes (even at every meal if you want to keep your weight up) and drink alot of water. Take a good multi vitamin and some calcium citrate with magnesium(only citrate form or calcium is non constipating, if you take calcium carbonate it's extremely constipating). Maybe it might take you longer than one week but you can't tell me that you will be constipated on that kind of food intake. If you are, then there are other problems with your intestines that have to be addressed.
I certainly don't want to argue with any of you but I really don't have much patience, and I have been patient, for people that constantly complain over and over and don't do something really dramatic to change what is harming them.
And by the way, I still eat as alkaline as possible. I don't drink alcohol, I try to eat less sugar, I don't drink carbonated anything (I used to love Pellegrino mineral water). I will never go back to having the horrible symptoms that I had. It really saddens me to hear all of you in pain, I know what it's like. BUT pain should make you change so DO IT.
As Randy said, the very least you can all do is try the DGL and sleeping on your left side. Even if you have other issues to deal with, it may change your life for the better.
I wish you all good health