Food Diary Suggestions?

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   Posted 11/8/2011 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, my HealingWell friends smilewinkgrin

I go for gastroscopy on Monday. I've been doing well following my vegan diet, but I have started to develop quite a bit of nausea, which is leading to reflux. It sets in at night about an hour before bed. It will ease up a little bit so that I can sleep, but it's there first thing in the morning and I feel quite bad rolleyes

I'm pretty surprised at this new symptom, so I've decided to start up a food diary again. Here is what I plan to include:

-Wake up time
-When I take my Nexium
-What I eat and when
-When I have to take Tums or Gaviscon
-When I go to bed

I plan to record anytime I have either pain, discomfort, or nausea. If anyone has ANY other suggestions, I would love to hear them. Anything at all!

I hope everyone is well!

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   Posted 11/8/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Morning nausea is one of my main symptoms, and the one that drove me to start medication (I just couldn't cope with the school run whilst feeling so green......).

Couple of things - I think I have more nausea if I have slept on my stomach (don't have much control over this!!), so you may want to add a note in your diary along those lines, if you also wake up on your tummy sometimes. Secondly, if ANYTHING, anything at all, wakes me in the night it also wakes up my stomach, which immediately expects breafast, even if it's 3 am. Whenever that happens I can 100% guarantee waking up feeling sick.

Lastly, and possibly more useful, I chew DGL whilst in the shower if I wake up feeling queasy and that definitely helps.

My symptoms don't come on in response to any particular food or any other recognisable trigger (except wine or coffee) that I can pinpoint. Good luck with your diary!

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   Posted 11/8/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest keeping track of:
how many grams of (all kinds of) fat you eat each day
how many acidic foods you eat.

Acidity or alkalinity of foods is based on actual pH value, not the acidified and alkalinized lists commonly found on the Internet. Here's a list of pH values of foods:
And here's a list of the fat content of common foods:
There are no "good fats", all take a lot of acid to digest.
Also consider acidic preservatives in foods, including citric acid, ascorbic acid.  Foods containing these are quite acidic.
For me it is not so much the individual foods, but the collective impact on my digestion of everything I eat.  The more good food I eat, the better I feel. 

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 11/9/2011 5:26:00 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/9/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Ashley! Keeping a journal will help you figure out when to take meds and what foods cause you the least reflux. It takes quite a while to get really good data, but it's worth it. I especially like reminding myself how long it's been since my last pain med so I can tell if it's working.
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