The Lighter Side of GERD

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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/14/2012 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
If you've got GERD/acid reflux/ gastritis, you've no doubt been dragged into a dark hole by it more than once. I'm hovering on the brink right now, having to stop my PPI due to some serious side effects. Perhaps it helps to remember the "good" things about GERD, like -

* Without GERD you'd never have known that you could survive without tea, coffee or alcohol

* Your GERD has probably brought you new friends, both here and in the outside world. With chronic illness you find out who your real friends are.

* You've probably experimented with some foods you never would have bothered with before, or may even have not heard of!

* Your diet is healthier than it was before, your arteries are whistle clean and you can walk past MacD's with your head held high.

* You've tried a whole range of naturopathic products - your GERD may be the same but the rest of your insides are probably glowing!

* You've taken your GERD places you never thought you would - on holiday (on honeymoon Erica!), to work, to a party, on a plane - I took mine on a school trip today! And you survived .....

God bless GERD ...... and bring it to an end soon!!



MMM


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fireworks
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   Posted 5/14/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks lovely for the great posting! :)



I used to pig out at buffet tables, eating mac at nights, drinking soda and chips like no tomorrow.. But once I have GERD/LPR, i watched what i eat (eating healthy!) and I started exercising! I make my hubby eat all the alkaline food with me. :p And no way am I going back to 'binge eating at buffets' or deep fried stuffs. :p



P.S. I'm going Germany Munich in Sept.. I dont know how the food there it will trigger me. Any advice?

fireworks
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   Posted 5/14/2012 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Something encouraging for all. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2laIPeiMtE&feature=share

Nickles
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   Posted 5/14/2012 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Mmm,

As much as I hate my LPR, you made some wonderful points.

new_2012
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   Posted 5/14/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
@mudmagnetmum,

Thanks for the post.

I have lost 10 pounds on Acid free diet. I can survive without coffee or tea. Yes that was a aha moment. I have also realized that I eat to live. Food is a necessity not a luxury solely for pleasure. My relationship with food has changed and hopefully I can continue this for rest of my life.

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   Posted 5/14/2012 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
MMM,
 
That was great and a positive spin on things is a good thing.  Thank you sweet lady !
 
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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/14/2012 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
GERD has definetly challanged me, which I guess is good for personal growth. MMM: Thanks for the shout out! Fireworks: stick to fruits and veggies and get used to asking for things like chicken and fish to be prepared plain. Stay clear of carbs if you can. Most of all you have to view your vacation differntly...I used to think vacation was a time to eat and drink like crazy....now it is about relaxing, learning about new places and appreciating the small things.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 5/14/2012 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a fabulous post, thank you, MMM. I know in my heart that I would never have gotten off of my butt and lost all this weight and start exercising every day (at 7am!) if it wasn't for GERD. I am eternally grateful.

Lilred08
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   Posted 5/14/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post,Mud.

I recently went to my bi-annual Las Vegas vacation and did a post on it on another thread. I was able to still have a fabulous time in Vegas with just some alterations. One of the best things about a Vegas vacation is all the restaurants there will do what you want, however you want something prepared. NO is not in their vocabulary out there.

Robyn

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/14/2012 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Vegas would be too tempting for me with all the booze and partying...but I am glad that you were able to have a great time anyway!! congrats to you

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/14/2012 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Just watched the YouTube link - amazing! Thank you.
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/14/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
PS - travel advice for Germany. I may not be up to date but my last visit there revealed lots of sausages, fried potato, coffee and beer! But you should be able to find nice rye bread and salads and they're just as cholesterol aware as the rest of us, so you could try asking for low fat and vegetarian, which might minimise some of the GERD risk!

Maybe start a new thread for travel advice for Germany?

MMM
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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

sunbeam48
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   Posted 5/14/2012 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I love not worrying any more about gaining weight. I was not overweight for my height, but I lost 12 pounds then stabilized. I really can't eat enough to gain weight, not without discomfort. I have a reason to say NO to those relatives who push food on me every time we visit them.

paul29
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   Posted 5/15/2012 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
yep you certainly find out who your real friends are and it turns out I didnt really have any, shame but hey ho thats life.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/15/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you make some new contacts in a setting where food and drink are not the main feature? Are you well enough to get down to a gym - no one would be anything but impressed if you were drinking only water and eating rice cakes there! Keep trying to find some new interests - I'm not trying to make light of your situation; you need to have supportive people around you and I'm sure they'll come your way if you try some new things. Here in the UK we have patient support groups to help people cope with ongoing chronic illness - doesn't suit everyone but you may have something similar where you are.

MMM

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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/21/2012 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
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