I know that this isn't on the foods to eat topic, but as I read your posts, I felt I needed to throw you a lifeline. I also love to cook and eat, and my husband and I go out to dinner a lot. Like you, I couldn't stand a lifetime of eating those safe foods.
So...go to see Dr. Kaufmann and get her great advice about what you should do. Give them a good long try and see how you feel and whether or not you can adjust to the changes you need to make to feel better.
Then, if after giving it all a good long chance to work, you're still struggling you have another option. Surgery. It's a last resort and not a perfect solution, but it may be the best one. You need to try everything else first, and if it's still not working for you, and you want more out of your eating/drinking life, it's time to explore the Nissen.
I'm only reminding you of this option, because you sound as if you see no light at the end of the tunnel right now. There is a light. After you really work hard at following the great advice and diet of Dr. Kaufman, and you're not happy with either the results of the way you have to live to get those results, then it's time to explore another option.
It won't be easy to get a GI doc to refer you to a surgery (Maybe Dr. Kaufman will be more comfortable with that option because she's so knowledgeable in LPR), but it is something that is worth the effort.
You'll read that the surgery is 70-80% effective in helping alleviate atypical symptoms (LPR). I had horrible asthma and struggled for 6 years before I finally had the surgery, and it did everything I'd hoped for. My lungs are healthy again (I do have allergies/asthma, so I still get problems during peak pollen season), and I can eat pretty much anything I want.
It may not be necessary, but keep it in the back of your head as a little light at the end of your tunnel. Hopefully you won't need to go there, but at least you know it's an available option if all else fails.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”