Thegspeak, I read an idea for your coughing on another forum: gargling, with plain cool water. Probably Evamore or another alkaline water would be best. This person gargled every chance she had, 50 times a day. This idea makes a lot of sense for reducing the pH in your throat. I had your horrible cough over a year ago, it kept me awake at night.
I'm sorry the Koufman diet hasn't helped you. There have been numerous people posting here who this diet did not help. Maybe you want to stay on the induction for another week or two, and switch to something else if you still see no improvement. It is always a good idea to do a 2 week trial eliminating lactose and gluten, they commonly contribute to GERD.
Chocolate has been shown to relax the LES, so I have eaten a Hersheys nugget only when there isn't too much food in my stomach.
Baked goods that are more bread-like are generally lower fat. At my church bake sale I bought a rice square cereal snack, coated with powdered sugar and probably chocolate milk powder like Quick. It is gluten free. The Fig Newtons are a good idea. We have to have something to get us through the holidays!
Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 12/21/2012 8:02:37 AM (GMT-7)