Trying to eat better

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x
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   Posted 12/26/2012 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I've been trying to eat better but I'm still not at 100% with solid food. I've tried the suggestions others made of scrambled eggs and those worked ok. I saw my GI dr and she said I can eat whatever I want, but I'm still unsure of what's ok to try. She said I should be eating and trying more stuff, since I had lost 20 lbs since I last saw her. I don't want to be damaging my body by only eating certain foods, like soft stuff. My weight has remained the same for about a month and I'm not underweight, but I worry that only eating certain foods like I have been is bad for my body somehow.

Do you guys think its not great for my body to just be having mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, bananas, cottage cheese, deli sliced ham, and Ice cream.

Lately I've had bananas, sweet potatoes and grits and those have worked out ok. A few days ago i had a few bites of ham slices and fish patties, chewed them really well and they went down ok. I wish there was some way I could just eat stuff without being worried in the back of my mind or apprehensive!

Any ideas anyone has or reassurance people can give me would be great. Thanks!

thegspeak
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   Posted 12/26/2012 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there x, do you have LPR? Have you had surgery?

I am on a low acid LPR diet and am finally learning how to eat a variety of foods that i know won't hurt me. Like you I was very upset about eating...thought I would never feel good or enjoy food again.

Regarding the things you are eating, my doctor would not let me eat half of it because some of it is too acidic. For instance, sweet potatoes are acidic but Yams are not. If you don't know the difference you can google it or ask someone at the market. Ham slices are not good, lean meats are fine but they can't be processed meat. Fish patties are too high in fat and more difficult to digest. But grilled or baked or broiled fish (plain) is fine. Cottage cheese has to be low fat or will make things worse for you. Same with ice cream. You should lay off that I think. I think your diet is too high in fat. Fatty things require a lot of acid to digest, more acid more symptoms.... Let me know if you are interested in what I am eating. I'm doing ok, i slip now and then but as the days go by I am sticking to it. i just want to feel better. Good luck to you I hope you feel better soon and learn to eat a variety of foods that are healthy for you.

x
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   Posted 12/26/2012 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I Don't have LPR and haven't had surgery. I have Gerd and take omeprazoke twice a day. Thanks for the info on those foods, I'm just trying to get more nutrients than I have been. I'm interested in what you're eating.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/27/2012 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
There are differing opinions on digestion. I was on the Koufman diet, low fat and low acid, for over a year. My LPR symptoms improved, I believe by reducing the amount of acid going down my throat. I don't believe it improved my digestion. I am now on the Fast Track for Heartburn diet, which is based on current digestion research. Healthy fats are fine, including fat from meat, olive oil and butter. You can eat unlimited proteins including eggs, meat and fish. You should be eating more green vegetables (but not peas). Eat limited amounts of carbs including short grain white or jasmine rice. Do a week trial of no meat or milk and see if you feel better. Avoid bananas, eat limited fresh or frozen strawberries and melon. You will be limiting fiber and sugars. Splenda is the preferred sweetener, plain yogurt sweetened with it would be much better than ice cream. Russett potatoes are ok in small quantities, but not sweet potatoes. Take a probiotic twice daily.

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 12/27/2012 6:55:19 AM (GMT-7)


thegspeak
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   Posted 12/27/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
x i am going to start a new post some time later today with how i'm keeping myself going and getting enough into me (that I like) so I don't feel hungry all the time. Sunbeam's diet sounds good too and there is no right way since everyone is different.

Sunbeam do you recommend this diet while symptomatic in the beginning or as more of a maintenance thing?

sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/27/2012 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I think eating the most digestible foods at the beginning makes a lot of sense. As people feel better they should try different things to refine what really works for them. I will personally be sticking to this diet because I believe that this will over time reduce my digestive issues, and reduce the recurrence of my symptoms. There is no cure for Gerd but this will help me controll it. I'm only taking a couple of TUMS per day now, so when things flare up I will have short term meds available. After over a year on the Koufman diet I was not feeling well. I was eating too little fat and not absorbing the nutrients I needed. Dr. Koufmans work and research focus on Lpr not digestion.

x
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   Posted 12/28/2012 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried some baked salmon and bread tonight and they went down ok! I am so glad. Thanks to everyone for their advice and ideas in this thread and others!

sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/29/2012 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know that you are doing better! Happy New Year!
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