Food intake - how often, when and how much

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SouthernComfort
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   Posted 2/6/2013 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I was trying to eat smaller portions more frequently over the past weeks and I must say it helps. However what I find is very often the portions of food I make are not that much smaller, so I end up eating more often but not much less than I should. Luckily, I don't have a weight issue and if anything, I am quite slim, so this hasn't started to effect me putting weight. However, I know that I should try to monitor my portion size.

Also it would be great to hear how other people split there food intake through out the day. Hours of food, intervals between eating and drinking water (before, during, after or hours between the food).

I would appreciate to hear the advice of how the stable food plan should look like. Feeling a bit lost.

Thanks, guys.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/6/2013 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
SC,
I think it takes some time to get the rhythm of this. I believe that size of meals is more important than what you eat because the objective is to reduce pressure on the LES. There is little reasearch done on diets and GERD. I follow a lower carb and lower fiber diet called Fast Tract. I eat scrambled eggs for breakfast, homemade vegetable soup for lunch with lots of protein, and a lot of meal salads for dinner. I cook in large quantities so I can have a small bowl of it anytime. Snacks include cheese and almonds, but not too many almonds because of the fiber. I eat yogurt with fruit most days, sweetening my own with Splenda. Think about side dishes in restaurants and keep them on hand. I try to eat something every three hours.

I drink mostly water or tea, which I think is best to sip slowly after the meal so I don't fill my stomach too much. I work part time, and bring plastic containers of food I can eat cold or easily heat in the microwave. My weight is also healthy and stable but I check it often to make sure.

Food intolerances commonly contribute to GERD. You might want to try a couple of weeks without wheat to see if that reduces your symptoms. Or maybe you are symptom free on meds and satisfied with that.

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 2/6/2013 7:05:20 AM (GMT-7)


ericapeace2000
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   Posted 2/6/2013 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I also eat every 2 to 3 hours and I never drink water while eating, I always wait until I am done eating. I am on a different diet, a low fat, low acid, low dairy and gluten free diet and it has been helpful. I usually will eat fruit as a snack (melons, apples, bananas) almonds, gluten free pretzels (If I do not eat carbs I lose way too much weight) carrotts. I also take Kale and papaya enzymes after eating and a host of other vitamins. I also drink high PH water (Evamore) and Chamomille tea (it is non caffinated, herbal tea that helps the digestive tract) in between meals and chew non mint gum. I also do not eat anything after 7 or 8 pm (I do not get home from work until 6 ).
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

SouthernComfort
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   Posted 2/6/2013 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your suggestions, guys!
I read Dr. Kauffman and followed Induction phase for about 1,5 weeks. Now, I'm just trying to eat less fat and less acidic food, but can't always follow this strict plan (it's tough, I like tasty and flavoursome food and too many temptations). I came to realise the dairy is a trigger for me (but guilty to admit, I still eat some products that contain it).
Do you know of any on-line resources that recommend menues for the Reflux sufferes in terms of portion sizes and nutrition? I guess this is the biggest challenge - to understand how much to eat, sustaining healthy vitamins/minerals intake? It would generally be good to understand what the standard portion of food for a healthy person in opposed to what should be OUR Gerd people's portion.
Strangely enough, whilst trying this new methods and Dr. Kauffman dietry suggestions, I strated to appreciate new foods and more natural (spices and seasons free) food. But I still miss flavours! Oh god, I love cooking so much and it hurts to be cooking and eating bland.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/6/2013 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
SC, I followed the Koufman diet for well over a year. I think the low acid part is excellent, but I do not feel that it addresses the digestive issues that underlie GERD. I don't know of any free online resource like you describe, but the Fast Tract book does contain that information. There is Fast Tract thread here that contains more details. You are smart to be asking this kind of question. The Koufman diet does not specify any minimum amount of fat, and fats are required to digest and absorb nutrients. I believe I was not eating enough fat, and became under nourished while on this diet.

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 2/6/2013 1:51:43 PM (GMT-7)

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