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ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/18/2013 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Long time lurker here. I decided to set up a username today to journal my diet change. I am on day 2 of my diet change, so we will see if it succeeds or fails.

BACKGROUND: I'm 29 years old, 175 lbs, and 6'1". I have had minor stomach issues since being a teenager. In high school I would take the occasional gaviscon (maybe once a week or every other week). In college, it was the same thing, but a bit more frequent. I noticed my symptoms were usually linked to drinking alcohol. I cut out alcohol for that reason, and because I found out that I lack a gene to fully break down the toxins in alcohol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_flush_reaction). Also, that intolerance makes me 6 - 10 times more likely to get esophageal cancer ... not good.

Over the past few years, my heartburn has been more frequent. I curbed it with gaviscon, pepcid, baking soda + water, etc. It was usually most intense at night. I would wake up feeling like I was gonna puke all over myself, then I would take an antacid, and it would make me feel better after about 30 minutes or so.

Well, the frequency kept going up and up until it was daily starting December of 2012. For the past 8 months, I have been suffering on a daily basis trying just about everything to combat it. I started with Zantac 75 mg. It worked great if I took it 3 times a day, but I didn't like how it made me feel. I went to see my primary care physician, and he gave me a Rx for Omeprazole 40 mg every morning.

Omeprazole worked like a charm, but I read about all the side effects, and I stopped taking it after 2 weeks. I experienced slight rebound, so I essentially went from Omeprazole to Zantac 75 3x's a day (before breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Again, Zantac makes me feel funny, and it doesn't always combat the late night reflux, so I tried cutting back on Zantac by cutting my pills into smaller pieces and taking reduced dosages. It didn't work out well at all.

Mind you, all the while I have been trying alternatives like DGL, Aloe Vera, and Slippery Elm. Of those three, the DGL and Slippery Elm resulted in a noticeable improvement (Slipper Elm for sore throat and DGL to calm my flare ups). Hence, I still take DGL on occasion and drink Slippery Elm nightly.

So after battling with LPR/GERD (it's a mix of both, but most of the burning is in my throat) on a daily basis for the past 9 months, I want to try a new approach. I have heard good things about the Fast Tract diet, so I bought the ebook last Thursday, finished reading it, and I will be trying to apply it to my daily diet. The general idea of the diet is that some foods take much longer to metabolize and they also produce much more gas in your gut. If you eat foods that produce large volumes of gas and take a long time to process, the pressure from the gas will push the LES open and the acid will shoot into your esophagus (like putting a mentos in a coke bottle). This makes good sense to me. Also, it jibes with my eating patterns. Prior to the daily reflux, I was eating tons of sweets (10+ oreos per day + cake + anything that was available).

DAY 1:
Breakfast: 3 strips of Trader Joes applewood smoked bacon. 3 eggs scrambled with a good amount (I will start measuring accurately in future journals) of cheddar cheese folded in. 3 chicken breakfast sausage links.
This breakfast was very low in fermentation potential according to the fast tract diet. The only food with any type of potential for fermentation was the cheese, but it was very, very low.

Lunch: A salad made with lettuce, cucumbers, salami, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Again, very low fermentation potential.

Dinner: Smoked chicken on top of sticky white rice from The Flame Broiler, a chain out in California that serves flame broiled / smoked meat in a rice bowl. Jasmine rice and sticky white rice are both low in fermentation potential. Brown rice is very high in fermentation potential. Hence, the diet suggests that you choose Jasmine rice or sticky white rice.

My symptoms: I had a very slight burning in my chest (not the normal region for my burning ... most of the time it's in my throat) during the morning hours. I took a DGL chewable to help soothe that. I had no symptoms from about 10am to 3pm. After the salad, I fell asleep on the couch for about a half hour (never good for a GERD sufferer to sleep after eating ... even if in the upright position). After waking up, I had slight burning in my throat. Tried to tough it out, but ended up taking a sip of liquid Gaviscon around 3:30 pm. Took two 1000 mg Tums at 9:00pm. Went to bed at 11:30pm with very mild symptoms.

Overall, I'm very happy that I made it through a day without Zantac. I'm also very happy that I only had to take two Tums and a sip of Gaviscon. My symptoms were definitely improved.

As I type this, this morning, I feel acid in my throat, but it isn't at the same intensity as before. After eating breakfast, I'm hoping the burning will go away.

Please excuse any run-on sentences, grammar errors, or misspellings. I'm just trying to create a public log that may interest other GERD/LPR sufferers.

ChattDana
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 8/18/2013 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I, too, have been on the Fast Track Diet for the past few weeks and have had great results. I have gone from 300 mgs of Zantac a day to 75mgs. Today is my first day not taking any Zantac at all. I have actually added brown rice (small amounts) into my diet but am wheat free. The white rice wasn't giving me enough fiber, even with eating lots of veg and fruits. I also eat bananas that are considered high fermentation potential, just because I need them to help my gastritis. I  eat lactose free or take a lactase if I am eating non-lactose free products (that doesn't have anything to do with the diet, I just realized that lactose causes symptoms for me, which never happened before this whole acid reflux/gastritis thing).

I take DGL, Intestinal Build which has slippery elm and marshmallow root, ale vera, psyllium fiber, salmon oil and flax seed oil and they have all helped.

I've gotten to where I don't really count the FP (fermentation potential) grams like you are supposed to. But, I think just cutting down on the carbs, especially wheat and the refined sugar products has been key in this diet working. Thanks for sharing what you ate. I'm always trying to get ideas or meals.  Good luck and continued success.


ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/18/2013 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
ChattDana said...
I, too, have been on the Fast Track Diet for the past few weeks and have had great results. I have gone from 300 mgs of Zantac a day to 75mgs. Today is my first day not taking any Zantac at all. I have actually added brown rice (small amounts) into my diet but am wheat free. The white rice wasn't giving me enough fiber, even with eating lots of veg and fruits. I also eat bananas that are considered high fermentation potential, just because I need them to help my gastritis. I eat lactose free or take a lactase if I am eating non-lactose free products (that doesn't have anything to do with the diet, I just realized that lactose causes symptoms for me, which never happened before this whole acid reflux/gastritis thing).
I take DGL, Intestinal Build which has slippery elm and marshmallow root, ale vera, psyllium fiber, salmon oil and flax seed oil and they have all helped.
I've gotten to where I don't really count the FP (fermentation potential) grams like you are supposed to. But, I think just cutting down on the carbs, especially wheat and the refined sugar products has been key in this diet working. Thanks for sharing what you ate. I'm always trying to get ideas or meals. Good luck and continued success.


This is great to hear! My goal is to get rid of the SIBO so I can eat what I want a few day per week and then eat Fast Tract a few days per week to keep things in check.

I ate eggs and bacon again for breakfast. I think breakfast and dinner will be easy, but lunch and snacks will be tougher to maintain. Do you have any suggestions for lunch or snacks that have worked well for you? Thanks!

ChattDana
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   Posted 8/18/2013 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
For lunch, I've been buying the rotisserie chicken from Costco and making a chicken salad with Vegannaise (vegan mayo, or you can use light mayo..oddly I like the taste of vegan mayo). I don't put too much mayo just enough to make the chicken not be too dry. I then take a corn tortilla and put sliced avocado and the chicken salad on it.
I also go to Whole Foods (or Earth Fare or any place like that) and get sushi or California rolls. I don't use the soy sauce they give you, but use organic tamari sauce, which tastes a lot better, but also doesn't have wheat in it, like most soy sauces do.
I eat out a lot for lunch and usually get a teriyaki chicken bowl with no teriyaki sauce (I add my tamari sauce).
That's basically what I eat for lunch.
Usually for snacks, I eat fruit or sesame rice crackers or Nabisco Rice thins (they just came out with those) with a little of the chicken salad or tuna salad or lactose free farmer's cheese or hard cheese on them. I also eat Van's say cheese cheese crackers. They are made from brown rice, millet and oats and taste like the Goldfish and Cheese Nip crackers I use to be addicted to.

ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 8/18/2013 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
DAY 2:
Breakfast: 3 eggs + mild cheddar cheese + 3 slices of bacon
Lunch: Jasmine rice topped with salami and mozzarella cheese. Heated it in the microwave and topped with a dollop of sour cream and some romaine lettuce. This was really just a mishmash of what I had left in my house. It turned out to be pretty darn tasty though.
Snack: Uncooked broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.
Dinner: Jasmine rice topped with some tofu (tofu was cooked in a frying pan with Tony Cachere's seasoning), mozzarella cheese, some sour cream, romaine lettuce, and some salsa.

My symptoms: I was pretty asymptomatic until about 3:30pm. At that time, I took a single Tums. It helped me get to dinner. After dinner I had some heartburn that required two Tums and some DGL to counter. I just finished taking those Tums and DGL, so we will see how the night goes.

Also, I have to admit that it has been tough changing my diet so far. Many times I have thought of just taking some Zantac and eating whatever I want, but I want to stay the course and see how this works out. I'm giving it at least 1 week, so two days down ... 5 to go. If my symptoms are less in 5 days, I will continue on with the diet.

ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 8/20/2013 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
DAY 3:
Breakfast: 3 eggs + mild cheddar cheese
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on white bread
Snacks: Strawberries with cottage cheese. Walnuts. Blue diamond thin crackers with cream cheese (8 crackers).
Dinner: Baked salmon and a cucumber salad

My symptoms: I had to take 4 tums today. It wasn't any better than the past two days. If anything, it was a bit worse at times. Hopefully tomorrow will improve. We will see...

SunnySkyJan
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/20/2013 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I know for a fact that my GERD is from what I eat. Thank you for the Diet. I sure wouldn't mind eating the same everyday. Its mom that manages to bake something that is sure to make me sick! LOL
She is 89 and I'm 65 and she lives with us. I will print this and tell her that I need to stick to a regiment of PLAIN food. In fact...I could actually make it without nuts or crackers. Every time I would make Salmon, I would get GERD. Then I ordered one at Perkins and I was fine. Explain That!

ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/21/2013 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
DAY 4:
Breakfast: 3 eggs + mushrooms + mild cheddary cheese
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo
Snacks: Strawberries with cottage cheese. Walnuts. Blue diamond thin crackers with cream cheese (8 crackers).
Dinner: Ground turkey cooked in a pan with green bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. This was served on top of some jasmine rice. Thanks so much for my wife. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have these great lunches and snacks packed for me and a nice dinner to come home to!

My symptoms: I took 2 tums today. It was definitely my best day yet. Heartburn is still the worst in the evening, but once I take a tums, it knocks it out. I can't believe I'm able to say that! Normally, a tums would be like eating a piece of candy. I used to need at least Gaviscon, but preferably an H2 blocker. I'm finally starting to gain some faith in this diet. Hopefully things keep going up!

ryangt
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/23/2013 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
DAY 5:
Breakfast: 3 eggs + mild cheddar cheese
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo
Snacks: Strawberries with cottage cheese. Walnuts. Blue diamond thin crackers with cream cheese (8 crackers).
Dinner: Ground turkey cooked in a pan with green bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. This was served on top of some jasmine rice.

My symptoms: I took 3 tums today. Even though I took more tums, this was the best day yet. I was pretty liberal with my tums usage. I made sure you take them whenever I had the slightest hint of a burn in my throat.
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DAY 6:
Breakfast: 3 eggs + mild cheddar cheese
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo
Snacks: Strawberries with cottage cheese. Walnuts. Blue diamond thin crackers with cream cheese (8 crackers).
Dinner: Cornflake chicken, pan-fried (also seasoned). A side of zucchini and spinach cooked in olive oil and lemon juice (also seasoned).

My symptoms: I took 1 tums today. This was by FAR the best day. I had no acid after dinner. I'm burping much less than I did before. Also, when I do burp, the acid feeling in my throat subsides within a minute. This diet has been a life-saver so far. The only complaint that I have is my constipation. I have to alter the diet a bit to allow for more fiber so I can be more regular. Also, I stopped exercising, so that may be another contribution to the constipation.

Gondore
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Date Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts : 119
   Posted 1/7/2014 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Any updates on the progress?

ParrotSlave
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Date Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 2/18/2014 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Ryangst,
 
Thanks for posting your diet.  I'm looking for something to try.  I've been hoping to avoid PPI's because of long term ide effects but my doctor is giving me this serious look.....
 
Have you tried digestive Enzymes to help you with your digestion?
 
I'm really shocked and surprised that you can handle the processed meats and lovely cheddar cheese.  I have switched my cheese to 1/2 fat Feta cheese which works lovely in an omelet.
Also, the peppers really surprise me as this is a major trigger of indigestion for me.
 
Any thoughts/opinions of Basmati Rice?  
 
Barb
 
 
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