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lewk
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   Posted 9/15/2005 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have chronc GERD for 5 months.  An endoscope found grade A esophagitis.  PPIs work for a couple of weeks and them slowly stop working.  I have been using DGL to minimize the damage (hopefully).  My GERD is constant, not related to when I do and don't eat.  I'm interested in trying out the low carb approach to this problem since some of you have found relief with this approach.  This might seem naive but what can one eat or not eat on a low carb diet that ?  No grains at all?  What about fruit?  Vegetables?  Maybe you can point me to a good book or website.
 
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Norm1
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   Posted 9/15/2005 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Lewk,
I can direct you to Protein Power (and their other books) by Michael and Mary Dan Eades. Its a great place to start. It works.

Norm
 
 
Edited to add a link for you
Thanks Norm looks like a great book

lewk
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   Posted 9/16/2005 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
DrNorm and Jennifer,
 
   Thanks for the infomation.  On thing I forgot to ask is whether you know of any people who were not overweight that resolved their GERD with a low carb diet.  And also if they lost weight on the protocol. I'm 5'10'' and weigh 145 lbs.  I certainly don't want to lose weight.
 
Lewk

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   Posted 9/16/2005 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
lewk,
 so let me just say that my understanding on lean individuals is that they loose a few pounds initially but gain it back is a week or so. Just eat more. There are plenty of calories in this diet. In fact the dietary intake is unlimited in terms of calories. Eat plenty of healthy fats, fish, meat, cheese, avacados, olive oil, etc.

I hope that helps,

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MikeK
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   Posted 9/18/2005 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
A high protein diet is not the answer. High meat consumption which cause problems i'm living proof. I used to eat at least a 1 lb of meat everyday as a kid and always ate meat.

What you want to go on is the no grain diet, it really helped me a lot where as my doctor told me to reduce grains and meats.
No grains is no potatoes, no rice, no soy, and no corn. Yes corn is a grain! Processed foods is pure junk.
You can have almonds. You can make almond bread from almond flour. that will be your protein and calorie source since vegetables and fruits lack enough calories. before you eat almonds make sure you soak them overnight. Fruits should be i moderation. Olive oil is great but coconut oil is the best for your health. I take fish oil and HCI with pepsi (at your local health food store). It will take some time to stop eating grains so don't get upset and give up give it time.

If you want to go one step further, if dairy products doesn't bother you start making your own culture yogurt. You can goggle for more info.
Cultured yogurt has active live bacteria that is beneifical for colon health.

Good luck

MikeK
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   Posted 9/18/2005 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/beginners_guide/beginners.htm

I forgot the add that in. It also helps with acidic reflux etc. I don't agree eating a lot of meat though.

lewk
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   Posted 9/18/2005 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Mikek,

   Thanks for the info.  I've been a vegetarian for the last 15 years.  I was shocked that I have GERD even though I've had intestinal issues most of my life.  Fruit and Nuts are very hard for me to digest.  It will certainly be tough to give up grains.  I'm reluctant to go on a high protein high fat diet yet I don't want to take Nexium the rest of my life either.  I'll read the book.  Hopefully there are near vegetarian alternatives offerred in the book.  That would be ideal.  Psychologically it would be very hard for me to go back to a diet of a lot of meat eating.

Lewk

 

 


Kelleigh
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   Posted 9/30/2005 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Lewk:  I have been on the low carb diet for GERD for a full month.  I am 5'7" and weighed about 115.  I initially lost about 4 lbs., but have regained it and maintain a 115 weight.  I was diagnosed early this year with GERD.  I was put on two 40 mg. Nexium a day.  The 2nd day on the low carb diet I stopped one of the Nexium, after two more weeks I stopped the other 40 mg. Nexium and went to a 20 mg. Aciphex.  In another couple weeks I will drop the Aciphex as well.  I'm so thrilled to be off the Nexium!  I have felt better and more normal than I've felt in 8 months after going on the low carb diet.  Here's what I eat most days; for breakfast I have two low carb yogurts.  For lunch I have a big Romaine and Spinach salad with hard boiled egg, cucumber, Portabella mushrooms and either cooked chicken or salmon in the salad.  I make my own salad dressing.  I use 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 4 little teensy spoons of Kal Stevia (it's the only non-chemical, non-calorie, non-carb sweetener out there), ground pepper and 1/8th teaspoon salt.  It's delicious on salads with meat.  I also sometimes have an Italian mean dish that has tenderized sirloin, ham, cheese and spinach in it.  For dinner we have a meat, asparagus, broccoli, green beans (sometimes) and another big salad.  Because I'm also fructose intolerant I can't have any products with sugar but occasionally cheat without any problems.  For snacks I have slices of sharp cheddar cheese or a handful of mixed nuts.  I also occasionally have some berries, but I have to watch the sugar in fruits. 

I cannot express to you how much better I feel.  I no longer have an elevated bed, no longer have two pillows under my head, no longer fear eating or having to eat all those little meals.  I also have a glass of red wine every night before dinner and I have a diet coke every day.  I also drink 5 cups of coffee every morning with Kal Stevia as my sweetener.  It's not ideal as I am a fantastic cook and owned a bakery for 15 years, but I feel good and that's what's important.  Before I went on this diet, I couldn't travel or be comfortable even going out to dinner with anyone...now I'm okay....and I don't have bad days.  I feel pretty normal.  I know you'd feel even better than I do if you don't have fructose intolerance or Celiac Disease.  Those two things really can make your life miserable when added to GERD, but the low carb diet works for them too.

Please try it.  Do a google search and put in "GERD" + "low carb diet"  You'll find tons of info.  My initial info was the article in Alternative mag that told about the GERD study at Duke University with the low carb diet.  When I read that, I knew they were on to something.  Dr. Norm Robillard also has a book out that has helped a lot of people understand why the diet works for us.  It really really works...give it a try!

 

 


Kelleigh
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   Posted 9/30/2005 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Lewk, I forgot to ask, can you eat fish? You could live on fish on this diet too!

lewk
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   Posted 9/30/2005 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelleigh,

Thanks for the information. I'm glad the low carb diet worked so well for you. In the past I have been mostly a vegan ocaasionally having a piece of cheese. I have had digestive problems of some kind or another my entire life. I recently went to see an acupuncturist who explained my issue in chinese medical terms. He said it was important that I eat some animal protein, fish is ok, chicken good, beef or lamb even better. I have to stay away from "cold" foods, fruit, most grains except for rice and oats, raw foods. I am to eat mostly vegetables with rice, a little bit of meat and beans and a very little bit of fruit. He is very confident that he can help me. So I'm giving it a try. I'm resisting the high animal protein approach for now. It is a real psychological barrier for me for both health and ethical reasons.

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   Posted 10/2/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Kelleigh,
I am so happy that this approach has worked for you, particularly in light of having GERD with some complicting conditions. Thanks for sharing your experience so others may take advantage. It's amazing that such a simple (and healthy) diet change can make such a huge difference. I researched the controlled carb diet effect on this disease and wrote the book because I was so amazed at the results I had with my own GERD almost two years ago. I believe that this approach will soon be recognized as the single best cure for heartburn.

Norm

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   Posted 10/3/2005 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi kelleigh

I'm glad you're having so much success with your diet.You seem to be eating in a very similar way to me--and I am so much better.Were you able to drink wine, coke and coffee from day one of starting the diet or did you ban them and gradually reintroduce them? I still have problems with these--especially wine.Also do you count your carbs or do you find it doesn't matter as long as you are eating healthy veg and salads?

thanks


Jocaste
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   Posted 10/4/2005 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi leuk
 
I tried a vegan diet in the past but I think my experience as a vegetaian may have contributed to my problems.On a controlled carb diet you don't have to eat huge amounts of meat and fat--I don't--but I do eat more veg than I used to --and I've got rid of the junk!
 
good luck

Norm1
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   Posted 10/12/2005 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice work Jocaste! I couldn't agree more.

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