Hi there, cant help but overhear all this talk about carbs..... I've been suffering with this nightmare condition for a few solid months now (doesn't sound long I know, but its been so acute I just wanted to curl up and expire on a few occasions) and have finally started to get a handle on what, when and what not to eat.
I've noticed that it's got a lot to do with quantities of food and the desire to really "fill up" at mealtimes
(being a food fanitic I've become accustomed to filling myself to bursting point with rich foods and beer which has obviously had to be corrected), moreover, the type of food seems play a big part. The worst foods are those which need the most breaking down at the stomach stage, and therefore trigger the worst acid -producing response, i.e. meats (bad bad bad), fats and anything which you woukld call rich or dense.
For a week or so after it started getting bad I was too scared to eat anything really, and quickly found myself suffering from the effects of crash dieting (depression, strange pains in the liver, lethargy and I lost over a stone in weight!) obviousley this couldn't continue, so I started figuring out a reasonable diet to keep me alive and relatively pain free, this consisted of small, easily digestible regular meals. Now I try to eat every 2 hours and it seems to be going pretty well ............touch wood.
One slice of toast (lightly buttered) and topped with lo fat macaroni cheese or baked beans (1/2 tin).
A bowl of rice (boiled) with vegetables (possibly dry-fried).
All-bran or weetabix cereals are good if you need to fill up(these seem to promote little or no acid production as they are essentially indigestible -keeps things moving too!).
Smoothies (a personal favorite!!), these really are ace for people like us try this one- 1 banana, 1/2 avocado, 5 brazil nuts, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup plain yoghurt, some honey or maple syrup, outstanding and so filling.
Fish (no breadcrumb or batter!) grilled with broccoli and asparagus.
Soups -can't live without these anymore. Make your own vegetable soups (easy on the onions) and be creative but avoid hot stuff like tabasco. A good one for winter is butternut squash (you know those rude looking pumpkins) and sweet potatoes (yams, kumaras) fry them in a little oil with whatever veg u have hanging around, add stock, cook for 20 mins then blend with a little milk, delightfully digestible.
Lo fat rice pudding with maple syrup -remember sugar is ok and helps you keep alert and alive.
Synthetic vegetarian meat like quorn etc. is tasty and seems pretty innocuous, e.g. 1-2 sausages and a little mash (no butter) possibly even a drop of gravy.
Special nutrition shakes for people with loss of appetite (not me!) are good too, I tend to use more milk(skimmed) than the packet suggests so as to trick my stomach into thinking its just a drink and not food.
Sweets!! Go against everything you've been taught and eat them between meals however nothing with mint, acid or chocolate. Try jelly babies, nougat or liquorice allsorts. Gotta keep that blood glucose up!
Things not to eat:
Fat, meat (especially bacon -oh how I miss thee so), chocolate (miss you too), mints, alcohol (this one was hard! Neat spirits numb the pain while you drink them but it returns with a vengeance unlike that you've ever concieved, trust me. Also if you're drunk then you're more likely to succumb to eating greasy meaty loveliness), pastry (big no no) and anything you consider indulgent like gooey cake -it just aint worth it.
In summary (this was meant to be a quick reply, think I got carried away!) it's seems for me to be a matter of self-discipline, following this routine has been a complete lifestyle change for me -I've gone from bingeing on alcohol and rich food to eating like some body-obsessed hollywood starlet, but sometimes you gotta bite the bullet (no pun intented), and hopefully I'll get better soon and could even partake in some minor indulgence at christmas (I really hope so). Anyway, if you've read all this you have the patients of a saint and deserve to get better, hope some of it was of help to somebody.