Losing 20 pounds, Day 6, Foods to avoid with GERD

chefSo, I’m sort of settling into a routine now. I’m not as hungry as I used to be. I hope that means the stomach is shrinking along with my appetite. I’m still a little scattered though. Thought I was so organized yesterday. I packed my bag with everything I needed so I could go straight to the gym from the office and do the elliptical for 30 minutes. But then I realized I forgot one very important thing…my sneakers!   I went home instead and walked on the treadmill for a half-hour.

One of my big motivators in sticking to this new, healthier diet, is GERD, (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Symptoms for this are heartburn, excessive gas, and waking up with a sore throat. When my doctor first gave me a list of foods to avoid,  I laughed. It was pretty much a list of all my favorite things.

  • Fatty foods.
  • Wine, or any alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Spicy foods.
  • Acidic foods, like tomatoes and citrus.
  • Mint.
  • Chocolate.
  • Onions.
  • Coffee or any caffeinated beverage.
  • Carbonated beverages.

He also said that losing weight might help, and a friend said that her GERD went away completely when she dropped 25 pounds. So, I’m hoping for similar results in that regard. I haven’t completely omitted everything on that list, but I have cut way back, especially on the wine. I can’t give up my coffee though. GERD can be managed if you avoid these foods, and different medications can help as well. I hate taking anything though, and am hoping that it won’t be necessary in a few months.

Yesterday’s meals were oatmeal and one egg, scrambled, leftover pasta with veggies and a garden salad, and for dinner, baked chicken with Dijon mustard and brown rice.

29 squats! Lots of water.  Will post the recipe tomorrow for the mustard chicken, it’s super easy, and very good. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Losing 20 pounds, Day 6, Foods to avoid with GERD

  1. Pamela, the one thing you haven’t put on your list is sugar. I think eliminating sugar is what helped me lose 25 pounds. Not sure what it did for my GERD but it is high in acid. My GI doc said the diet doesn’t help except for coffee!!! But the pills are a necessity. I can’t take the pills, but I had to take a different medication for an ulcer and it seemed to help the GERD. I still have it but the symptoms are better. I don’t have heartburn, I have upper GI problems, always clearing my throat, almost lost my voice and terrible post nasal drip. I’m back drinking coffee though, and use a lot of milk. The dairy is bad for the sinuses. If I were a purist as I was in the beginning, I might get rid of that. I’m trying, but the coffee is hard to give up again. I should never have started it again. I am staying away from sugar as much as I can. I do think the diet helps though. And losing weight is always a good thing. Wishing you a lot of success. I can see you’re very committed.

    • Haha. I can’t give up the coffee either. I am feeling a TON better though, since eliminating most other things on that list. So, I think it can help some people. Different people have different triggers and fatty foods are a big one for me, as well as tomato sauce, dairy and unfortunately, alcohol.

      • Hello, Just found your blog. I have GERD myself. I have stopped any tomato products. I have cut down on salty foods and coke gave me acid reflux. I take my meds because I need them. I am trying to lose weight. I cannot eat oatmeal. I eat no bread. Thanks for the blog.

        • Hi Debbie,
          Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been avoiding tomato too. Are you avoiding gluten? I have organic, gluten-free oatmeal and tolerate that fairly well. 🙂

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