Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In the book, DROPPING ACID, THE REFLUX COOKBOOK DIET AND CURE, the author talks about "silent" reflux, also called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Most people whith LPR do not have heartburn and that is the case with me. I have only occasion heart burn but I have all of the other symptoms which are:
A lump in the throat
The idea is that the reflux or stomach acid does not stay in the esophagus long enough to irritate it. But when the juices come up into the throat, symptoms can occur.
The author, a doctor, prescribes going on the reflux diet strictly for 2 weeks. And she lists the foods to avoid and what to eat. Reading through it I realized that the diet is very similar to the Mediterranean or Sonoma Diet that I have always liked. Whole grains, whole wheat, brown rice, and low acidic foods. I have to leave out citrus and tomatoes, onion and garlic, and beef only once per week. No alcohol or spicy food or fried foods or chocolate. After the first two weeks, you can slowly add some things back but for the rest of my life I probably need to follow this.
Most of the symptoms listed above I've never really paid much attention to until recently. You just learn to live with things that don't seem life threatening but this year, after being sick for 3 weeks, things escalated. And while my husband was running for elected office we ate out a lot and more than once I settled on a hamburger and french fries. So it all adds up to a churning stomach mess.
Yesterday I was out and talking on my cell phone and all of a sudden I had a choking episode. Couldn't hardly get my breath. How long has this been going on I wonder? I've had fun pullling out the cookbooks to find recipes for things I can create. Last night we had left over rotisserie chicken so I heated it up and had a rice dish with it that had bits of carrot, broccoli, and mushroom in it. I didn't feel guilty eating the rice and enjoyed it. What's more the added fiber is a bonus because I don't feel hungry. So today it will be leftover chicken and rice for lunch.
This is my third day on the diet and I feel better already! Less churning in my stomach and lost 2 lbs. Next Thursday I am supposed to have an EGD so I guess I will go through with it to find out if anything is amiss in my stomach, like h pylori. ANd if I maybe need surgery of some sort to close the gap or something.
Lets face it folks, the cure for all of this is to lose weight and I've been struggling with that for years. I think the diet industry, which is huge, invented all of this so that people would continueally spend money on the next famous diet. If we would just eat sensibly and lose weight our problems would disappear.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I've been posting recently about my acid reflux and sinus problems and this morning I found this article on the internet and there is a a book out by this Doctor on what foods to eat and not eat. Here is the article.
"Acid Reflux Linked to Weight Gain
"Acid Reflux Linked to Weight Gain
By Adrianna Notton
Heartburn is a very irritating and uncomfortable condition
affecting millions of people. Heartburn is one of the symptoms
of acid reflux. If you suffer from frequent heartburn, and have
been diagnosed as having acid reflux, you should know that there
have been a number of studies in recent years that have shown
that there is a link between acid reflux and weight gain, even
if the person was not originally overweight. As well, there have
been studies that have shown that women who gained a few extra
pounds were at risk of developing frequent heartburn.
Acid reflux is a medical condition in which the gastric or
stomach acids rise up in the esophagus and the esophageal lining
becomes damaged due to the high acidity. Even a moderate weight
gain increases the risking of developing gastric reflux. The
surplus fat builds up in the abdominal region resulting in an
increase in stomach pressure. This pressure forces the sphincter
muscle that is located between the stomach and esophagus to open
which results in acid being able to move upward to the
esophagus. It has been found that patients who lose more than 25
pounds of weight will minimize or stop instances of heartburn.
Even a small weight decrease can relieve acid reflux symptoms.
The overweight and obese are at a higher risk of developing
heartburn. Patients who want to lose weight and reduce acid
reflux need to adopt a special acid reflux diet. This includes
avoiding whole milk, fatty or fried foods, oils, chocolate,
coffee, caffeinated soft drinks, fast foods, citrus fruits and
juices, creamed foods, and tea. As well, avoid chewing gum, hard
candy, late evening snacks, and eat small portions.
Recommended foods for an acid reflux diet include: vegetables,
low-fat milk, fat free yogurt, non citrus fruits, bread, grains,
low fat meat such as fish, chicken, and turkey. Avoid sausage,
cold cuts, fatty red meats, bacon, and chicken skin and fat.
As you can see, adopting an acid reflux diet is very healthy
and will help you lose weight. Because there have been a number
of studies indicating that there is a link between acid reflux
diet and one’s Body mass Index (BMI), people can now reduce or
eliminate acid reflux and lose weight at the same time
naturally. As well, because the stomach acids work their way up
into the esophagus and erodes the esophagus lining, if left
untreated, over time one could possibly develop cancer.
If you are one of the many people who have difficulty sticking
to a diet on your own, there are specialized weight loss clinics
that can provide support and monitor your weight loss and health
while you lose the weight naturally. When you lose weight the
natural way, you will discover that your overall health and well
being are improved. Due to its many health benefits, it just
makes sense to lose weight the natural way. Losing weight the
natural way is quite easy when you make the commitment to live a
So I ordered this book from Amazon, "Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure"
Koufman, Jamie; Hardcover; $18.26
The reviews for the book are good. I like to read and learn about things like it is a novel to read. Can't wait to get it. One of the things they talk about is losing weight will help your acid reflux. But when the acid is churning up in your stomach and you feel like you are hungry, I eat. Now that I realize that it isn't hunger but acid, I am trying to drink water or milk to soothe it instead of eating. I am trying to lose a few pounds for the biggest loser weigh in on Mar 30. So far, I've flunked. I didn't even go to the gym today. Woke up with a churning stomach and just didnt feel like it. It seems my stomach churning has gotten worse, maybe due to the sinus infection and drainage. I'm so tired of this. ANd the coughing.
Have a good day!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Three and a half years ago, my husband bought a 2002 T-bird convertible, white with red leather seats. He always wanted one and so we got it. He loved that car, flitting aorund town in it with the top down. Everyone who knew us would honk and wave. A few months back he got called from a crazy woman on his cell phone that there was a bomb under the car. The police came and found a key taped to the underneath side but no bomb. Since the woman's cell # was on hubby's phone the police could trace her. The key, which we didn't know we even had, got put into the side pocket of the car and forgotten.
Saturday night, we forgot to close the garage door. We've done that before but we certainlly won't be forgetting that again.
Early Sunday morning, my husband walked out to get the newspaper and the car was gone. Our neighbor said she saw the car leaving our garage at about 5:40 and thought it was my husband going out early to pick up his political signs. I wish she had called but who would have thought it was someone else. Within an hour the car was in the Choctawhatchee Bay. Of course with the key in the door, they were able to start it and move it out. It was a quick operation. She said she saw another car and driver and someone get in the T-bird and drive away. The place where the car was found is at the end of a cul de sac on a little bayou. That morning a boat was launched across the bayou and hit the car. Otherwise, it may have been a while before it was found. We were there when it got pulled out, still a pretty little car with no damage but complete submersion is not fixable.
Last night I couldn't go to sleep, so anxious. This morning I was talking to a friend and just started to cry. Its like losing a member of the family, we had such a good time in it. I have the idea of writing a children's book called Grandpa's car depicting all of the fun things we did and then what happened to it at the end. Wouldn't that be a safety kind of thing for the police to hand out and a learning experience for kids. In this day and age, when people are so hateful to others, we need to know things like this can happen.
It could have been anyones car that was left in a driveway to be stolen, even without a key. These kind of people can start cars without keys. Ours was in the garage but easilly accessible.
At first we felt stupid but in reality we were careless to leave the garage door open and the key in the sidepocket of the car. We were not the bad guys, there were two other idiots who were the bad guys. My husband went to the school and we are going to post a reward to see if kids will talk and find the perpetrators. I think someone in the neighborhood where this happened said a truck had gone in the water a few months back. It's just an awful thing.
This week my husband lost the election as Mayor of our city by 120 votes. I think if we had the publicity from this, maybe he would have won. And then I had all that medical problem with sinus infection, deviated septum and GERD. Maybe those are our three things that happened. Don't want another.
I dreaded 2013 because I am suspicious about the number 13. Maybe I had a premonition. HOpe the rest of the year is better. Once we took a trip to Egypt and we went on one of those little canal boats down the NILE. They put us in room 13 over the engine room. Not only was I not having any part of that but I was getting nauseous over the smell of the engine oil. So the guide swapped with us and put us under the dance floor. Which was kind of noisy but shuts down at 10:00 in Egypt and no alchohol. So we were able to sleep and I wasn't concerened about # 13.
The car is completely trashed and cannot be fixed. So I guess we will be car shopping.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This morning my husband went out to get the paper and came back in and said his t-bird convertible was missing. Someone had stolen it from our garage. What a piece of crap that is. They found it this afternoon, submerged in 30 feet of water. Why would someone do such a crappy thing, senseless. We had left the garage door open all night, forgot to close it and that will never happen again. He sure loved that car.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I have a high tolerance for pain or discomfort so I usually pay no attention to whats going on and suck it up. But this year, after being sick for 3 weeks, I just haven't felt 100% and I've been having a lot of acid reflux, coughing, headache and sore throat so I went to the ENT doctor. He ordered a cat scan and the results came in. I have a sinus infection, a deviated septum and large tubes in my nose. On my right side I have a headache over my right eye, pressure on my right ear and nose. I also saw the gastroenterologist nurse and they have me scheduled for an EGD, rotorooter down the throat to the stomach to look around. She mentioned possible H-Pylori which is a stomach bacteria that remains undetected unless biopsied.
So there you have it. Now, I can allow myself to feel bad. The doc put me on an antibiotic regimen for the sinus infection and suggested I have surgery for the deviated septum.
How, at 65 on Tuesday, have I gone all these years with a deviated septum? I know that my right nose always feels more stuffy than the other side and I snort and cough a lot, especially lately. Hubby has been complaining about the coughing for years but I just ignored it and him. It became such a normal thing that I didn't know what to complain to the doctor about. When we went to Disney in January, my son mentioned that I coughed the whole time I was there but I didn't pay any attention to it. It was such a normal thing for me.
It has also been suggested that I lose weight to help with the acid refulx and I agree. But this year, I have so much acid churning in my stomach, it makes me feel like I am hungry so I eat to quell it. Please Lord I hope they don't put me on Prednisone. I know I was old when I registered at the surgery center and was asked for my medication list. I couldn't even remember them all. I've been carting my MIL's med list around with me for years but now I get to have one too.
So there you have it. I am signing up for that deviated septum surgery when I get better.
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