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Friday, March 29, 2013

Something I ate yesterday gave me fits. emoticon Was it the chocolate donut that was fried and chocolate? It was delicious. Or was it the blueberries. Not sure but I had heartburn last night and this morning my stomach was rolling. I'm only supposed to have bananas and melon for fruite so maybe the blueberries. I'll never know I guess.
We are supposed to go out and eat with friends tonight and they suggested our favorite mexican restaurant. But what could I eat? Refried beans and rice? ANd what about the frozen margarita? Going to the mexican restaurant is an experience I love, chips and salsa, guacamale, enchiladas, beans, and rice, chile relleno. All those things I love but in my current situation, I'm not sure it is a good thing.
We'll see.

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MURRAYGOLD 3/29/2013 12:34PM

    Keep remembering how good you feel when you eat "right"...here's to healthy choices!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/29/2013 12:24PM

    Oh so hard...trying to find the things that don't agree with us. Sometimes staying away from temptation is the best thing. Hope you have a good time with your friends.

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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2013 10:21AM

    Good luck with it - when I eat out, I tend to get whatever salad's going, plain. I drink hot tea, water, and pretty much chatter away nonstop, since I can't eat and talk at the same time. Talking keeps me from eating, lol...

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Reflux diet update

Thursday, March 28, 2013

After 5 days of following the guidelines of the diet, I am feeling much better. I haven't had any wine or beer for a week and I've chosen only to eat foods allowed. Yesterday I made homemade chicken noodle soup which was delicious and I ate a bowl of it before we went to the club for dinner. My husband had a hamburger and fries and a couple of beers. I had water and a salad. I can't even drink soda and if I drink tea at night, the caffeine keeps me awake. So water it is. I finished up on my antibiotics and next week, I'm scheduled for the EGD and I have to go back to see the doctor as well.
Not having any stomach churning is nice and has spurred me on to eat better and choose wisely. Of course, weight loss is slow as usual but oh, well. April is doctor month for all my yearly and everything else appmts. emoticon

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ANDI571 3/30/2013 12:48PM

    I have those major stomach issues and eating right makes such a big difference. I get so aggravated at myself when I get feeling better, then creep back over to old ways.

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LKWQUILTER 3/28/2013 11:33AM

    Really good news Carol. WTG!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/28/2013 11:20AM

    Glad you are feeling better.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2013 10:39AM

    Good news on the acid reflux! I drink two cups of green tea each day (and one of white tea, but that's another story, lol), and I wouldn't miss my camomile at bedtime. My morning tea is always regular green tea, but with supper, the green tea I have is decaffeinated. I've seen black tea that's also decaf, but I don't tend to have as much black tea as the others.

I have been known to bring my own teabags when eating out (let 'em think whatever they like, lol) and get a cup of plain boiling water. Voila. Others are having their after-dinner drinks or coffee or whatever - I have hot tea. Much better than water, especially on a cold night, thinks me!

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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:

Chronic Cough'
Choking episodes
trouble swallowing
A lump in the throat
Post-nasal drip

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. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYND59 3/27/2013 2:41PM

    That list of things is something my hubby deals with a lot. I know he needs to eat better. His doctor just told him yesterday that he needs to loose some weight. We are both sitting down and coming up with some healthier options for the both of us. He has never been a big veggie or salad eater. I love salads and most veggies.

Hopefully I can persuade him to take steps to getting healthy.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/26/2013 10:42AM

    Big key -- "just eat sensibly"!

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LKWQUILTER 3/26/2013 8:58AM

    Glad that you are feeling better Carol.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 3/26/2013 8:52AM

    I appreciate your review of this book- I know I have acid reflux but I had never thought that there might be different kinds. One year later I'm still weeding things out of my diet (just learned I can't eat the little candies I like - I often have one or two after a meal because I want something sweet but I don't want a whole dessert)

I can eat canned fruits but not fresh (go figure!) and many canned or cooked vegetables in small quantities, but again, not when they're raw.

It's hard to get it all sorted - I'll look for that book in our library.

And yes, the weight HAS to go!!


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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
healthier life."

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!

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HRTBRKR2013 9/29/2013 11:55PM

    Thanks for sharing this Information.

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MSUEQUILTS 3/23/2013 2:12PM

    Check out my blog - I have been prescribed acid reflux meds for 3 years and I believe I have too low of stomach acid!

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LKWQUILTER 3/22/2013 6:23PM

    Good info. I had noticed when we quit frying food and I did lose 30 lbs, I quit having heart burn. I just didn't connect all the dots. Thanks.

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FABN50S 3/22/2013 10:57AM

    My husband was having really bad acid reflux. It was keeping him up at night. Out of desperation he tried the apple cider vinegar To our surprise he has been acid reflux free for over a month. It worked immediately

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COOPQUILTLADY 3/21/2013 10:39PM

    Have you tried drinking Braggs Apple cider vinegar??? It doesn't taste very good, but it's well worth a couple days/weeks try. I had acid reflux almost daily, and took meds for 5 years and after I tried that, I have been reflux-free for about 2 years. I really had good luck. I can eat ANYTHING!!! (I know it may not work for everyone, especially if you have a damaged esophagus, etc.) No need to cut out all those good foods. I guess the idea behind it is that you don't have too much acid in your stomach, but not enough to break down your foods, thus the sour, etc. That is also why when you start acid reducer meds, you can never get off them. Let me know if you want me to forward you more info, or try Googling natural cures. There's lots of info on it. And keep me posted if you try it and it works for you. Good luck! Pam

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CYND59 3/21/2013 3:24PM

    Thanks for the information. There are a few people in my family that I need to forward this to.

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MSKRIS7 3/21/2013 10:19AM

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GCHUNG 3/21/2013 10:12AM

    Good luck with your new direction.

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LADYBUG1943 3/21/2013 10:03AM

    Sorry you're going through this yukky feeling. I've had it more often lately as well, and I don't like it. My impulse, too, is to eat something else -- feels like I can "drive it away" or something.

Hope we both get it under control.


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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.

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DAP1313 3/27/2013 12:01PM

    I saw the segment on channel 3 news about your car. It's too bad that the car can't be fixed. I don't know why some people have to be mean like this.


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BILLETWIFE 3/19/2013 10:58AM

    sorry to hear this.....my husband has a ZL1 Camaro and he would never recover if it went missing.

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CYND59 3/18/2013 6:39PM

    So sorry. I know you had good memories it in. The book sounds like a really good idea.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/18/2013 1:30PM

    Sorry you will be unable to salvage the car.

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