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Off to a Better Start

Monday, April 28, 2014

Yesterday was not a good day for esophagitis and reflux. Once it started in the am, I seemed to be inflamed for much of the day. I decided to step it back to soft foods and small meals, since I had success with this a while ago.

So far, so good.....

Just to remind myself, this isn't forever. As my esophagus heals, I'll be able to add plenty of other things. And in fact, if I take the time to cook, there are plenty of soft foods I can eat (like cooked veggies, tofu, etc.)

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WAY2GOCAT 4/29/2014 2:59AM


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AUNTRENEE 4/28/2014 8:35AM

    I hope that you get to feeling better soon.

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Day 1- AM Reflux Reflect

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This blog is triggered by acid reflux reaction after breakfast. background is in my last post if anyone is interested. If this is not ok to post on blog, please let me know. It doesn't quite fit on the nutrition tracker. And public scrutiny might help me.

Breakfast pluses-

1. pantoprozole before eating

2. Only soft, low-acid foods (cottage cheese, melon, brown rice)

Possible negatives

1. Ate more than needed to
2. Melon new food since this problem started

Reactions- Burning in throat

I didn't really feel like I over did the amount, but morning might be a worse time.


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LE7_1234 4/28/2014 2:39PM

    Seems like a great way to use your blog.

Good luck figuring things out....

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WAY2GOCAT 4/28/2014 4:42AM

    It may have been the melon.

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JTREMBATH 4/27/2014 3:45PM

    I take Domperidone for the same reason and take 1 half an hour before food.

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Turning Back to Spark

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's almost a year since I posted here. It's been a good year, and I've continued to use the Spark food and exercise trackers. My weight has been stable, I really got into physical activity - new things like running fast and taking sculpt classes at my gym.

It was really the first time since adolescence that I was feeling comfortable with my body. Now there's a wrench in the works. I need to change my eating and exercise habits because of GURD (aka serious acid reflux) that has led to esophogitis (inflammation of the esophagus). All the medical info (and my docs) say this is completely manageable

My rational self and the self that brings positive energy says that all the good work I did on pre-diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol gives me a great baseline for moving forward with the GERD symptoms. I've already gotten all the testing, found a med that doesn't make me sick, and started stocking up on foods that are not acidic, not caffineinated, etc. And in fact, I am starting to feel better. I week ago, I was feeling bloated all the time and having a whole slew of GI problems. These were probably because of the esophagus inflammation - not the reflux itself.

And I've also managed to stay active ( walking and light weights at home) even though I need to take a temporary break on other things that seem to aggravate the symptoms ( like running and some yoga poses).

My next step is figuring out what foods work and don't work for me, plus figuring out the right amounts and the right times to eat. I guess my new message to self is that I can't do it overnight. I'll see how it works to post in public about my progress.

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ELRIDDICK 4/27/2014 10:47AM

  Thanks for sharing

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TRAVELGO 4/27/2014 10:42AM

  Sounds like you're doing all the right things. Good luck!!

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High Fiber Miracle??

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I went to a nutritionist last week because my blood sugar was up, even though my weight has stayed down. Her recommendation - 5 -6 days a week of aerobic activity along with a high fiber diet, low cholesterol diet, but including enough "good" oil.

So I've been trying something I never did before - staying away from 'treats' that don't also provide fiber. This means I am finally breaking my ice cream habit. It also means staying away from sorbet and all the other "low-cal, low-fat" frozen desserts that I love - such as no-fat chocolate sorbet, skinny cow frozen bars, etc. etc.

It also means that I am finding other ways to satisfy my sweet tooth with foods that contain fiber and other nutrients (e.g. I have a bag of frozen fruit in my freezer to add to oatmeal in the AM or I can put a small portion of dried dates on a small PB sandwich).

Because I am going for long-term life style change, and hoping to finally end my life time binge and starve tendencies, I'm focusing more on eating the right foods, and less on keeping to a low calorie limit . I'm shooting for 1500 a day, but don't freak out if I go over that.

I'll look on the message boards to see what other people are saying about this approach. It's basically the Mediterranean diet, and I'd love to hear from anyone else who's had success with this.

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JTREMBATH 3/13/2013 2:46PM

    I love my ice creams have them a couple of times a week.

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AKATHLEEN54 3/13/2013 1:39PM

    Not sure about the Mediterranean approach, but if you have a sweet tooth as do I and you need to add fiber, the sparkpeople recipe for black bean brownies is delicious!! One way to have your cake and eat it too.....literally! I know that I would have a very difficult time totally giving up the ice cream as well. I will subscribe to this blog because I will be curious to see what others have to say. Good luck emoticon

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3 Accomplishments

Thursday, February 07, 2013

1) Set up exploratory meeting with new client for work.

2) Relationship with both daughters very good at 60th birthday.

3) Maintained motivation for health and activity through 60th birthday hub-bub.

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COACH_PIERRE 2/8/2013 3:42AM

    A belated Happy Birthday! And hats off, once again, for being a wonderful example of discipline:) Good things come to those who continue to challenge themselves to grow!

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BATCHICK 2/7/2013 8:51PM

    Nice work. Happy belated B-Day!

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EMMACORY 2/7/2013 3:57PM

    Great goals! emoticon

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