I've found that as long as I don't have the offending food (coffee, chocolate, etc.) on an empty stomach I am okay. I used to drink lots of coffee every morning with no food. Maybe that did some damage! I've found pain to be a real motivator in keeping me from overeating!
I have also found that plenty of water helps and journaling my food. GERD has ruled my life for a couple years now and I really want it to be completely under control. It has been ok lately, but was awful during my pregnancy. I'm hoping the program helps me stay healthy (and I believe weight loss is supposed to help it as well!)
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Yeah the whole snack food thing is going to be really hard for me to get over, but I'm working on it every day. As for drinking enough water, it's also very hard for me because for several years I was a dialysis patient and not only did I have restrictions on what I could eat, I was limited to no more than 1 qt. of ALL fluids per day--water, juice, milk, broth/soup, even ice cream, ice, and jell-o are counted as fluids, did you know that? It's been nearly 3 yrs. since my transplant and while I am drinking more fluid than what I was allowed while on dialysis, it's still been very hard for me to get back into the water-drinking fool that I was before I went on dialysis. I forget to get a large glass instead of a small one, or I fill up my water bottle but forget to take it with me. Sooner or later it will all click together! Anyway, thanks for the input.
the extra water helps too. The less processed foods you eat the better off you will be. I don't eat any foods that have ingredients that I can not pronounce. It will save you money on your grocery bills too
tomatoes have to much acid for my stomach
the bubbles are to much for my GERD
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Flat-out unbelievable. Since I started on this program, I have had only one flare-up, and that was because I didn't take my meds before I ate! Turns out, eating "real" food (i.e. the stuff you actually cook for yourself) really does reduce flare-ups. This is probably my biggest motivator so far.
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