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DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 8:39 P

Will do. I wouldn't say that I'm eating too fast-- But perhaps my meals are too large now that I'm incorporating the veggies. Regardless, I'll try slowing it down some if I notice I am and if I notice my meal is large, portioning part of it out for my "fourth meal." (I'm really one of those people that has trouble maintaining the whole 6 small meals a day thing, so I do four.)

Keep on truckin', fellow GERD-er! In the long run, I'm positive the healthy eating will have more benefits for sure than temporary draw backs. :)

Ahhhh.... And once my stomach settles on my current staple veggies, I shall venture to the produce isle for more variation.

emoticon Chyeah. Lol, thank you!

KNESS912 Posts: 33
4/8/13 8:30 P

Hey! I'm rockin' GERD, too, so I feel your pain. Literally. Haha. OK, i'll stop.
Firstly, I do think it is the adjustment in diet over a specific food upsetting your GERD. So, I'd wait it out, too, like you are doing.
That being said, I am a frequent raw veggie eater (I love mine raw, too!). Just try lots of different kinds and find which ones don't cause you trouble.
Also, someone mentioned this- are you eating too fast? I have this problem sometimes when I am hungry and distracted. This makes my GERD go crazy.
Finally, bulking up my meals makes my GERD act up. If I eat too much in one sitting, even though it may not be calorie-dense, it makes me sick. So, I can't eat my bowl of healthy soup and right away follow it up with my fruit for dessert, or I'll get so sick! I have to wait for some room, I guess.

These are just some ideas. Keep trying. GERD is annoying, but it won't stop us! emoticon

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 7:53 P

Thank you for the food suggestions! I'll keep them in mind for sure. Gah, I love pretty much all of them, lol.

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 7:52 P

I looked at the list of GERD food and even searched to see if the veggies I'd been consuming could trigger it- Nada.

I think what most likely happened is still the addition of so many veggies at once. I feel better in terms of energy, and the stomach ache actually subsided for the most part after lunch today. If it continues after a few days, I'll start cooking the veggies to see if it helps. I actually really dislike cooked veggies in terms of taste, hence my hesitation.

If the stomach ache continues into tomorrow, I'll ease up on how many veggies I consume until my body adjusts. I think my body's handling it okay now, but I'll play it by ear. I don't want to do anything that upsets my body too much... My body also did this when I first started consuming healthier breads.

Just goes to show you what happens when you eat poorly for too long. Every time my family sees me eat, they've been saying "rabbit food." :) Haha.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
4/8/13 4:37 P

you may need to cook some veggies before consuming. For example, I can't eat raw celery- triggers my allergies. Don't know too muhch about GERD but research what foods brings negative reactions.

BECKYBECKY1954 Posts: 66
4/8/13 4:34 P


I recommend these foods that I learned as a young mom when my kids had a tummy ache.

Eat BRAT: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast

The acronym was supposed to be a joke to help moms remember "brat" for "kid" LOL but it's recommended for adults, too!

Some variations are BRATT (add Tea), BRATTY (add Tea and Yogurt), or BRATCH (add CHicken)

All these foods are appropriate for a SparkFood plan!

Just include these foods in your eating plan and track 'em in the food tracker and you'll feel better in no time!

Edited by: BECKYBECKY1954 at: 4/8/2013 (17:20)
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4/8/13 4:16 P

I concur with the previous post - it's possible that some of the foods in your new diet are causing your stomach issues. For me, I can't eat raw broccoli unless I want to feel like I'm dying.

Veggies are also sometimes more filling than typical junk food. Is it possible that your'e eating your meals too quickly (or eating too much of them in one sitting)? Some of them are notorious in terms of bloating and building gas.

A third and final thought: If one of your dietary changes is a drastic cut in sugar, your body might be going through shock. I've heard some people get nauseous when they do this.

4/8/13 4:07 P

Are there foods you are now including in your diet that can trigger GERD? This article has more on the topic:

Do you find less tummy trouble when veggies are cooked, vs a raw state?
Are some veggies better tolerated when peeled?
Have you added too many veggies too fast to your diet. Going slower and allowing your body to adjust to the change may be needed.

SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becky

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 2:57 P

Thank you to both of you for your replies!

I'll look into the gingerale if it doesn't ease soon, and I might find a nice organic soup that won't be so harsh on my tummy.

Also, as far as asking my doctor, I'm going to wait a few days. I'm relatively sure this is just stemming from the change in fiber, and my stomach is like " WHAT is THIS?! " I'm just doubting spinach, lettuce and carrots aggravate my GERD more than pizza. However, if it continues past those few days, I'll definitely be making a visit to the doctor or nutritionist for some advice, so thank you!

Agh. It kind of reminds me of when we have to switch our dog's brand of food. We have to do it slowly, as to not upset their stomachs too much. I can now sympathize with them, lol. (Not that I am by any means a dog. o-o )

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,185
4/8/13 2:47 P

Check with your doc. You could be eating high acid veges and fruit that aggrevate GERD. BTW, you would be suprised at what is highly acidic.

4/8/13 2:38 P

Sometimes our guts take a little while to adjust to additional fruit and veggie intakes. Perhaps keep organic gingerale or peppermint on hand to soothe a sore tummy.

DATPANNA Posts: 158
4/8/13 2:31 P

I've been changing my eating habits-- Really so far just cutting down on unhealthy foods and upping veggies and whole grains. My stomach is a mess. It hurts so bad after 3 days. I'm not going to stop, and I'm pretty sure it'll adjust to my new habits. Trying to roll with the punches--

Does anyone have any advice to soothe my stomach during the transition? I really haven't cut out "bad foods" all together, and my carb-fat-protein wheel is often pretty balanced. I have GERD, so I can't partake in much mint without feeling worse.

So please, if you have any information, let me know. It's been hurting since 5 AM, and it's 1 PM now. I'm also having a good bit of anxiety with it. ( Also, for those curious, I don't have any REAL signs of low blood sugar. I make sure I get enough protein throughout the day to keep it at bay, as well as complex carbs.)

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