Hello, all! Happy Wednesday!
(WIAW is hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons!)
For today’s WIAW, I wanted to share with you all a new diet change. This diet isn’t by choice, really. It doesn’t have anything to do with weight or my allergies – at least not directly. I’m beginning to transition into a low-acid diet.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that I have acid reflux/GERD. I’ve had it for about eight years now, and have had more than one endoscopy done, allergy tests, and many doctor visits. The only solution we/I have come to has been to treat the symptoms, not the cause, because really, we can’t find an exact cause. Probably some part to do with allergies, definitely some part genetic, but other than that, it’s a mystery.
For the past seven years or so, I’ve been dealing quite well with my GERD by taking Prevacid. That absolutely did the trick up until a few months ago, when I noticed that my morning workouts (especially running and being on the elliptical) were disrupted by my acid reflux. For a while, taking my Prevacid and a few Tums before working out did the trick, but a few weeks ago, even that trick stopped working. I went to my doctor and asked for a new medication. (I’m the kind of person that can “grow out” of/become immune to a medicine after a certain amount of time.) She prescribed Protonix, which is what my aunt, who has the same exact problem, takes. I figured it would be all fine and dandy, but the two days that I tried the new med were hell. Actually, it kind of was like hell’s fires had taken to hanging out in my chest/throat. Not cool.
They were so bad those days that I even took Tums and Prevacid in addition to the new med. After that, I went back to Prevacid but it really isn’t working too well. I have no idea why it has gotten so bad in the last week. Maybe because I’m stressing over it? Maybe because the environmental allergies are getting worse? I have no clue. All I know is that it’s bad, and it’s concerning.
So, over the past week or so, I’ve been researching low-acid diets. Handy-dandy Google has lots of information on these diets, but it’s been frustrating, as I’ve found loads of conflicting information. Plus, a whole lot of my favorites foods are basically out now. Chocolate, wine, pizza, tomato products, ice cream, peppers, onions, garlic, berries, etc. = no good for acid reflux. Beef and pork are no good either.
Combine that with my allergies (nuts, eggs, and turkey), and needless to say, I’m not a happy camper.
However, I absolutely cannot live with this acid anymore. It’s affecting my mood (as in, I’m grumpy, frustrated, on the verge of a breakdown, stressed, and concerned), my exercises (last week, I took almost all of it off. Even yoga was hard because some of the poses would cause the acid to back up into my throat.), and my sleep.
Annnnyway, what I wanted to share with you all for WIAW is what my diet will be consisting of, more or less, until I can find a solution. My list is a compromise between the information I found online and what I know does/does not work for me. Hopefully, once I adhere to this a bit more, I’ll find some relief!
Instead of my usual Greek yogurt with berries, I am now going to try Greek yogurt with raisins. Greek yogurt is on the “naughty” list for acid, but nothing keeps me as full or satisfied for breakfast, and since eggs are out for me, I don’t really have another protein-y breakfast option. Hopefully this will work! I tried it yesterday and so far, so good.
This also means that flavored yogurts, like my beloved Chobani, are out. I could cry.
The sources I’ve been looking at say that oats are one of the best foods to eat if acid is bothersome. The problem there is that I have a slight intolerance to oats. I might be able to handle oatmeal one morning per week, but nothing more than that.
Lunches and Dinners
As far as proteins go, chicken, fish, and tofu are supposedly ok for people on a low-acid diet. Brown rice isn’t the best, but quinoa seems to get the thumbs up, as do other grains like bulgur and couscous. Almost all veggies except peppers, onions, and garlic (i.e., my favorites) are great, too. This means that my lunches and dinners can have a bit of variety…thank goodness!
For now, I’m going to stay away from spicy foods, beef and pork, pizza, pasta, and anything too crazy.
I have a bit of room here. Again, almost any veggie is ok, and it seems like the general consensus is that melons are a perfectly fine fruit to eat. Apples, berries, pineapple, and citrus, however, are not. They also said that, like oats, bananas are one of the best fruits for relieving acid…but bananas literally make me gag. So there’s that.
I have yet to experiment with my usual snacks, like sunbutter (but no jelly – jelly is bad now) on toast or a rice cake, hummus, and popcorn, so we’ll see how those go. I know that I should stay away from processed foods like crackers, chips, and that sort of thing.
I don’t know how successful I’ll be at staying away from chocolate. If store-bought chocolates give me issues, I’ll have to make my own, which isn’t so bad. The fact that I shouldn’t have ice cream is going to be tough. For now, I’m going to stick to homemade goodies and see how that goes.
In general, I am eliminating certain things from my diet, but keeping others. It’s going to be rough, especially because I love so many of those things, but again, if this helps relieve my symptoms, it will probably be worth it. I don’t want to overload my system until I know what works for me, so this is just how it’s going to go.
The reason I’m writing this is because I just wanted to update you all on everything (again, part of the reason I started this blog was to talk about allergies, and this is just something that goes along with them for me) and also give a reason as to why my WIAWs might not be so frequent/exciting for a while.
Workouts August 18-24
Monday: weight lifting
Tuesday: elliptical + bike
Wednesday: weight lifting
In other news, the end of summer is very apparent. This week and almost all of next week, I have student teaching meetings and babysitting, which means I’m pretty busy! I’m going to try and keep blogging like I usually do, but please forgive me if I don’t. 😉
Anyway, I’m off! I hope you all have a great day!
Questions for the day:
Have you ever had to drastically change your diet?
What is one food that you just couldn’t give up?
Favorite eat over this past week?