Help with my boring foods diet

badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
I'm currently having severe acid reflux (again), and until I get it under control with a new medication, I need to eat very carefully. It seems like everything but the blandest foods set me off. My restrictions right now are: no acidic foods (tomatoes, citrus fruit, vinegar), no spicy foods, no onions, no fatty foods, no super-sugary foods, no caffeine, very little meat/poultry. I've been mostly eating yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, plain pasta, crackers, and scrambled eggs, but I'm very sick of this rotation already. Apparently my imagination is very limited, because I can't think of anything to add that fits my boring restrictions... I'd appreciate any suggestions, either from people who've dealt with reflux or people with a better imagination than mine.

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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    What about wraps? I load mine with veggies, some cheese, rice, Italian dressing, whatever I'm in the mood for. Just thinking it's something you could vary the flavours on quite easily, but still should be ok for your tummy.

    Toast? I'm a dork though and could probably live on multi grain toast :oops:

    Cereal
    Salad
    Smoothies
    Stir Fry
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Grilled cheese
    Tuna sandwiches w. low fat/fat free mayo
    Tuna melts (low fat/fat free cheese)
    Fruit salads, minus citrus
    Cottage cheese with fruit
    PB&J
    Chicken noodle soup
    Omelets with veggies/cheese/whatever you can have
    Baked potato with whatever you want on it
    You can get different oatmeals or add things to it
    PB and banana sandwich

    I'm currently experimenting with a little-to-no dairy/meat/junk food-sugar diet to see if it will help my stomach situation, and I hear you on the monotony. I feel like I keep eating the same things over and over again. I've bought several different cereals and oatmeals just to shake up the same old routine. Hope you feel better soon!!
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Befrizzled is much more creative than I am :lol:
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
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  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Befrizzled is much more creative than I am :lol:

    Haha, I had to learn to be innovative when I came to college.. I keep kosher as far as the no non-kosher meat goes, so I had to work with whatever I had. I'm not lying when I said I ate grilled cheese and tomato soup everyday for lunch and pasta everyday for dinner for at least a semester until I decided to explore what else I could have.

    Some more suggestions:
    bagels with whatever.. cream cheese, lox if you can have it (yuuum)
    egg white and nova lox omelets are the BEST.
    hard roll w. egg beaters/eggs/egg whites, whatever you want to put on it (I like mushrooms and onions in mine, but you can't have onions, so improvise! cheese is good, too)
    you could also take a look at some frozen dinners, lean cuisine or weight watchers for the lower cal options
    mac and cheese
    refried beans with cheese or sour cream in a tortilla
    try throwing some granola or cereal in your yogurt
    ooh--this is my favorite sandwich in the world: philly cheese steak without the steak. mushrooms (skip the onions since you can't have them, but you can put peppers on them) sauteed (lightly to avoid the oil fat) with a slice of american cheese on a hard roll. it gets all melty and gooey and good.
    fake meat, like the morningstar or boca things
    sushi! with veggies inside if that's all you can handle.

    I'm sure there are more... have I included anything you can't eat? Just in case I come up with more, so I know what to skip.
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  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    Ooh, you both have good suggestions! Thanks! I'm at the point where all I can think about is what I can't eat - I have a huge craving for pad thai and a real Coke - so having some outside help is good.

    Befrizzled, I've been following your stomach problems with sympathy. I hope your visit to the GI doctor this week helps you. I saw several doctors in October for my severe stomach pain, but nothing really happened until I saw a GI specialist. He got the ball rolling quickly on tests, etc. and had me feeling better in about a week. I'd probably be fine now if I hadn't had to switch meds for insurance reasons. I hope you find some answers and some relief soon!

    ETA: You must've been posting while I was, Befrizzled. Thanks for even more suggestions! I don't think you included anything I can't eat, so those are great!
  • BefrizzledBefrizzled Posts: 3,854Registered Users
    Ooh, you both have good suggestions! Thanks! I'm at the point where all I can think about is what I can't eat - I have a huge craving for pad thai and a real Coke - so having some outside help is good.

    Befrizzled, I've been following your stomach problems with sympathy. I hope your visit to the GI doctor this week helps you. I saw several doctors in October for my severe stomach pain, but nothing really happened until I saw a GI specialist. He got the ball rolling quickly on tests, etc. and had me feeling better in about a week. I'd probably be fine now if I hadn't had to switch meds for insurance reasons. I hope you find some answers and some relief soon!

    Thanks so much! I'm glad you at least finally got a diagnosis. I hate when insurance switches meds on you.

    Also, for a sweet snack: apple with peanut butter or cheese/celery with peanut butter and raisins
    To avoid the sugar in normal pb, you can buy the natural kind

    Also, there are 'safe' recipes on an IBS site... you could surf around there to see if any suit you. The foods are typically made of the blander components to come up with something that actually sounds good. :lol: Here's the link if you want to check it out!

    Edited to say you're welcome! :D
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  • PeppyPeppy Posts: 3,290Registered Users
    Pita pockets......cut pita bread in half. Stuff with chicken, assorted veggies (I love bean sprouts in mine), and a little salad dressing.

    Eta: Just noticed you said very little meat or poultry. So scratch the chicken and just do veggies.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    You should make sure you eat protein, since you listed mainly carbs. Hello, tofu! I guess you could buy a book on simple baked goods and a book on creative sandwiches. I don't think I have any specific foods to add to the other suggestions here.

    Well come to think of it...could you eat goat cheese and hummus? Those have strong flavors but aren't too acidic, I think.
  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Novice
    Befrizzled wrote:
    Also, for a sweet snack: apple with peanut butter or cheese/celery with peanut butter and raisins
    To avoid the sugar in normal pb, you can buy the natural kind

    This is my favorite natural peanut butter:
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    I usually get the same one, but the reduced fat, then pour out the oil as well. It makes it hard to spread, but it's healthier.
  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    Can you have rice? Lots of things to do with that -- fried rice with veggies, rice and beans, stuff like that. You can put the leftovers in a pita or a wrap, too.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I'm dealing with this myself.

    cream of wheat w/ soy milk, bannas, papayas, apples, baked potatoes, cream cheese instead of cheddar, cream of "whatever" soup (low sodium/fat versions), lentils, sauteed white cabbage, miso soup with tofu, sparkling water.

    very mild curry (no pepper, onions, little garlic) - supposedly turmric helps with the acid.

    I tried taking those papaya enzyme pills, but they don't seem to help me. I also tried a tablespoon of vinegar - mixed to moderate results. Never tried the gum chewing.

    I've never had acid reflux before and it's awful. I really feel for ya.
  • solangesolange Posts: 2,539Registered Users
    I'm dealing with this myself.

    cream of wheat w/ soy milk, bannas, papayas, apples, baked potatoes, cream cheese instead of cheddar, cream of "whatever" soup (low sodium/fat versions), lentils, sauteed white cabbage, miso soup with tofu, sparkling water.

    very mild curry (no pepper, onions, little garlic) - supposedly turmric helps with the acid.

    I tried taking those papaya enzyme pills, but they don't seem to help me. I also tried a tablespoon of vinegar - mixed to moderate results. Never tried the gum chewing.

    I've never had acid reflux before and it's awful. I really feel for ya.


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    I had horrid acid reflux with the 1st baby. I was told that this helps the baby's hair to grow somehow. I was highly skeptical, but the baby was born looking like Little Richard :wink:

    I ate lots of stuff with ginger and this helped to soothe it.
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  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I have a lot of those things on hand, but I've been in such a "woe is me, I can't eat spicy food" haze, I hadn't thought of them. I'm off to make myself a wrap for lunch. :D


    Webjockey - I'm sorry to hear you're dealing with this, too. It sounds like you've come up with some good things to try. I have a couple of tips I've llearned in the past few months that might work for you, though some of these might not apply because you may already avoid them. Besides the afforementioned foods, I've also had to cut out:

    -Alcohol - I've read several places that alcohol relaxes the valve that prevents acid from coming into your esphogus, so I've decided to bite the bullet and just cut all alcohol out. I've found that beer and other malt beverages (Smirnoff Ice et al) are the absolute worst - I'm guaranteed to be breathing fire after even one beer - with red wine a close second.

    -All carbonated drinks. I was drinking a lot of ginger ale (the kind with real ginger) to try to calm my stomach, only to find it kept getting worse. Then I read that anything with carbonation can cause gas bubbles in your stomach, which push acid up into your esphogus. Makes sense based on my experience.

    Some other things I've tried and/or am about to try:
    -Elevate the head of the bed. Apparently just sleeping on extra pillows (which is what I've been doing) doesn't do much except screw up your back and neck. You want your whole upper body to at an angle, so there's no pressure on your stomach and so that everything flows down, not up. I'm going to try to hit BB&B today to get some of these.

    -Avoid bending over, especially after eating - one of my co-workers told me this one, and it does help, though it's sometimes hard to avoid.

    Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed. You want your stomach to have emptied by the time you lie down.

    -Avoid a lot of physical activity - this is also hard to do (not to mention not terribly healthy). But when my reflux is really bad, I feel best if I sit in one position and only get up if absolutely necessary; the more I move around, the worse I feel.

    -Wear loose clothes, especially around your midsection. (Don't know how this works when you're pregnant.)
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I also have cut out alcohol because my body just can't take it. It wasn't like I was drinking several at a time - like half a normal sized glass of beer or wine. I don't miss the wine so much but I really miss beer.

    I spoke to my midwife the other day and she suggested (along with drugs and tums-like stuff) yogurt with probiotics - particularly Kefir. Kefir's pretty good and it's sweetened with all natural cane juice, not high fructose corn syrup.

    I'm not sure how I'm going to avoid physical work since I just hired a personal trainer to get me "in shape" for the big push. I'm hoping I can keep things under control with chewables (I'm using Gaviscon) and eating habits, but I may have to go the perscription drug route.
  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    You know, Webbie, the imported non-alcoholic beers are amazingly like the real thing. (If the carbonation isn't a problem.) Clausthaler or St. Pauli Girl NA will make you think you're getting a buzz. Forget anything domestic, though.
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    I spoke to my midwife the other day and she suggested (along with drugs and tums-like stuff) yogurt with probiotics - particularly Kefir. Kefir's pretty good and it's sweetened with all natural cane juice, not high fructose corn syrup.

    I was just looking at Kefir in the grocery store yesterday, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. I'll have to buy some next time I'm grocery shopping.

    Webbie, I've actually read that exercise can be helpful for acid reflux as long as you avoid activities where you're bending forward a lot. I've just found that, for me, it makes my reflux worse, particularly when it's already bad (mine waxes and wanes). So hopefully it'll be helpful to you!
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    SuZen wrote:
    You know, Webbie, the imported non-alcoholic beers are amazingly like the real thing. (If the carbonation isn't a problem.) Clausthaler or St. Pauli Girl NA will make you think you're getting a buzz. Forget anything domestic, though.



    Non-alcoholic beer is a sin against nature, man, god, and country. I rather go without.


    SO and I finally have clearance to go to Germany and get hitched (long story). He was like "let's go next month". I said we should wait, citing the whole being close to birth thing. In reality, I better damn well be able to drink some beer if I'm going to Germany.


    My priorities are so messed up.
    
  • tk1970tk1970 Posts: 140Registered Users
    Thanks for this thread. I have been dealing with acid reflux for about a month now. I had a scope done on my stomach back in December. I had a hiadel heran (sp really bad). Anyway, they dilated it and now I have acid reflux. My insurance company would not pay for nexum so I have been using zantac and other over the counter meds. I changed my diet a little. I think I need to change it more. It seems I do drink a lot of pop but, it is Diet Rite. I also, have been gaining weight like crazy. Don't think that has anything to do with it. These suggestions will help me. I am really dumb when it comes to eating healthy.
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    The first thing I thought of was PANCAKES. And mac & cheese.

    I'm not very creative, either, obviously. I like rice noodles with sesame oil & mushrooms. Just about any vegetable with olive oil and tons of freshly grated parmesan. Can you do eggplant?

    Webbie, you're going to Germany?! It doesn't sound like you eat a lot of sweets or pastries, but they have wonderful cakes and also smoked fish (are you a vegetarian?), mm mm mm mmm MM!
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  • butterflyPrincess777butterflyPrincess777 Posts: 350Registered Users
    badger I have ARD too!! And I've been on a similar diet for about a year...
    I basically eat the same kind of wrap every day for lunch:
    - Multigrain thin wrap (never tomato or spinach wrap)
    - low fat turkey breast slice
    - low fat ricotta cheese (this is really good for your stomach cause it's super mild)
    - some lettuce
    - boiled or steamed veggies from the night before

    For dinner I get a variety of things:

    - stirfry with chicken (no soya sauce though, and very low in salt, you can add herbs and spices for flavour as long as they're not hot and spicy, for example you can add oregano) - so this includes veggies, chicken, and some large curly pasta
    - Chicken and pasta broth
    - lentils
    - mashed potatoes with low fat milk, baked potatoes, cooked potatoes
    - always steamed veggies with pretty much everything

    There is also a supplement called St. John's wort which you can find at health food stores - it helps alleviate anxiety and also helps repair the inside of your stomach.
    Also, every morning try to drink a cup of flax seeds and water (it's kinda gross but it also helps with your stomach) - grind some flax seeds and put 2 tea spoons of this in a cup full of water (add some sugar if it's really gross) and mix - let it sit overnight in a cool place or room temp place, stir in the morning and drink...
    Also try drinking Kefir - it's kind of like a watered down yogurt that you drink, but it has some culture in it that's generally good for you, including your stomach (but be careful with this some ppl get acid from it - I didn't but you might so try a small amount first)...

    HTH
    Was 3b then I did a soft relaxer and I think I'm now a 3a
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  • butterflyPrincess777butterflyPrincess777 Posts: 350Registered Users
    also there are some things mentioned in this thread that are NOT good for acid reflux, such as:

    - Jam
    - grilled cheese sandwiches
    - parmesan cheese
    - onions (so so)
    - mac & cheese
    - bagels
    - salad dressing

    OH and I forgot to mention that rice is really really good for ARD...
    Was 3b then I did a soft relaxer and I think I'm now a 3a
    pw: curly
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    I thought I'd update this thread...

    I want to say a big thank you to all of you. My meals have been a lot more interesting in the past week because of your suggestions. :) My reflux is finally getting more under control with the medication my insurance *does* cover (Prevacid). I'm still being very, very careful with what I eat, though.

    I bought some kefir at Trader Joe's (the strawberry flavor) and it's great. I was afraid it wasn't going to taste good, but it's got a nice, not-too-sweet flavor. I really think it's helping. I had some when my stomach was raging last night (I slipped up and drank OJ), and it calmed down pretty fast. It also coats my throat nicely which is good when it's raw from reflux.

    On butterflyprincess's suggestion, I also bought some low-fat ricotta. For dinner tonight, I ate a "grilled cheese" sandwich with some ricotta mixed with dried basil and oregano on toasted mult-grain bread. It tastes a lot like my beloved grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches, but with much less fat. It's too early to tell, but I think it's mild enough that it won't irritate my stomach. And it was soooo tasty!

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