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Not ready to be a vegan, but need a healthy change

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's all over the television and internet about an ex-president becoming a vegan and following a heart disease prevention vegan food plan. Having recently suffered such excruciating indigestion, back and abdominal pain myself, I had begun to wonder if I wasn't slipping downward into heart disease. I investigated on the Spark health pages and once again came up with a GERD self-diagnosis; but I will see my doctor very soon just to be sure. I have even figured out the reason for it now, so I'm quite sure the symptoms are coming from my physical condition. Since my large abdominal hernia is causing major gravity problems in my body is non- operable, I have to be extra careful what I eat and when I eat. I also can't continue to keep giving in to my snacking desires, and can't chance the family heart disease.
So, as once we become aware, we then become responsible, I now have to plan my food selections more carefully and plan the times of day I eat much more carefully. For starters, I just had my main hot meal of the day at lunch time in order to ward off painful after dinner and before bedtime indigestion. As I am experimenting, I'll see if this works. Maybe I'll make a dinner salad late in the afternoon and bulk it up with some vegetable protein and a healthy dressing.
This is a new challenge for me and I'm not sure where it's going, but I'll try it and see what happens. I don't think I can do much worse than I'm doing at present which is just plain painful. I'm sick of chewing on TUMS for dessert and washing them down with Pepto Bismol, which rhymes with dismal!
I went through similar circumstances a few times before but didn't take it too seriously and it would always come back to haunt me. Now I'm taking a page from the vegan heart therapy book and trying to reverse the symptoms with natural foods and sensible eating techniques rather than medications and surgery. If anyone else has gone through this and has some suggestions, please let me know. Thanks. emoticon
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    I would love to try Vegan. I check it out every once in awhile but always chicken out...literally. I LOVE my chicken, eggs and fish.

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    3235 days ago
  • JILL313
    I don't think I have GERD but the gasterologist (?sp) told me he thinks I'm allergic to dairy products and that is hard for me as I love them especially cheese. He thought I could maybe tolerate yogurt once in awhile but not much else. I can really relate to the popping of those Tums as I try to never be without them. If you haven't already it sounds like you need to go to the Specialist and see what he thinks. I hope you will get some relief soon as I know those feelings are miserable and very painful. Good Luck.
    3236 days ago
    I had been taking massive amounts of two GERD medications prescribed by my G.I. doctor and still continued having major daily stomach problems. My stomach got better after losing weight and after having food allergy testing. After eliminating the food allergies, I'm off all GERD medications, have no stomach pain and don't wake up during the night with acid in my mouth etc.

    I've been where you are for many, many years. It can get better!
    3236 days ago
    When I was vegetarian I experienced severe painful stomach aches, blotting of the stomach, and very uncomfortable feelings. When I ate only plants the problem went away. I no longer have any dairy and I use to eat non fat yogurt quite often. I also never eat eggs and I probably averaged at least 2 a day. I loved those scrambled eggs.

    I have many vegan cookbooks and there are many websites to learn new vegan recipes from. I have always enjoyed cooking and this has been a wonderful adventure learning to cook different from what I was raised on. I am no longer on the SAD (standard American diet) and I do not miss it one bit. My husband doesn't either. He is a big 6 foot tall Marine and he is thriving and healthy.
    3236 days ago
    I often woke up during the night with a painful burning in my throat - was diagnosed with GERD. I will say that it disappeared as I lost weight but is reappearing as I regain those lost pounds!
    So - back to the life I was so successfully living a few months ago! I have really cut out almost all red meat - I eat a lot of chicken and some fish, along with having two "meatless" days per week. It worked for me before and I'm sure it will again.
    Stay positive!
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    3236 days ago
  • JKURJACK1944
    I went the traditional route with medication and not eating foods that exacerbate GERD. After I joined Spark and started eating healthier and losing weight, i noticed that the pain, gas and bloating were no longer a problem. I slowly added foods to my diet that I had been denied because of GERD and find that I no longer have the symptoms. One of the main symptoms of GERD is being overweight. Since I lost 35lbs I am now able to eat just about anything I want, within reason, and not have any symptoms. This has worked for me, but does not necessarily work for everyone. I hope you find the right combination for you because I truly know what you are going through. emoticon
    3236 days ago
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