Extreme GERD Emergency Diet


This is a modification of the GERD diet, specifically for people who are gluten intolerant. The GERD diet is a common, medically prescribed regimen that your doctor would give you if you were to experience serious symptoms of GERD. The diet involves rapid weight loss (initially for me 5 pounds per week) and reduction in irritation to the digestive tract as a result of GERD. As with all gluten-free diets, there is a natural tendency to carb reduction, since overeaters tend to consume huge amounts of carbs (and fats) through "grazing" baked goods out of the home. Fats are reduced to the RDI, but the focus of fat-intake reduction is on avoiding foods prepared with added fats; I don't avoid or particularly count naturally occurring fats (i.e., whole milk Greek Yogurt, beef in stir-fry). Anyone on this diet would have to have an ongoing commitment to increasing awareness about food. Three books to read are: "The Fat Flush Diet" (Gittleman) and "Food and Diet" (Colbin). I also recommend "The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health" (Vasey).

(militeacher's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Grains, Pasta and Rice
Breakfast Cereals
Baked Products
Meat and Fish
Beef Products
Pork Products
Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Chicken and Poultry Products
Finfish and Shellfish Products
Sausages and Luncheon Meat
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Fresh Fruit
Canned, Cooked, Dried and Frozen Fruit
Fruit Juice
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Vegetables and Vegetable Products
Legumes and Legume Products
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Butter and Cream
Other Dairy Products
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and Nut Products
Seeds and Seed Products
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Fats and Oils
Margarine and Spreads
Other Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Spices and Herbs
Sauces and Gravies
Tea and Coffee
Other Beverages
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc
Fast Foods
Meals, Entrees, and Sidedishes
Baby Foods
Ethnic Foods

Not OK

 How To Follow Extreme GERD Emergency Diet:

Following this diet involves eliminating categories of foods entirely and being aware of the way you eat. Smaller portions, eaten more slowly, with simpler dishes. I don't measure portions or restrict my consumption of allowed foods, but I have cut my calorie intake in half because I have cut out foods that my body cannot tolerate--which accounted for half or more of my calories. Any diet targeting GERD requires that you be curious about your personal responses to food and about nutrition in general.
  by member militeacher
member since: 29 Apr 11

About / History

I developed this diet with my nutritionist over several years but used it only as a guideline and often ate meals or snacks that were off the diet. Generally, the GERD diet (upon which I based my diet) is prescribed along with an acid blocker such as Prilosec. I am not currently taking any antacids because I've done those for 20 years and found that they don't help me much. Antacids may even make things worse by leading me to eat things I know I shouldn't. At any rate, I eventually found myself almost unable to eat without provoking intense chest and abdomen pain. At that point, I started following this diet strictly and found that it resulted in the rapid weight loss I needed, soothed the GERD-related inflammation, and allowed me to enjoy eating again. I am able to manage my symptoms effectively through diet and exercise alone. And there are very valuable side-benefits too: once a log-sawer, I no longer snore; even without caffeine, I have a lot more energy and can focus better. I am also in a much better mood.

militeacher's top tips

1.Chew your food. If you have GERD, chances are you eat too fast. And that contributes to eating too much.
2.Use the natural zero-glycemic sweetener Stevia instead of sugar, honey, agave, or artificial sweeteners. (I have never ingested an artificial sweetener and don't plan to start now.)
3.Constantly remind yourself of the reason you started this diet--think about how unhappy you were before you started and how much better you feel now. Dieting feels good. Take advantage of that.
4.Be religious about entering foods into your calorie counter.
5.Don't target individual foods; eliminate or strictly restrict categories of foods. That way you are not as susceptible to the irrational persuasions of packaging and sentimental associations.
6.Accept the fact that the rest of the world is not on your diet; don't take your food cues from others.

  Why choose "Extreme GERD Emergency Diet"?
 Promotes long term weight loss
 Promotes rapid weight loss
 A healthy living alternative
 A body "detox"
 Improves mood and outlook
 Reduces the risks of diet-related diseases

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