Monthly Archives: January 2015

upper endoscopy…

So I went in this past Tuesday for a long awaited Endoscopy to view my esophagus, stomach and upper intestine. The anxiety that I had was through the roof the last week up until my appointment. My sister in law had gone to the same practice and had horrible complications just three weeks before (one of her ulcers was nicked and they had a hard time stopping the bleeding and a hard time getting her out of anesthesia). I was going to the same place.

Everything I had read about the procedure was that I would be “consciously sedated” which to me says I’m loopy but I’m still awake.

i was knocked out!

Thankfully I don’t remember much of the Endoscopy. They don’t have answers yet. They ruled out cancer/polyps and they ruled out Barrett’s Esophagus but they still don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I have gotten involved in a lot of groups that are focused on Acid Reflux and GERD and it can be depressing at times that there are so many wonderful people that aren’t getting help or are being ignored by their doctors. So instead of focusing on the pain in my chest and the burning in my stomach I’m going to be empowered!

it’s time for me to be the healthiest version of myself

So what am I doing to get this going? I’m using my fitbit everyday now to track my movement, calories burned and my sleeping pattern (or lack there of). I’m tracking everything I eat in my day planner and keeping track of what causes problems and what is good. I have switched to a Whole Food, Natural, No Processed foods diet which means I’m making all my meals. Shopping Organic (which is making me poor), and making my own bread which has been fun. I am also focused on not being as anxious.

So here’s to looking on the bright side!

tasty (GERD friendly) lunch option…

So, I have been looking for easy lunch options that I can make that fall within the whole foods category but are substantial enough to fill me without upsetting my GERD.

One of my favorite type of food is Lebanese/Greek/Iranian food. I don’t eat a lot of meat but Chicken Shawarma is one of my favorite dishes. There is a local place here in town where you can get a Gyro style Shawarma which is just amazing.. however, it’s spicy, the gyro bread has gluten and there’s the tzatziki sauce which is amazing but has enough dairy to destroy my tummy.

So, I found a recipe online and adjusted it to make it GERD friendly and have eaten it every day this week for lunch and I’m happy with it so far.

GERD Chicken Shawarma

  • 2.25lbs of Organic Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin (Helps boost your immune system and aids in digestion)
  • 2 tsp paprika (Helps prevent blood-clotting and is packed full of Vitamin A, E and Iron)
  • 1 tsp allspice (Anti-inflammatory, rubefacient, carminative and anti-flatulent properties)
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric (Natural anti-inflammation, helps with IBS and is known to help prevent cancers)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (garlic is not GERD friendly, I used a little less than 1/4 tsp however, Garlic is great for your body)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (Also natural anti-inflammatory, helps with anti-clotting, helps control blood sugar) 
  • 1/4 tsp of Kosher Salt

Cut and trim the Chicken Breast into one inch pieces and put into a bowl. Combine all spices then pour over chicken mixture. Cover with plastic wrap or lid and let sit overnight.

There are a few ways you can cook this. The next morning I dumped the contents of the bowl into a large saute pan and cooked it on medium heat until the chicken was cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).

Oven Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken pieces on a foil lined pan (spray first with nonstick cooking spray). Roast the chicken for 20 minutes and turn the chicken about half way through. Once it’s done, take it out and let it cool slightly then if you want, cut it into smaller pieces.

Once you’re all done, you can serve it several different ways.

This is what I did:

I got organic/natural humus (I didn’t have time to make my own), fresh organic cucumber and some low fat organic Feta and I made a Humus Plate. You put humus on your plate, dice up some cucumber, grab some of your chicken and feta and viola! You are ready to eat your lunch!

Chicken Shawarma

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living with GERD

Alright, So I have realized that there are not a lot of super useful sites out there to help people with Acid Reflux (they’re calling it GERD these days). So, I am changing my blog to #1 be more consistent and #2, provide tried and true tips, recipes and lifestyle changes that can help others out there that have GERD.

Note, I’m not a doctor. Your GI Specialist, PCP or whomever you see should be the one you consult before making crazy decisions on your diet, lifestyle or medications. This will just be my story and journey with severe GERD and how I navigate it all.

GERD – what is it? It’s not just heartburn.. Here’s what the good ol’ Mayo Clinic says about it:

“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD.”

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/basics/definition/con-20025201

I have had severe acid reflux since I was 15 or 16 and have grown accustomed to the pain and discomfort in daily life. Which, for the record was the wrong thing to do. After 12ish years of living most of my GERD life without medication or treatment I have gotten myself into Chronic Severe GERD which has put me in the hospital, racked up medical debt and caused me to do a 100% overhaul of my life, what I eat, when I eat, how I exercise, what I drink and how I sleep and that’s just for starters.

So, any and all feedback, tips, and suggestions are highly recommended!

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