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  • Jules
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    Hi Norm
    Your response made me smile. It’s surprising that such a small amount of raw vegetable juice can provoke such a response. I still wonder whether the low carb diet, at least in my case, provides the platform for the juice to have such good effect but as I have never juiced in my pre low carb state I can’t be sure.

    Jules
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    None of the veges I juice are cooked. They are juiced in their raw state. In Australia we have what we call round beans which are not legumes as such – they are long in length and a round shape and are classed as a vegetable. You can see them here – http://www.farmfreshgrocer.com.au/product/beans—round-250g/69

    I hope juicing works for you too.

    Jules
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    Before breakfast I combine carrot and celery. Before lunch and dinner I’ve been combining 3 or 4 from the following: cucumber, cabbage, round beans, raw beetroot, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower. I’m cutting back to juicing twice a day now (before breakfast and lunch) to see if that works as well. Good luck!

    Jules
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    Hullo fasttracklady

    I have found juicing vegetables to be the answer for my constipation problems which stretched back over a decade. Typically I would go for 3-4 days with nothing happening. Psyllium husks worsened things considerably. Two to three tablespoons of olive oil with some freshly squeezed orange juice gave me suboptimal results but better than nothing.

    From the day I started juicing a quarter of cup of mixed veges three times a day before meals I became regular. I didn’t start juicing with constipation in mind but to get more goodness into me minus the fibre. Nature even calls mid breakfast these days! I was amazed given my poor track record of the previous decade. To test if my success was all about the juicing I stopped it for two days and became constipated. It took two days of juicing again to get me back on track and it was like turning on a light switch. I’m still in awe actually. I dropped all grains from my diet last December so in my case eating grains did not contribute anything positive to my constipation woes and possibly worsened them. I may experience the odd day of not being regular but to date it is only every now and then.

    I bought a cold press juicer to get the maximum nutrition from juicing. Centrifugal juicers create heat which is said to destroy some of the goodness of the veges in the process.

    I’m not taking any probiotics products but do eat small amounts of yoghurt after each meal at the moment.

    If you get really stuck (no pun intended) with this problem, juicing veges could be the answer.

    Jules
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    bearsmom, you must be so pleased that your LRP symptoms have diminished – a very nice reward for all your efforts.

    I too share your belief that veges are good which, of course, they are but with our condition you come to realise that even they need to be limited.

    I feel the heartburn of yesterday is tied to weaning off Nexium. Just the day before I’d made another drop in the dosage level and the rebound is exacerbated at such times. I had overlooked that when I got worried about having the heartburn again. I tried Gaviscon for it and that didn’t do very much so then took some apple cider vinegar in water and that was far more effective. Last night after a small dinner my stomach was a bit painful for a while until I took some yoghurt which settled it. The acid surges have no doubt irritated the stomach and I’m going to mix some pure cream with the yoghurt and have a tablespoon of this mixture after every meal. Many people across the internet encountering the acid surges while weaning off/eliminating PPIs say this effect can last for weeks and I plan to stay on the current level of Nexium for a little longer – rushing to completely eliminate these drugs might do more harm than good. I do believe that eating the way I am is being a huge help in enabling me to keep reducing the Nexium. Considering the events of yesterday and last night, this morning I’m surprised at how calm my throat, oesophagus and stomach feel.

    Have you ever tried juicing? While the digestive process is not optimal I figure this is a reasonable way to get more goodness from veges without the fibre. Each juice of mixed veges I have totals around 3-4 FP points.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that diet is the best way to improve health and that it takes more time, which reminds me that patience really is a virtue.

    Best wishes for your continued improvement and nice talking with you.

    Jules
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    bearsmom, how have you been going?

    I thought about what you said and I have dropped the watermelon from my diet (only fruit I was having) and am going to swap the thick rice cakes for thin ones. As you did, I may have to be prepared to let go of these as well. I tried some Jasmine rice but the next morning I had a windy lower intestine so perhaps I’m not ready for that yet. You will see from my previous post to Norm that I’m going to try to keep to under 30 points a day.

    This feels like a never-ending journey at the moment. I know I’ve improved overall but am disappointed to step backwards into heartburn and ear pain again this morning. I thought the lack of heartburn over the past week might be the start of real healing for me and was mindful that it takes much longer for LPR to get better. Hopefully it’s only a temporary setback.

    There are times when it is definitely challenging to keep the right attitude as we traverse the road to healing for this condition. I find my little “what if…” voice hangs around a bit. 🙂

    Jules
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    Hello Norm and thank you for your response.

    I thought I was eating a very low carb diet (which I am by “normal” standards) but after buying digital scales a couple of days ago and weighing my food I realise I have more often than not been eating in the high moderate range for the last three months. I am going to try to keep under 30 points a day for a week and see how that goes. Juicing vegetables adds to the points but I need this to keep me regular in the bathroom.

    I was encouraged that I’ve had no heartburn for the last seven days but I’m having some heartburn after breakfast this morning which is disappointing. Also my throat felt a bit more irritable last night and I’m having some ear pain at the moment coinciding with the heartburn. This could possibly point towards a small serving of casserole I had the night before last which I discovered had onion, some tomato sauce and wheat flour in it.

    I’m on the verge of giving up Nexium (now only taking around 3mg daily). If I fail to improve with lowering the FP points I will take up your kind offer of a consultation.

    Jules
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    Dear bearsmom and JI, thank you for your replies.

    JI, we have what appears to be a Gaviscon similar to Gaviscon Advance which has more alginate in it and I use that as necessary to combat a large pour of acid into the stomach. Thanks for your advice and yes, it does work quite well.

    bearsmom, I haven’t been allowing myself rice because I gave up all grains last December apart from the puffed ricecakes. However, I will try your suggestion about a small amount of jasmine rice as a possible replacement or rotation with puffed ricecakes (which appear to have a low FP according to Norm’s tables). I know the puffed ricecakes are a processed food but I have used them for many a year as a platform for breakfast when wheat toast has given me problems. If I were to dop the ricecakes I’d have to turn to something like omelettes (adding even more eggs to my diet) and would find these rather rich for breakfast. I allow myself two serves of yoghurt a day for later in the day when I get hungry (or to give the acid surges something to think about) and so I probably shouldn’t have it for breakfast as well. I find it hard to be creative about breakfast. I eat only about 4-5 tablespoons a day of watermelon – my only fruit – but as you say, I may have to reconsider this in the future.

    I’m anticipating the majority of my digestive woes are being caused by the reduction of Nexium. There are so many, many people across the internet struggling to get off PPIs and it’s obvious the medical model for treating GERD/LPR is broken and must be reassessed. Of course funds for further research about better ways to alleviate GERD will not be coming from the pharmaceutical companies anytime soon. Nuff said about that!

    Doubling the Nexium last December got me into trouble as per my first post and so I put myself on pretty much the same diet I used to completely overcome long-term candida because I knew how good that way of eating made me feel overall and how it balanced my system. It was an act of desperation switching to this diet from one day to the next because it takes some adjusting but I was helped by the fact I’d done it all before and the rewards back then were outstanding. In fact, I stayed with that stringent diet for almost 10 years. I lost too much weight but felt great. It took me 12 months to completely overcome the candida using diet but that is another story. I ate no grains on that diet until ricecakes became available.

    I’m a little nervous about being liberal with saturated fats as I have two first-degree relatives who have needed cardiac bypass surgery in their 60s plus two extended family members. I know fats have recently been thought not to contribute to heart disease but I think it will take a while, and as such some proof, before this becomes accepted by a public who were led to believe otherwise some time ago. Having said that, I’m eating butter, coconut oil and my yoghurt is full cream. I’m about to have a cholesterol check so that will be interesting.

    My diet fits closely with Norm’s FP tables and I’ve dropped things like banana so that I am eating only those foods with a low FP. After eating this way for just over two months my large intestine feels so good because I can’t feel it. LOL. Previously I had chronic constipation, uncomfortable wind at times, which I guess could mean the intestines were a bit inflammed, bloating and sometimes cramps which my doctor told me was IBS. I’m 98 per cent regular now and this coincided with starting to juice vegetables. I have no more than a quarter of a cup of juiced veges before each meal as I don’t want to overdo it. Now that there is some stomach acid in play I’m dropping the apple cider vinegar I was drinking in water before each meal. The ACV was a godsend for the heartburn that the double dose of Nexium created but I don’t think it’s a natural thing to drink this past the necessary time although some would disagree with this. It wasn’t doing my throat any favours and I suppose that was my main motivation for dropping it – will see how that goes.

    I will be interested to see how the landscape looks when I can finally dispense with the Nexium and the lingering rebound. Then I will obviously have a much better idea of how much my eating plan is helping from the small intestine upwards. My energy has improved other than for the times I get bogged down in anxiety and worry about what damage may be occuring to my oesophagus, throat and larynx on the bad days. Anxiety steals so much energy. I’m a meditator and practice mindfulness as well as I am able to and that all helps. I do marvel at the ability of the body to recover or partially recover from the reflux episodes. For one thing, these months of what feels like chronic ill health is forcing me to learn how to find peace amongst the turmoil if only for short periods but those periods are regenerating.

    I’m probably starting to ramble so will sign off now. Thanks bearsmom and JI for your interest.

    Jules
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    in reply to: Apple Cider Vinegar #5732

    Good question, Joe. I’d like to see an answer to this as well because I take ACV before every meal. I wonder if Norm is around…

    Jules
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    in reply to: Apple Cider Vinegar #5731

    Good question, Joe. I’d be interested in an answer to this as well as I take it before every meal. I wonder if Norm is around…

    Jules
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    Hi Kathy

    I’ve been weaning myself off Nexium 20m since last December and am down to under half a tablet now. I just wanted to let you know that I started a very low carb diet at the same time I started weaning off this medication because of the ill effects from doubling the dose in late November on the advice of my general practitioner. I also use apple cider vinegar before each meal to help combat any oesoghageal pain after eating. I can say that diet alone (and I’m talking vegetables, a little fruit, unprocessed meats, very little milk, natural yoghurt and coconut oil – no grains whatsoever) helped me a lot. I’m now including the FP of foods table and keeping to the low side only (no banana now, for example). So, in essence, I can tell you that a low carb diet definitely helped me from the beginning, even being on a PPI.

    I’ve had LRP diagnosed but did not take investigations further than that as my feeling was that this has occurred as a result of being on Nexium for 7 years. Time will tell. In my lay opinion, I think even if you find you need to stay on a PPI you will be in a better place if you stick with the diet.

    Jules
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    I’ve had constipation issues for the last decade, more often than not going three days with nothing happening. Psyllium husks did not agree with me at all and this website has explained the reason for that – fibre is not the solution. I found olive oil and orange juice to be reasonably good but I was still not regular. However, from the very day I started juicing, around a month ago, I’ve been regular 98 per cent of the time. Before breakfast I would juice less than a half a cup and before lunch and dinner it would amount to about a generous one quarter of a cup. I use mixes of vegetables like carrot, beetroot, cabbage, cucumber, celery.

    I might add that I’ve been on a very low carb diet since mid December 2014 while I wean myself off seven years of Nexium use so the positive response I’ve had could mean the groundwork was laid by the VLC diet and the introduction of juicing tipped the scales in the right direction. Otherwise I have no explanation for the dramatic change.

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