Losing weight - any tips to put it back on?

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Hi everyone. This is my first ever post on this group.

Had GERD for just over 1 month... it immediately followed on from an anxiety disorder (which i still have but am working on.. a health anxiety... great eh? )

Anyway, I read time and time again that one way to reduce GERD symptoms is to loose weight. The thing is I'm very slim already. Probably lost about 3/4 stone over the last couple of months due to the anxiety side of things. Anyway, since having the GERD, I've lost a bit more while I've been struggling with symptoms.. and figuring out what i can and cannot eat (it really does rule your life).

The weight loss is not what I'd call dramatic or unexplained as, because I've been feeling rubbish, my appetite has been rubbish and eating less than normal and not really taking in any fats... I've had insomnia too (partly down to anxiety) so i know I'll be burning more off through the night.

So - there's my brief history. Does anyone have any GERD friendly foods that i can get down my neck please? 

BTW, I've seen a specialist, just started Lansoprazole and I'm getting a few tests week after next but he's not concerned with anything sinister. 

Thank you in advance


P.S It doesn't help that I'm a fussy eater anyway! 


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    Hi Cat. I too lost a lot of weight through anxiety and reflux. I saw a nutritionist who suggested trying to give up gluten and acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits. I have also reduced the amount of processed foods I eat and sugar. It's hard work and a bit boring but I'm sure it has made a difference. I eat a lot of salmon and scrambled eggs plus stews and soups. I also have sourdough as although it has gluten in it, it is fermented for a long time and is better tolerated. I'm hoping this is a temporary thing and I can start eating normally again soon but for now, this is working ( a lot of the time) for me. I eat slowly and I try not to get too hungry. Good luck.

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    Thank you Raffa99 - My first reply! 

    i've been keeping an eye on this forum for a while and I think it's great for everyone to share, learn and support - what a great bunch of folk! 

    The salmon is a good shout - I'll be sending my partner out for some later ha! 


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    Hi Cat

    I have been at this right at a year now. I don't know about anyone else here, but mine has gotten bad enough at times that even drinking water has caused the reflux.

    However, as I have gone along I have definitely discovered some absolute no nos for me.

    Coffee, dairy, bread (it seems to be a problem), greasy foods, processed or fast foods, acidic foods.

    I have about narrowed mine down to chicken breast, salmon, liver, some potato, green leafy vegetables, other fresh vegetables, steamed vegetables, steamed brown rice, fresh vegetable juice (you would have to experiment what vegetables you can eat), and vegetable, and chicken soup.

    It seems when I stay to the more alkaline, and natural foods is when I start feeling much better.

    Some have said fresh cabbage juice is supposed to be really good for it, I have not stayed with that long enough to find out.

    There really is a long going discussion in this area even among medical as to whether some have this because of not enough acid in their stomach, and some having too much.

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    Thank you! 

    Yes, a personal preference. 

    I'm on with a food diary anyway.

    Onwards and upwards



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