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How was everyone’s Memorial Day Weekend? Mike and I flew home to Chicago to spend the weekend with our parents – we always love being home. Something about it is so comforting. Now, it’s back to the races!
Every time I leave Chicago, my biochemistry reads something like this:
85% Deep Dish Pizza
Seriously – pretty sure Chicago experiences a shortage of deep dish every time I’m there. I way overdid it on the cheese and carbs this weekend. I think I’ve briefly discussed that I battle GERD/acid reflux. For anyone else struggling with this, you know it’s an extremely frustrating experience.
I don’t drink or smoke, but I LOVE to eat… pretty much everything. For those who aren’t as familiar with GERD, it’s a dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter. A normal LES opens and closes at appropriate times to keep acid out of the esophagus. With GERD, the LES malfunctions, and acid is allowed up into the esophagus, setting off a chain of unwanted reactions (heartburn, dyspepsia, nausea, etc).
There are certain foods that irritate GERD – spicy, caffeinated, fatty, carbonated (break this down and it’s pretty much everything except celery. Kidding… but that’s not how it feels sometimes). But I’ve been doing a lot of research into the CAUSE of GERD. I recently took a TRIAD test through a nutritionist – this test basically breaks down your biochemical makeup (for real).
My test results revealed that I have an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria and an inability to properly metabolize all of the carbs I’m consuming (helloooooo deep dish!). Upon further reading, I’ve come to understand that low stomach acid causes both of these things, and the pressure that is caused in the stomach from the bacteria and excess of carbs pushes up on the LES, which stimulates the GERD.
Why am I telling you all of this? First of all – GERD has been such a mystery to me. Hoping some of this will help someone who’s also struggling. But secondly, to explain my decision to try a modified Whole 30. I’ve always been skeptical of the diet of the moment, but the Whole 30 seems the most reasonable.
I clearly need to cut some carbs out of my diet to lessen the pressure in my system – the only thing I won’t give up is greek yogurt and cheese. Being vegetarian (pescatarian, if you want to be specific), most of my protein comes from fish, beans, eggs, and dairy. I’m going to try to cut out beans (which is SO HARD FOR ME – I LIVE on beans and rice), but I’m going to keep the yogurt.
Guys – need some moral support here. Who’s done Whole 30? How did it go? Thoughts? Things you’d do differently?
I’ll keep you posted on my progress.