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Going Veggie, Sort Of: A Vegetarian Diet for Acid Reflux

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Snails leave behind mucus, kinda like what’s been in my throat. Ew.

My decision to try a vegetarian diet for acid reflux all began with insomnia. I usually have trouble sleeping for the following reasons: too much to drink, too much socializing too close to bedtime, too much work/worrying, or too much excitement. The perfect winter storms rolled in all these circumstances at various times or even overlapping daily and nightly.

I usually have trouble sleeping for the following reasons: too much to drink, too much socializing too close to bedtime, too much work/worrying, or too much excitement. The perfect winter storms rolled in all these circumstances at various times or even overlapping daily and nightly.

Then, about late March, I caught a nasty cold and had to put a hold on all things work and blog related for three or four days. I dosed myself with Nyquil, cough drops, saline nasal spray, chicken soup, and sleep. I started to feel better after about a week, but then the symptoms kind of stagnated with the prominent symptom being (gross) phlegm.

Burn after eating

I began to notice that I would have a bad bout of mucus after eating, and it continued for a solid two weeks. When I finally got to see a doctor, the prognosis was that I probably just had allergies. I rarely have allergies, though, and certainly not for so long. However, the rainy season in California was notoriously abundant this year, so the spring pollen is particularly brutal.

But what about the symptoms being worse after eating? I asked the doc, and she suggested that, along with taking allergy medication, I adhere to the all-too-familiar GERD diet and try omeprazole (Prilosec) for about a month. If I don’t feel better by then, I should come in and get checked out again.

Vegetarian recipes to fight heartburn

Why do I tell this story now? I tell it because, in the course of dealing with these symptoms, I’ve decided, again, to have a go at a vegetarian (or flexitarian as I’ll explain below) diet. I have found in the past that nothing better prevents heartburn than eating my vegetables—especially raw vegetables—as proven time and again. And heartburn almost always strikes when I have a good portion of meat or something high in fat.

Rudy Huxtable with caption Rudy says ...

Because I need to rethink my diet significantly, which includes making sure I get enough protein, you may not see many original recipes from me for a while as I get a handle on this new lifestyle. I’ll be checking out what’s hot (or cool) in the food blogging ’verse and posting pics on Facebook and Instagram of my latest attempts along with a review and recommendations.

However, I neither intend to wholeheartedly stick to it when I’m out and about—I may order chicken fajitas on date night or accept the burger at a friend’s BBQ just as I take my digestive enzymes for good measure—nor do I intend to push this lifestyle onto my husband, family, friends, and followers. Even though Ivan is the world’s best husband because he told me he will support me and eat whatever I slap down on the table, I know that a vegetarian diet is not his ideal by any stretch of the imagination.

Flexitarian diet journey

As I embark on this new journey, I’ll continue planning weekly meals, now vegetarian, and then determining how to get some meat on the plate seamlessly without the husb ever noticing a difference. Alongside recipe selection, I will also be trying my hand at weekly meal prep, which will save time in the long run.

I’ll analyze each recipe to determine what parts can be prepared ahead and kept in the fridge or freezer. Indeed, my fridge is already starting to look a bit overloaded, but my routine should get more organized eventually. All in all, I’m pretty excited about the possibilities. The shakeup in my routine was long overdue, I think!

In the coming weeks

So, here’s what you can expect to see from me in the coming weeks:

  • reviews of healthy vegetarian meals in the blogosphere
  • meal prep of grains and proteins
  • updates on my ongoing health journey

In conclusion, life just not only got a whole lot healthier but also easier!

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A pail of freshly picked Brussels sprouts with caption: Eat your vegetables!