GERD and Diet Variety

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Q: What high protein, non-acidic, lightly spiced foods can I eat if I have severe gastroesophageal reflux? I'm so bored with bland foods!

A: It can be very hard to find foods that do not trigger gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and still satisfy you. High-fat foods like fried chicken and creamy dressings, caffeine, soda and carbonated beverages, citrus fruit, tomato sauce, garlic and onions can all trigger symptoms.

However, that does not mean you have to eat bland foods. Mild spices like oregano, thyme, bay leaf, basil parsley, coriander and cumin can be used to season protein foods like baked chicken breast or fish, eggs, sautéed tofu, and boiled beans to create delicious, healthy meals.

Here are some recipes that may fit the bill:

Complement diet with healthy eating behaviors that decrease GERD symptoms. Eat slowly and chew your food well before swallowing. Avoid lying down or bending over for about 1-2 hours after eating. Do not chew gum, suck on hard candy or drink through a straw. Air swallowed by doing these things can cause GERD.

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