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Oh! And one more question. To what degree should things like probiotics and digestive enzymes be involved in this process? Do they help speed the process? Is it possible or advisable to try to recover without them? Again, I've found a lot of conflicting information out there, which is just incredibly confusing & overwhelming. Thank you all so much for your help and sympathy! So appreciated!
ETA: And another question. Should I continue just taking the ranitidine as needed to manage the reflux, and just trust my body to tell me when I can start to back off of it? I really despise taking it - without getting tmi, it doesn't do anything for my actual digestion, but I'd rather take it than constantly freak out about the reflux.
Yeah, that's actually a really good idea! I don't know why the idea of going back to the diet that actually made me feel better seemed so difficult earlier today. I think I just get super defeatist and worry that no matter what I do it won't help so I might as well not bother, but it doesn't hurt to try. Cooking things in bulk would make my week easier, you're right, especially when I only have a 45-minute break for lunch in-between classes. Thank you.
First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH! This sounds like a really good idea, and I saw some improvement on a similar diet earlier. I just have a couple questions:
1. Are various types spices okay? I think they make eating things far more bearable, particularly meats & fish. Similarly, are things like olive oil and vinegar alright if you buy them and mix them yourself? Honestly, I can't see a caveman making himself a salad with a vinegarette, haha, but I'm just not sure.
2. Does the manner in which the food is prepared particularly matter? I've heard some stuff about raw vegetables being supposedly better for you, but I can't make heads or tails about whether or not that is accurate.
3. Is there any sort of general timeline for when people start to feel better, or how long I should stay on this diet? Part of my personal failing with this whole process is feeling better and then immediately going back to eating the things I ate before because I thought I was 'healed' enough at that point. I guess maybe I just need to come to terms with the idea of not being able to go back to the way I ate before, even with the gluten-free substitutes. :/
I'm actually at a pretty decent weight for my height - so far I've lost 15 pounds just from going gluten-free and it doesn't seem to help that much. (Although I'm still 5 pounds from my goal weight - maybe those few extra pounds will make the difference! )
Thank you very much for the advice - I'm so glad I'm not alone in being a singer dealing with this issue! It just makes me feel so anxious and panicky. Every separate incidence of reflux I have I just worry compulsively about there being some kind of permanent damage, let alone the side-effects the next day. My first voice teacher developed nodules from chronic reflux, was operated on and now has no singing voice at all D: You're right, I just need to be more vigilant in holding myself accountable for what I eat. It'll get better if I am, right?
Hey, y'all. I've been reading this forum for about a month, and I thought this might be a good place to vent / ask for some suggestions.
So I was diagnosed with Celiac about six months ago. My mom was diagnosed with the same about two years ago before me, but I was really hoping I wouldn't have the same thing... lucky me! Since then, it's been, well, up and down. I've made some really stupid, stupid mistakes that could have been easily avoided, and I'm still struggling with it.
Last semester, after I was diagnosed in the summer (I'm a college student) I was eating at qdoba pretty often and I would always get a bowl with chicken in it, something I thought would be safe. I was still feeling pretty bad, so I looked up allergen information on their website... and the chicken has gluten and dairy in it. :| Of course, I immediately stopped eating that, but the reflux didn't get that much better. Over this winter break, my mom & I went on a pretty restrictive fruit, veggie, chicken, lentil & rice diet, and that helped temporarily, until I got back to school and I didn't have as much time to prepare meals and think about food.
Then stupid mistake #2 happened just recently. I was making myself fruit shakes in the morning, and my boyfrend had some much better tasting protein powder than the stuff I was using, so I started trying it. This past week my reflux has been TERRIBLE, and so I look at it... and right on the front it says "whey" in big letters. I can't tell you how dumb I felt seeing that, knowing that I had been voluntarily ingesting something my body cannot tolerate every day for a week.
I'm fine with avoiding the obvious things like sandwiches, cheese, etc. for the rest of my life, it's just all the other little sneaky ways that gluten & dairy creep into my diet. It's so frustrating!! I'm honestly doing the best I can, but it doesn't seem to be good enough for my body to heal.
To cope with the reflux, I've been taking ranitidine 2x a day. It makes me anxious to do so, because I feel like I'm just treating the symptoms and not the actual cause, plus there are supposed to be some pretty bad side effects from taking them long-term. I just want to be healthy again.
The other thing is that I'm studying vocal performance (opera) at school right now. No lie, I need to be in semi-good voice for coachings, opera rehearsals, voice lessons, classes, etc. almost every single day. I can't do that if my stomach is bloated and cramped and I can't get in a good breath, and I can't do that if my reflux is constantly flaring up horribly. This means that I don't have any patience for trying different diets for healing my gut because I can't afford the symptoms for even a day or two, so I just go ahead and medicate w/ ranitidine because it works temporarily.
I just feel a little defeated right now. How long does it take to heal from this? Will my body ever feel as strong and capable as it did before I was diagnosed?