Preliminary info: I have been on and off 80 10 10 for a few months now, but in the past 2 weeks I finally have truly committed to this lifestyle and feel it sticking for life. Over the past 2 weekscI have eaten high carb raw as well as cooked vegan. The only cooked items being steamed potatoes, broccoli, green peas, and spaghetti squash. I also use organic spices such as cumin, cinnamon, thyme, basil, turmeric, rosemary, and a little red pepper.
Issue at hand: My issue now is that my acid reflux has become HORRIBLE. The worst ever. I have had acid reflux for a few years now and take medicine for it. I take prevacid 30mg twice a day before my meals.
Since going 80 10 10 these past 2 weeks my throat is sooo sore, achey, and very swollen. As I learned from seeing various doctors, the sore throat is from the acid from my leachees stomach splashing up from my stomach and into my throat.
I eat fruit and veggie meals that are 500 calories in the afternoon and 1000 calories for dinner. I know that acid reflux can be caused by eating too much at one time, so do you think that is my issue? I tend to eat lots of high water content fruits such as cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, and all together in 1 sitting.
Could it be that the fruit is too acidic?
Is it the food combining since I am not mono mealing yet?
Am I eating too much in 1 sitting? I do eat at dinner to the point where I am uncomfortably full. My meal consists of 1000 calories always but it is very high volume fruits and I am usually tired after eating and very bloated.
Example of dinner meal: For example, for dinner tonight I had: 1 mango, 20 leachees, 27 grapes, 20 cherries, 1 ear raw sweet corn, 2 cups raw spinach, 10 grape tomatoes, 3 frozen bananas made into banana ice cream, and some cinnamon, cumin, basil, thyme for spices. Do you think my meals could be making this acid reflux problem happen.
**Though I eat an 1000 calorie dinner on 80 10 10 I have honestly been eating that many calories at my meals for a long time now before I even started this lifestyle. I used to eat lots of popcorn and soy chips that were high in volume for my stomach, so I am confused as to why now that I am eating 1000 calorie meals from fruits and veggies (which are much healthier) that my throat is being torn up by acid??
**Also, and this is really important as to why I am so concerned about my acid reflux...my beloved father died Dec 5, 2010, from esophageal cancer. I am scared that all my acid reflux is taking me down that same path since the acid could really hurt my esophagus lining and lead to cancer.
**If anyone knows anything about acid reflux and how it relates to my situation I would greatly appreciate your advice on what to do differently and some explanation of what is going on with me.
Thank you so much for your time and help!!
anyone??? I really need some advice/help with this!
A friend of mine has the same problem, for her it's anything starchy, try removing the sweet corn, and graze, don't eat full on meals, keep the stomach half-empty at all times not to be burdened.
Since the sweet corn wouldn't be good do you think steamed potatoes and spaghetti squash would be problems as well? Do you or anyone else know if eating steamed veggies, potatoes, and squash could be making my acid reflux problem with 80 10 10 worse or if the steamed foods wouldn't really make a big difference?
Also, I hear you on the grazing but that's really hard for me. I love to eat 1-2 medium size meals during the day and a big 1000-1200 calories meal at night. Ive been in this habit for so long and feel almost addicted to it, finding it very soothing for some reason. That probably isn't healthy I am just scared of feeling restricted by forcing myself to stop eating when I want more fruit.
potatoes harm my friend, so i'll give it a plausable, she does eat steamed veggies, but i dunno if she eats squash, she doesn't do any preperations to her food, she just makes sure she eats till she's half full, wait 30-60 minutes, then eat again, then in 2ish hours, etc...
I used to have a very raspy, harsh, awful after taste following some meals. It went away when I simplified my meals and paid more attention to food combining principals.
Ya, I know I should take more care with food combining/mono mealing. I guess since I am so new to this I am just trying to eat whatever and as many different fruits that sounds good to me at each meal. Am I being stupid about this and need to wake up to the reality of the importance of mono mealing? I don't really get why it is so important besides to avoid gas, etc.?
Sometimes soar throat can just be detox from what I understand. I experienced quit a bit of it in my beginning stages. And even now certain foods can give me a sore throat such as collard greens. In my case I don't think it has been acid reflux causing this, may not be in your case as well. But I'm not sure either way, just my thoughts is all.
Is the feeling now the same as your acid reflux symptoms before raw? How well did the medicine work before raw and is the effectiveness different now? These could possibly be signs that you are or are not dealing with acid reflux.
Also unripe fruit can cause sore throat too. I think you would be wise to stay away from any fruit you aren't completely sure is ripe, any mature dark greens and try to stick to mono meals for the time being. Whether you're dealing with acid reflux or not.
The symptoms I am experiencing now are the symptoms I had a while ago when I wasn't on medicine for my acid reflux, prior to starting 80 10 10 I was eating large meals(1000 calories at a time) but not having acid reflux symptoms. Since starting 80 10 10 now i'm having intense acid reflux via sore swollen throat even though I am still on my medicine. I believe all of my fruit is ripe when I eat it. I am worried about this due to my father's death of esophageal cancer. Do you or anyone else know how long I should wait it out with these symptoms before trying to change something about my diet? Also, why would eating mono change my acid reflux symptoms if I would still be eating large amounts of fruit at each meal?
If you do have acid reflux then your digestive system is in bad shape and needs to heal. Often times the healing process brings out the same symptoms that we don't like and want to avoid. The best way to heal your digestion is to give it very simple meals to work with.
The reason that proper food combining is important is because on a raw food diet our digestive track get's cleared out and the food digests fast, this is how it's supposed to work. But the thing is different food groups digest differently. For instance watermelon digests much faster than mango. So if you eat them at the same time or even eat the mango first and don't wait long enough before eating the melon you will cause quite a stress on the digestive system because the mango will be inhibiting the melon to digest properly. Also when your body only has to focus on one kind of food to digest it needs to use less energy and resources to do so.
Some people get away with not food combining properly. But for someone who has digestive problems that need to heal (such as acid reflux) I think it becomes very important to provide the best conditions to do so.
Personally I prefer mono meals not only to prevent gas and discomfort but because I feel best (energy wise, clarity and such) when doing so.
Also as far as ripe fruit. It is very easy for us to think we are eating ripe fruit when we are not, especially in the beginning. It's almost impossible to find ripe pineapple for one. Even the best grapes we come across have many that are unripe in the bunch. Unless you live in Florida or California truly ripe citrus is pretty hard to come by, we've been eating unripe oranges our whole lives so we think we know what a ripe orange tastes like that is until we get to eat some that are really sweet.
And it takes awhile for us to get in tune with our senses once adopting this lifestyle (at least it did for me). For instance in the beginning I would eat a lot of semi ripe bananas and had no idea at all from taste or immediate reaction. Now that sweet bananas are second nature to me if I bite into a semi unripe banana and get the slightest starchy taste it immediately turns my stomach and I have to spit it out. And its hard for me to eat even a ripe banana after that because my body tells me no more banana right now.
I cannot speak exactly to what is happening to you as there are a lot of details I don't know, but I can tell you what I have seen from my own experience and hope it helps. I did a lot of damage to my digestive system and I thought 811 had cleared everything up. About three weeks ago I had a high fat meal and then ate some more when i got home. The next morning all of my problems were back again. I was so surprised this happened since I hadn't had cooked food to cause problems. I can drink 2liters of oj within half an hour to an hr of going to bed (i don't recommend this obviously; it's because of the hours i work) and have very few problems. too much fat or too much protein are the problem causers in my opinion.
my biggest suggestions to you would be to mono everything and go overt free for 2-3 weeks and see how you are affected. look into the banana island group here.
best of luck to you!
Thanks for your feedback, I don't eat overt fats so I know it's not that, but I don't eat mono yet so maybe that would help.