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The Gastritis Diet

This past September, I found out that I had acquired “a little gastritis in the stomach.” That is a direct quote from my gastroenterologist’s nurse (nope, didn’t talk to the doctor). What is it? It is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Okay, so how do we resolve making it go away? I was told to take an acid reflux medicine by him AND my general practitioner. I did this for about a month and knew it was not helping. Soooooo, if you don’t know me by now, you will! I said to my husband, “Well, that’s not happenin’!” I, also, have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diverticulitis, where pockets in your intestines have had food particles drop in them and get infected. To avoid another infection, I have to stay away from seeds, nuts, tomato skins, and corn. Navigating all of these different digestive issues was going to be very interesting! So onto the internet I went to research. I want to tell you, though…..it is a VERY slow-learning process! BUT, I’ve done it for you and now I can share what I’ve learned…

First thing to know, is try to go with foods that are organic and Non-GMO (genetically modified organism, which is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal). The most important foods you should be eating are, believe it or not, lots and lots of onions and garlic!!! Yes, you read this right! Peppers are on the top of the list, too. I was very hesitant at first with this, because with my IBS, I didn’t eat these items too often. Well, I went for it and was making a lot of peppers and onions….with garlic! To my surprise, I felt better than ever doing this! Also, it is very important to have fermented foods, for example, sauerkraut and kefir. I call kefir a liquid yogurt. I couldn’t have the kefir because as I have said I have IBS and any dairy, wheat, or sugar tends to upset it. I stuck to eating a couple of tablespoons of sauerkraut before lunch and dinner; and actually, started craving it!!!! (I know this is sounding wild, but it worked!)

I was eating lots of eggs, chicken liver with onions, chicken breast, ground chicken, wild caught fish, sardines, and tuna fish. I stuck with mashed potatoes (without the peel) and sweet potatoes. I had lots of cooked veggies (only thing I ate raw was celery) and fruit without pits (bananas, pears, pineapple, cantaloupe, and apples…you can have berries if you don’t have diverticulitis and you can eat seeds). I advise you to remove the peel of veggies and fruit. The peels are harder to digest. Then I added sourdough or Ezekiel bread. The way this bread is made, does not bother my “wheat” problem. The Ezekiel bread is a sprouted grain bread which kills phytic acid that is known to block minerals from your body and helps predigest the gluten. It is easier to break down and digest. It contains more fiber and whole food-based nutrients.

Always, drink lots of water, 8 ounces every 2 hours. Also, eat starch before you eat your protein and veggies and NEVER drink cold water after a meal. Drink fresh water constantly throughout the day (not ice cold). Don’t drink cold drinks as the cold fluid gets to the intestine before the food and creates a fatty fluid once the food reaches the intestine. Limit the amount of water or other fluids you drink with your meals, as this can inhibit digestion.

A little dairy, wheat, or sugar (ONCE IN AWHILE…like once a day) does not bother me. Later on (yes, with more research) I started taking IBgard for my IBS. Also, I started Slippery Elm, which helps the lining of your stomach and it contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. This mucilage coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, making it ideal for sore throats, coughs, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, and diarrhea.

Example of my daily diet:

  1. Breakfast: Full serving of old-fashioned oats with 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup.
  2. Morning Snack: Smoothie made with chicken bone broth powder, half of a banana, ginger powder (lots!), ice, and almond milk.
  3. Lunch: 3 tablespoons of sauerkraut (cold or warm) and tuna with olive oil and garlic and onion powder.
  4. Afternoon Snack: 2 tablespoons of almond butter and celery sticks or almond butter with sourdough bread.
  5. Dinner: Peppers and onions with garlic (lots of it!), ground chicken and sauerkraut, and mashed or sweet potatoes.
  6. Night Snack: Oats cereal, half of a banana, and almond milk.

So, five months later (and 18 pounds lighter!) I feel so much better and am able to eat a little more of the food I like, however, I don’t overdo it.

Buona Salute e Dio vi Benedica (Good Health and God Bless)!