RefluxMD found Sandy Mason on Facebook where she shared her successful approach to eliminating her acid reflux symptoms with an effective GERD Diet. Like most adults suffering from acid reflux, she was told to get on a GERD diet and reduce her weight to a healthy level. However, initially, she decided to try proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications instead. After several years, her pain was so severe that she was finally motivated to follow her doctor’s orders and get on a GERD diet and reduce her body weight. We know you too will learn the value of a GERD diet and following a healthy meal plan after you hear her story.
What were your acid reflux symptoms? And when did you start your GERD Diet?
“About 5 years ago, I started having heartburn non-stop. At 46 years old, I was 5’4” and weighed approximately 165-170 pounds with a BMI of 29. I was seen by a G.I. doctor and put on Nexium, Zegerid (a PPI with sodium bicarbonate added), and a series of several other PPIs including Dexilant. Eventually, PPIs actually seemed to make the problem worse, so I ended up going off of them and trying some home remedies that did seem to help. My regimen included lemon water each morning, ginger tea, chewing gum, baking soda, alkaline water, aloe vera juice, and apple cider vinegar. However, over time my pain returned, and I had trouble getting comfortable to sleep.
Nothing really worked, and endoscopy revealed gastritis, a hiatal hernia, and esophagitis. About 3 years ago, my doctor told me to lose weight and get on a GERD diet. He gave me some literature for a GERD diet program, a list of foods to eat to help my acid reflux, and sent me on my way. I kept putting off losing weight for various reasons; primarily motivation and not really having a plan that worked. I continued to gain weight, and by Christmas 2014, I hit 194 pounds with a BMI of 33.”
What caused you to build a path to symptom relief and get on the GERD diet?
“I was in constant pain, which was very frustrating. I should also note that I have a lot of cancer in my family, so I was very concerned about that as well. I have a good friend from high school who is a health coach and also an R.N., and had been watching the success of her clients for a couple of years. Out of desperation, I reached out to her for help. She introduced me to an eating program that I customized into a GERD diet which included 6 protein/carbohydrate-balanced meals per day (5 replacement meals, and one balanced meal per day that I prepared myself); consuming food once every 2-3 hours.”
How difficult was the GERD diet and when did you begin to find relief?
“It was hard at first, but after about a week my body had detoxed, gotten rid of all the excess carbs, and I started feeling much better. My acid reflux symptoms disappeared almost immediately. After about 3 to 4 days on the plan, my body got into a fat-burning state, my blood sugars were in balance, and the difference in my physical well-being was phenomenal. At this point, I became very motivated, and it was much easier to stick to the GERD diet program.”
“Between January 7, 2015, and mid-July, I lost 68 pounds and was down to 126 pounds (BMI = 22), which I have been able to maintain. The results have been nothing short of miraculous! Not only am I off the PPIs, but I no longer have plantar fasciitis! My husband saw my results and became very supportive. He started the program himself and has lost 57 pounds. We have collectively lost 125 pounds, which is almost exactly what I currently weigh!”
How is the GERD diet going today – any concerns about relapsing into your old lifestyle?
“I am not at all worried. Along with the habits of health, I have learned, I know I can rely on the people who are a part of this healthy movement. I won’t go backward because it has become a part of me. Once in a while, if I indulge, my body lets me know that it’s not normal and I don’t feel good. I then get back on the GERD diet, and I’m fine. Since July, I have been able to maintain my weight within 2 pounds, including during two extended vacations. My acid reflux symptoms only return when I eat too much sugar or if I drink too much coffee or diet soda. Once I get back on my GERD diet meal plans, the symptoms go away almost immediately.”
What do you want to tell others with acid reflux about your GERD diet and healthy meal plans?
“Connect with a health coach and get started on a health optimization program. Today I enjoy serving people like me to help them greatly minimize, decrease, or even eliminate their symptoms from acid reflux. You don’t have to suffer anymore, and I would love the opportunity to help you overcome your symptoms of acid reflux, utilizing the knowledge and support I have obtained. I am feeling great and am happy to have discovered a support group and knowledge about how to properly fuel my body.
To learn more about designing an effective and GERD-friendly diet, we recommend you start with the 5 steps to an acid reflux diet.
Sandy Mason is a certified health coach, and she is willing to help acid reflux sufferers that would like a free consultation on how to do a GERD diet to lose weight. Sandy is currently working with RefluxMD to assist those on Scale Down for Relief to reach their weight loss goals. Average weight loss for Clients with the Optimal Weight 5+1 Plan with support is 20 pounds.