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Old Nov 2nd 2019, 11:17 am
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I finally succeeded in a way to kick the sugar soda habit.

I didn't cut out carbonated drink completely, I just add a sugar free water flavor enhancer to plain carbonated water, seems like an okay compromise, no sugar, still have bubbles and some flavor.
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Old Nov 2nd 2019, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
I finally succeeded in a way to kick the sugar soda habit.

I didn't cut out carbonated drink completely, I just add a sugar free water flavor enhancer to plain carbonated water, seems like an okay compromise, no sugar, still have bubbles and some flavor.
Clever lad, that's a perfect solution!
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
I finally succeeded in a way to kick the sugar soda habit.

I didn't cut out carbonated drink completely, I just add a sugar free water flavor enhancer to plain carbonated water, seems like an okay compromise, no sugar, still have bubbles and some flavor.
Carbonated drinks are ‘no list’ for people with GERD. Therefore reducing or cutting them out may help you healthwise J.
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Baby steps. I always failed in the past stopping cold turkey.

But I havent had a sugary soda in a while now and am drinking more regular water. I would say I am drinking 2 or 3glasses of carbonated water on average and rest refular tap.

I have also adjusted diet in the last few months, mostly plant based now and no fast food at all.

I had to do baby steps to succeed and so far seems to be working.

No caffeine anymore either.


Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Carbonated drinks are ‘no list’ for people with GERD. Therefore reducing or cutting them out may help you healthwise J.

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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Baby steps. I always failed in the past stopping cold turkey.

But I havent had a sugary soda in a while now and am drinking more regular water. I would say I am drinking 2 or 3glasses of carbonated water on average and rest refular tap.

I have also adjusted diet in the last few months, mostly plant based now and no fast food at all.

I had to do baby steps to succeed and so far seems to be working.

No caffeine anymore either.
I have eliminated peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, oranges/juice out of my diet. Those are things I ate most days, but are to be avoided if you have GERD. Coffee is another, I only have 1 cup and that is first thing in the morning. I have about 4 cups of tea per day, I really can’t exist without the traditional British cuppa.

I love water, I drink quite a bit during the day. It also help with weight loss. I’ve never been a lover of fast food, because I believe they contain all sorts of crap/mystery meat.
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
I finally succeeded in a way to kick the sugar soda habit.

I didn't cut out carbonated drink completely, I just add a sugar free water flavor enhancer to plain carbonated water, seems like an okay compromise, no sugar, still have bubbles and some flavor.
Wouldn't it be easier to just go to diet sodas?

However, I like the flavour enhancers too. I add it to greek yogurt which make it beyond awesome.

The nirvana is to get to just plain water (of course) I'm still working on that one so will avoid preaching !
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Baby steps. I always failed in the past stopping cold turkey.

But I havent had a sugary soda in a while now and am drinking more regular water. I would say I am drinking 2 or 3glasses of carbonated water on average and rest refular tap.

I have also adjusted diet in the last few months, mostly plant based now and no fast food at all.

I had to do baby steps to succeed and so far seems to be working.

No caffeine anymore either.
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Old Nov 3rd 2019, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
I have eliminated peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, oranges/juice out of my diet. Those are things I ate most days, but are to be avoided if you have GERD. Coffee is another, I only have 1 cup and that is first thing in the morning. I have about 4 cups of tea per day, I really can’t exist without the traditional British cuppa.

I love water, I drink quite a bit during the day. It also help with weight loss. I’ve never been a lover of fast food, because I believe they contain all sorts of crap/mystery meat.
Poor you. What's GERD anyway?
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
Baby steps. I always failed in the past stopping cold turkey.

But I havent had a sugary soda in a while now and am drinking more regular water. I would say I am drinking 2 or 3glasses of carbonated water on average and rest refular tap.

I have also adjusted diet in the last few months, mostly plant based now and no fast food at all.

I had to do baby steps to succeed and so far seems to be working.

No caffeine anymore either.

Well done that man!! That's a big step - and a great idea, still getting what you crave without the sugar and chemicals

Tea has a lot of caffeine (even decaf) so should be avoided with GERD apparently... are you getting withdrawal symptoms from lack of Caffeine and sugar?

Keep up the great work!


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Wouldn't it be easier to just go to diet sodas?

However, I like the flavour enhancers too. I add it to greek yogurt which make it beyond awesome.

The nirvana is to get to just plain water (of course) I'm still working on that one so will avoid preaching !
Diet soda is reportedly worse than normal soda! They seem to use artificial sweeteners like cyclamate, saccharin, aspartame or sucralose, instead of refined sugar. --- I've also been reading about the suggested link between fatty liver disease and soda generally..

Thankfully I've never enjoyed soda of any sort.

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Poor you. What's GERD anyway?
https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd...sease-gerd-1#1
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Originally Posted by Siouxie

Well done that man!! That's a big step - and a great idea, still getting what you crave without the sugar and chemicals

Tea has a lot of caffeine (even decaf) so should be avoided with GERD apparently... are you getting withdrawal symptoms from lack of Caffeine and sugar?

Keep up the great work! )
The first few days I had some headaches and was tired/worn down but that only lasted a couple days.

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I have eliminated peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, oranges/juice out of my diet. Those are things I ate most days, but are to be avoided if you have GERD. Coffee is another, I only have 1 cup and that is first thing in the morning. I have about 4 cups of tea per day, I really can’t exist without the traditional British cuppa.

I love water, I drink quite a bit during the day. It also help with weight loss. I’ve never been a lover of fast food, because I believe they contain all sorts of crap/mystery meat.
I am lucky that I don't care for peppers, onions and the like and never a big fan of orange juice so that helps. I don't eat mint either, but found it surprising that mint was on the list, would not have been something I would have guessed.

Coffee has never been my friend so I was good there too....
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...Coffee has never been my friend so I was good there too....
When I was working I was on 5/6/7+ cups a day, when I stopped working, my 'need' dropped to zero.

I had a bad digestive spell about 10 months ago, doc said to re-introduce the coffee..

She's the boss, so I did, but to be honest... I'm now on 2 or 3 cups per week, and comfortable with that.
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Seems a lot of us have GERD!

I have one coffee a day, and that is a soy latte as I cannot drink milk OR black coffee, so soy latte is the compromise. I cut out sugar years ago, so that doesn't bother me. I no longer drink tea, only peppermint tea occasionally and a sleepy herbal one at bedtime.

Never really liked soda drinks, and haven't had any for around 30 years or so. I drink lots of water and cranberry juice. Orange or apple juice only if I absolutely have to, and never grapefruit juice because of a medication I'm on.

I don't eat fast foods, if I need to eat out I try to find a Japanese place ....... even the fast food sections in malls usually have at least one such place, either sushi or teriyaki.

We cook from scratch, and mostly using only fresh foods. We don't eat peppers, have onions only in very small amounts in "comfort foods", but I do have 2 mini tomatoes a day with my lunch.

We were taken to Swiss Chalet a couple of years ago, hadn't been to one of those in at least 30 years .............. it was awful!!!!

On the other hand, I had some St Hubert fried chicken last year when the train was very late getting to Halifax and the crew ordered boxed meals to be loaded in Moncton. That was pretty good, though I didn't eat anywhere near the half chicken that was in the box!!


Basically I eat moderately and small.
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If it wasn't for this stupid hiatal hernia I probably most likely would not have reflux issues, doctors say its caused by the hernia.

I find worst time of day for me is first thing in the morning when I have an empty stomach and take my thyroid pill, I almost always experience a reflux of the water, but the thyroid pills needs to be taken first thing on an empty stomach so guess I just have to live with it, if I eat first then drink water I am fine, just talking about regular old tap water.

I guess as the cough has gone away, as has the lump in my throat that maybe I am no longer having issues in my sleep.

Now I am working on losing the belly fat which is supposed to help the hernia and relieve symptoms. My goal is to try and not take the PPI long term and hopefully fix through diet and life style changes.

I am only about 15 pounds overweight so I don't have to lose a super ton of weight, and I think with the cutting of sugar and fast food, and eating mostly planted based foods, I can do it. I am eating a lot of beans, broccoli and eggs or oat meal for breakfast.

Using canned beans at the moment, but I think will start buying them dry as they are cheaper that way, just have to prep them in advance.
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