GERD and Paleo


So I recently found out I have a hiatal hernia with mild esophagitis due to GERD.  When I was VERY STRICT with my paleo, I didn’t suffer from any of these issues.  Just mild heartburn once in awhile, but nothing a few Tums wouldn’t take care of.  Then it got bad.  I was constantly feeling air coming up from my stomach and then it developed into trouble swallowing every so often.  Long story short, my endoscopy showed what was going on.  Now I’m on a mission to make myself feel better, and NEVER have this happen again.  Right now I’m on high doses of PPI’s (not my favorite thing), but they are allowing my esophagitis (irritation of the lower esophagus) to heal – and I’m all for that.  I only have about 2 weeks left of the medication.

Okay, so what is GERD?  According to WebMD, it is Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach.  In most cases, GERD can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes; however, some people may require medication or surgery.  My own personal definition – when it gets to the point where I’m at (which isn’t even that bad), it is worse than a constant migraine for 4 days.  Honestly.  I just don’t feel normal.  I don’t even want to go out and eat because it’s so bad…well it was so bad.  I feel almost 100% better at this point, so whatever was wrong is on the mend.

What is a hiatal hernia?  Again, quoting WebMD, hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach moves up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm.

Most sites say that all of this can be contained/resolved by dietary changes.  So that got me thinking.  I felt amazing when I started paleo, but having introduced some things back into my diet – such as rice and gluten free bread occasionally, I may have messed with the balance of my belly.  I decided to see what people have written about GERD and paleo – and there were quite a few things written.  I started reading through most – and the conclusion – Paleo can almost eliminate GERD.  I believe it, now to just achieve it.  I ordered a book called, The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser.  I’m curious to read what he has to say.

My doctor told me he’d get me back to normal drinking coffee again!

Before I get into what I have read about GERD and how Paleo can make you feel a whole lot better, I first want to talk about PPI’s.  PPI – is a proton-pump inhibitor that your doctor can prescribe that cuts down acid production in your stomach.  By cutting down the acid production, it my case, helps the healing process of my esophagus.  It’s not the best thing having acid production stopped, because our stomach’s need the acid for a number of things, but at the moment – it’s working.  The doctor has me taking them for 4 weeks – then a visit with him.  I don’t think he’ll keep me on them, but we’ll see what he says.  They are safe for short term use, but some people who use them for a long time develop a lot of problems.  They don’t allow your body to absorb vitamins, they also don’t allow your body to fight off infection as well.  They weaken your bones because of the lack of calcium your body absorbs.  And if I remember correctly, I read that they cause an imbalance with good and bad bacteria (and being paleo, I know all about that).

So back to GERD and paleo.  I googled GERD and paleo – and so far all I’ve seen are good articles, but I’m sure there are a few out there with failed successes.  I’ll research those later – maybe.  Found on – “If GERD is caused—or at least contributed to—by low stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth in the intestines, it follows that the best way to treat it is to improve stomach acid production and reduce bacterial overgrowth. This strategy actually addresses the underlying causes of the problem, whereas the conventional approach (acid-stopping drugs) merely suppresses the symptoms.”  Seems like it makes sense.  It’s the low-carb, no gluten or dairy, no processed food diet that can resolved GERD without the PPI’s.  I read somewhere that it can take up to 6 months to heal and for you to feel better.

I have to look a little more into it, and wait for my book to arrive.  I promise to keep you guys informed on what I find!

If anyone suffered from GERD, and has been helped by paleo, please post in the comments below!

“I really regret eating paleo. – said no one ever.”

Deana’s Magical Chicken


I must tell you about tonight’s dinner!

I cooked it on the fly.  I knew all day I was going to make chicken, and I was thinking maybe spinach.  Well, when I got in the kitchen…the magic began.  I’ll give you my not-so-formal recipe for it!

I started with some melted Kerrygold butter and cut up quarter of a yellow onion.  I let that get all yummy and fragrant.  Then I cut up 3 chicken breasts into 2 inch cubes (or close to that).  I threw that in the pan.  Added some salt, pepper, and ground ginger.  Mix that all up and let it cook through a little bit.  Then I added half a bag of frozen spinach from Trader Joe’s and covered the pan.  I added a little bit more salt.  Then Trader Joe’s has jalepeno stuffed olives – I took 5 or 6 of those and sliced them up.  Add them to your magic chicken dinner and stir it up.  Let it cook until the chicken is cooked.  I kept it on medium heat and let it bubble a little.  While it’s still cooking, slice up some lacey swiss cheese (I cut up about 4 slices).  Throw it in, let it melt – and serve!  I made a side of frozen vegetable fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s.  It’s not so paleo, but it’s what I do!  🙂

I would have had pictures, but it wasn’t until after I finished this magical chicken dinner that I thought I NEEDED to share it with you!  So I apologize.

If you make this, post your photos!

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Today is My Birthday


Today is my 33rd birthday!  I’m feeling better than ever, despite having a rough year for my stomach ailments.  Now that I know what’s going on with my stomach, I plan on working on getting myself back to 100% and then really kicking healthy living into gear.  I’d like to run a few 5Ks this year.  Happy birthday to me – I certainly don’t feel 33.

Once you figure out what works for you, you should stick with it.  I stick to a decently healthy, paleo diet…but if I have a weekend of “celebration” with treats and not-so-paleo food, I feel it – and I can see it on the scale!  The weight doesn’t stick around too long, but it isn’t just water weight.  Sugar really does effect us, especially a weekend where you decide to have a few ciders, wine, or gluten free beer.

My stomach is starting to feel better, but I’m really paying attention to what I put into my body.  I’m also making sure that I take my probiotic, B12, and cranberry pills in the morning.  Because of the condition I currently have, and the acid blockers I’m on for 4 weeks, my body has trouble absorbing magnesium and B12.  The cranberry pills help with the magnesium, and I’m also eating at least half a banana every morning to help with that as well.  I was feeling a little light headed the other day and after some research, I figured that that was the problem.  I stopped taking my vitamins in order to rule out things that were bothering my stomach – stopping them didn’t help at all.  I’m still going easy on the amount of stuff I ingest, in order to let the acid blockers work to their full potential!  It’s a lot to take in, but I am making progress, I think.

Anyone have any of their own opinions on aloe vera juice, or perhaps anything that may repair an inflamed esophagus from acid reflux?  Send them my way!

“Some things just get better with age.”

Where have you been?


Friends, I apologize for my absence.  While it’s not easy to maintain a full time job, hobbies, puppies, new nephew, meal prep, AND keep a blog at the same time…I feel bad that I have let you down.

Some updates:

I managed to get 2 A’s in my grad school classes, I had to skip out on the Spring Semester because the program my job has for reimbursement, plus student loan, and how many classes you have to take a semester – all didn’t agree.  Also, my nephew was born February 19!  He’s awesome.

On a more serious note, I’ve been battling a stomach/acid reflux thing again since November.  I was put on meds for a few weeks, but they didn’t resolve my problem.  I then made an appointment with a gastroenterologist – had to wait a few weeks to see him.  Finally got to see him and then he scheduled me for an endoscopy, which I had yesterday.  Went better than expected.  Everything looked good, but I do have a small hiatus hernia with esophagitis.  All of it is treatable – have to really focus on not eating acidic foods, eating 2 to 3 hours before bed, and losing some more weight – just a little.

Anyways, so Easter is coming up.  I’m not really worrying about it being strict Paleo (shhhhh….).  I’m not cooking, but I will be with family.  It’s my nephews first Easter, so I plan on enjoying it.

After my birthday (the 31st), I will try to get back into the swing of blogging.  Stay tuned!

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Winnie the Pooh

Grad School is Paleo


I started Grad School recently, and it has eaten up all my “Paleo” time!  I’m still sticking to Paleo, and I still LOVE cooking!  I will try to post more recipes in between school work and a full time job!

Let me know if there’s anything you want me to discuss in the next post!

“Anything that is unrelated to the elephants is irrelephant.”

NO Sugar.


Been pretty focused on having no sugar at all…3 days, 5 lbs. down.  🙂  Today is day 4 and I’m feeling less of the withdrawals.  I’m feeling less overwhelmed the past 2 weeks or so.  I’ve been cooking a lot.  I used my Nom Nom Paleo book, and revisited some of the recipes that I thought were crazy back when I got it.  They weren’t so crazy this time around.  Also, been working on some of my own recipes, and kicking some serious butt, I might add.  Unfortunately, I slacked on taking photos of my meals.  I’m sorry.  On another note, my garden is doing awesome.  I love having fresh herbs!  Trying to grow some celery, and maybe a few other things.  I’ll keep you posted.

Some meals I made recently, chicken with bacon and mushrooms with heirloom tomatoes and shallots on the side, chicken stir fry, and scallops, little lobster tails from Trader Joe’s, and shrimp over spaghetti squash with garlic butter sauce, and green beans on the side.  I’ll try to remember how I made them, and post it.

Just wanted to leave you with a quick post.  Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

“Sugar?  No thanks.  I’m sweet enough.”

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Paleo Adobo Chicken and Chilis


Adobo Chicken with Spaghetti Squash 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 3 TBSP adobo seasoning (paprika, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano)
  • spaghetti squash
  • 1 TBSP grass fed butter
  • 5 scallions, 2 for garnish, chopped
  • 2 chipotle chilis (I used canned), chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli

Prepare your spaghetti squash (I microwave steam mine).  Heat up 2 TBSP EVOO in a pan, then add chicken.  Season with adobo seasoning.  In a pot, melt 1 TBSP grass fed butter, then add scallions and chipotle chilis.  Let it simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally.  Flip your chicken pieces, and season with more adobo.  When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and add broccoli to the pan and mix up to get the juices.

When the spaghetti squash is done, fork it out into a bowl and add the green onions and chilis and stir.  Pour onto a plate, then add chicken to the top, add scallions for garnish.  Place broccoli on both sides of the pile.  Enjoy!

“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
-Casey Kasem-

Filet Mignon with Mushroom Gravy


Finally!  A new recipe!  Sorry for slacking on you guys…things have been a little less hectic.  How’s everyone doing with their Paleo living?

Filet Mignon with Mushroom Gravy

  • 2 Filet Mignon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Mushroom Gravy

  • 2 TBSP grass-fed butter
  • 3/4 C. Chicken Broth 
  • 3 oz. Coconut Milk or Light Cream (if you’re not Paleo)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 C. sliced mushrooms (I used white, but you can use what you prefer)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

I would start with the gravy, depending on how you like your filet mignon cooked.  Melt the butter in a small pot.  Then put the garlic and onion in the pot, along with the chicken broth.  When that comes to a boil, lower the heat and add the coconut milk/light cream.  Stir in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes or so, then add the sliced mushrooms.  Keep covered and let simmer until your steaks are ready.  If you want it a little bit thicker, in a separate bowl, you can add a TBSP of chicken broth to about a teaspoon of tapioca flour, combine well, then add to gravy.

For the filet mignon, melt butter in a hot pan, and heat up your garlic and onions.  Season both sides of the filet mignon with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and thyme.  Place on the hot pan.  I had thick cuts, so I cooked them about 10 minutes on each side on medium high heat.

Coconut and Toasted Almond Asparagus

  • 1 lb. Asparagus 
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/2 C. sliced almonds

Heat up coconut oil in a frying pan with a lid.  When it’s hot, throw in the almonds to toast them for a few minutes.  Then put your asparagus in.  Cover the pan, and let it cook for a few minutes.  When the asparagus starts to soften and brown on one side, flip them over until they brown a little on the other side.

This was delicious, and relatively easy to make.  You can put the gravy on chicken or burgers, too!

“Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they have.”

Life Gets Busy


I have been so busy getting stuff together for my admission into grad school, I’ve had to put this on hold…I’M SORRY!!

Hope you’re all hanging in there, making paleo awesome!  I heard Mark Texeria was paleo, or rather, “no dairy, no gluten, no sugar.”  He’s looking much more slim and fit now.  Doctor’s had recommended the diet to help calm down the inflammation in his body.  He’s hitting like a champion again, even though he’s out with a stiff neck at the moment.  haha  Here’s an article…check it out.

I will try to post a recipe later on today!

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”