The re-flux of the matter

This post is based on personal observations and understanding. As with any diet regime, obtain professional advice and guidance.

I have spent the majority of the morning compiling a spreadsheet of the basic foods we eat and their acidity.
Hubby’s research on the internet has determined that much of his reflux issue is to do with acidity, so to help him out, I made a list of what we have and found a pretty good site which gave the acidity value range of the majority.

This is what I worked from (source), though I would have thought that the higher the figure, the more acid, but apparently in this instance this is not the case.

Food Acidity ranges
Acidity Description
0 to 3.6 Very acid – very bad for heartburn
3.6 to 4.5 Mildly acid – may or may not cause heartburn
4.5 or higher Not acid – most probably won’t cause heartburn

Whilst it doesn’t cover everything, there was enough to give me an idea of how I can help him by what I prepare for us in the kitchen.
According to the doctor he saw in the Urgent Care Centre yesterday (our surgery is using the bad weather as an excuse not to give appointments), we are doing the right things in him eating smaller portions, having his main meal in the middle of the day and a snack at tea time, interspersed with bland foods like plain biscuits or fruit. Also nothing to eat or caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee  two hours before bedtime is also a good plan of attack.
There is a lot of money in the Diet Business, and we all know that one will recommend one thing whereas on another they should be avoided. We also know of the Five A Day suggestions, but did you realise that, according to my diabetes nurse, that equates to five different things of fruit and veg, not five apples/bananas/carrots.
Again, it all comes down to variety as well as quantity, coupled with we are all individuals and what works for us doesn’t always work for our partners.
Hubby and I hadn’t been married very long when he ended up in hospital with severe stomach problems. I jokingly told the doctor that I wasn’t trying to poison him with my cooking, and the doc said that actually I was, as his stomach couldn’t handle ‘proper food’ with fresh fruit and veg after years of catering for himself, and I would have to ‘break him in’ gently.
After that, he checked the life insurance policy and was very careful not to eat mushrooms he hadn’t purchased himself.

I take food very seriously, and not just covered in mayo or topped with sauces or cheese.
I have been most anxious recently that what is supposedly good for me is actually terrible for him, so we have to find a compromise, else we shall be having His and Hers shopping lists, cupboards, shelves in the fridge and drawers in the freezer.

To be honest, it has been a pretty good exercise, as all veg has been in the higher bracket, apart from tomatoes which are in the middle with a range of 4.3 to 4.9.
Fruit is a killer though, as the stuff we both like is definitely good for me but bad for him apart from bananas and melon.
Bread, milk, cereals, pasta, rice and surprisingly cheddar cheese all get ticks as ‘can haves’ too, so all is not grim or lost.

Now that I have a point of reference, I can plan accordingly, and although the situation isn’t going to resolve itself overnight, at least it’s a start.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to The re-flux of the matter

  1. I get it occasionally and it’s almost always caused by cooked tomato sauces as in spaghetti sauce or anything with cooked tomatoes. Raw ones don’t bother me as much. There are other things but they don’t cause it all the time, just sometimes. Fortunately I can take simple meds that help me with the occasional bout. Sounds like your hubby has it seriously. Good luck. There is nothing worse than cooking two different meals.

    • He’s on meds twice a day for this, so we shall see how it goes. He had turkey and rice for dinner, I had a pasta salad, so only one lot of cooking. It’s a shame about the tomatoes though as I make chillis, spag bols and lasagne (when I had a cooker I could use!), and my tomato pasta has had to bite the dust.

  2. colinandray says:

    You may wish to monitor his resting position after he has eaten. I believe that relaxing on the sofa (i.e. not sitting upright), will encourage the naturally occurring digestive acids to backup a little which can cause discomfort. Just a thought. 🙂

    • Hi Colin, thanks. Yes, we’ve already covered that and sometimes go for a walk shortly after our last meal to get the digestive juices going. He’s also sleeping more or less upright having purchased one of those triangular pillows which has helped. It’s yet another balancing act in the land of Hubby I’m afraid but we’ll get there. 🙂

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