Barrett’s esophagus-friendly diet

Posted by riflemanz64 @riflemanz64, Mon, Aug 5 4:01pm

Could one of the moderators put in a suggestion to a GI doc to put together a Barrett’s esophagus friendly diet we could download or print off this site? It sure would be nice! Thanks

@graceandpeace

@contentandwell I am so glad to hear that about your BE! Mine hardly bother's me anymore as well, but that's just bc I've been on 2 restrictive diets for so long for the IC and IBS that I don't have problems anymore with it, for the most part. Not only has a lot less food and food portioning helped, but just being off of almost all acidic food/drink/ingredients hav been the most helpful. I was never able to stay on the Omeprazole for more than a few days bc it aggrivated my IBS-C . It did help my mom at the beginning of her's, but eventually it started coming back to where her GI was talking about surgery. So, like I had mentioned to @riflemanz64 , I bought her this book, and, so far, it's done wonders for her!

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@graceandpeace The bad part about nothing appearing to bother me is that maybe it is actually causing a negative effect on my esophagus. Frankly I have not adhered to low-acid as well I should. I would love to get off omeprazole though.
JK

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@contentandwell

@graceandpeace The bad part about nothing appearing to bother me is that maybe it is actually causing a negative effect on my esophagus. Frankly I have not adhered to low-acid as well I should. I would love to get off omeprazole though.
JK

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I understand your concern. My mom was able to get off of the Omeprazole after she changed her diet, but then had to go back on it when she started eating problematic foods again. That book I mentioned has really helped her, though, one, just bc it's very informative and educational, and second, bc of the 28-day elimination plan it puts you on. And, she's not on omeprazole or anything else now. So, I think the book speaks for itself. Maybe you can just get the book, since it's not that expensive, to at least skim through it, and then take it from there. As I'm sure you already know, since prolonged acid can go undetected sometimes and cause damage and cancer to the esophagus, it might be worth the time to look into it. But, either way you decide to go for now, I wish you well, and will be praying for good results on your upcoming Endo!

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@graceandpeace

I understand your concern. My mom was able to get off of the Omeprazole after she changed her diet, but then had to go back on it when she started eating problematic foods again. That book I mentioned has really helped her, though, one, just bc it's very informative and educational, and second, bc of the 28-day elimination plan it puts you on. And, she's not on omeprazole or anything else now. So, I think the book speaks for itself. Maybe you can just get the book, since it's not that expensive, to at least skim through it, and then take it from there. As I'm sure you already know, since prolonged acid can go undetected sometimes and cause damage and cancer to the esophagus, it might be worth the time to look into it. But, either way you decide to go for now, I wish you well, and will be praying for good results on your upcoming Endo!

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@graceandpeace Thank you. I know I have not been a good patient in this but I have so many restrictions for various reasons that I have been resistant to adding more. I do try to keep my coffee acid low. I bought the healthy coffee on Amazon that someone suggested. When I don't have that I drink dark roast since that is lower in acid.
I don't eat many tomatoes or citrus but I do eat a lot of salads and they, of course, have vinegar in them.
JK

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I did 1 day delivery for my book and can't wait to get it!

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@contentandwell

@graceandpeace Thank you. I know I have not been a good patient in this but I have so many restrictions for various reasons that I have been resistant to adding more. I do try to keep my coffee acid low. I bought the healthy coffee on Amazon that someone suggested. When I don't have that I drink dark roast since that is lower in acid.
I don't eat many tomatoes or citrus but I do eat a lot of salads and they, of course, have vinegar in them.
JK

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I can definitely sympathize with you there….. adding just one more restrictive plan, or medicine, or Dr visit/procedure can really weigh any person down. Which coffee is it that you get off of Amazon? I recently ordered some from a company called Lifeboost that I had heard about, but it's still sitting in my coffee pantry, unopened, bc I'm a big chicken and afraid to try it. You have to understand, I've been off of it (and everything else acidic) for almost 2 years now, so, even if it is low acid, my body – in particular- my bladder, may go into shock. But, I know I need to at least try it, a little at a time.

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@riflemanz64

I did 1 day delivery for my book and can't wait to get it!

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Yay!! I love it; that's great!! Keep me posted on how it goes and how you're doing 🤗

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The coffee is healthwise with a ph of 6.18.

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@riflemanz64

The coffee is healthwise with a ph of 6.18.

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Thank you!

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If you buy that coffee remember that you only need 3 talblespoons for a 10 cup pot like on my bunn coffee maker.

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Thank you! That will be good to know!!

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@contentandwell

@graceandpeace The bad part about nothing appearing to bother me is that maybe it is actually causing a negative effect on my esophagus. Frankly I have not adhered to low-acid as well I should. I would love to get off omeprazole though.
JK

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I am new to this discussion. Actually, I have never posted on any site BUT I was diagnosed with BE last November and I have been so scared. I got my letter in the mail to schedule my follow up (1 year) endoscope and it triggered me to go online again and read so I decided maybe I could get a little relief by joining this group. I can relate to not having warning signs of heartburn.

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@riflemanz64

If you buy that coffee remember that you only need 3 talblespoons for a 10 cup pot like on my bunn coffee maker.

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@riflemanz64 I purchased the pods for my Keurig, so I presume they must be equivalent.
JK

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@maxsproudmom

I am new to this discussion. Actually, I have never posted on any site BUT I was diagnosed with BE last November and I have been so scared. I got my letter in the mail to schedule my follow up (1 year) endoscope and it triggered me to go online again and read so I decided maybe I could get a little relief by joining this group. I can relate to not having warning signs of heartburn.

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Hi, @maxsproudmom and welcome to Connect. What led to your BE diagnosis? My only symptom was hoarseness. I think the restrictions vary depending on how severe your BE is.
I hope you are able to learn more about BE and contribute also. My endoscopy is in the beginning of September and I must admit, I too am a little worried about it. I will post after I discuss it with my endo which won’t be until September 30.
JK

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@contentandwell

@graceandpeace I think I’m a real anomaly. My BE never seems bothered by any food, the only sign of it that I have ever had is hoarseness! That was the first indication. The omeprazole has kept that in check for a long time and my endoscopes have been good but I am getting a little hoarse recently so I am a bit anxious for my endoscopy scheduled in September.

If my endoscopy indicates I need to be more cautious, I will buy that book. Thanks for the info.
JK

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I just started getting hoarse too but I do every August. Hoping just allergies since this happens every year at the same time. I get really nervous about food causing more damage. When you don't get heartburn it is hard to tell. The nurse where I was seen seemed frustrated when I asked questions regarding foods to eat. I was actually trying to gain weight before I was diagnosed now I don't know of foods that are safe to eat but also have calories. I worry because I was told to eat fruits and vegetables but all fruit except for melons and bananas seem to be acidic. Strangely, the only thing that made me feel like throwing up was watermelon. But fruits and vegis are supposed to help prevent cancer so I feel like I should be eating them but on the other hand I am worried about the acid. I sometimes cheat a little but sometimes I am so hungry I give up. I have not had pop except once at Christmas and no red meat Anyone know of some foods that have a higher calorie count. I do get vanilla cones from McDonald's a lot but I don't know what to eat except chicken,99 ff ground turkey and vegis and oatmeal. I use sugar on my oatmeal and grape nuts… is that bad? Occasionally, I have cappuccino. I know that is bad. Sorry, but I am so worried about this stuff. I am so afraid of this turning to the big C or even LGD that sometimes I have trouble thinking straight.

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@contentandwell

Hi, @maxsproudmom and welcome to Connect. What led to your BE diagnosis? My only symptom was hoarseness. I think the restrictions vary depending on how severe your BE is.
I hope you are able to learn more about BE and contribute also. My endoscopy is in the beginning of September and I must admit, I too am a little worried about it. I will post after I discuss it with my endo which won’t be until September 30.
JK

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I was worried because I had lost some weight so I was doing a bunch of testing. I brought up having an endoscope because I was having quite a bit of nausea but I was also eating like 3500 calories a day to try to gain weight. Not good for acid reflux which I did not know I have. I have had throat clearing issues for years and I still do have throat clearing issues but no more nausea except I had to throw up after watermelon for some reason. I know I have short segment BE and there is no dysplasia but I have read so many different things regarding BE that I get confused. I got a second opinion last year at our university and he says he could not see BE but in my city the first endo took biopsies and confirmed it. Slides were sent to the University and he did confirm with the university pathologist that there was BE but he still questions if I do or don't have it. He said it should be viewable as well by the endo and he did not see it. I don't know if he thinks the biopsy was taken from the wrong area or what

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