Sunday, February 28, 2010

Yes, We Have No Bananas

If I had any doubt that sugary or starchy carbs give me acid reflux, my experience yesterday removed them. I felt fine except when I ate high-glycemic foods. I ate some lentil salad, berries and oat bran in the morning and got acid reflux. I ate about 10 blackberries last night and got acid reflux. The rest of the time, the only carbs I ate were cabbage and cauliflower--two supposedly gassy foods that didn't give me gas or reflux. Dr. Robillard is right about high glycemic foods causing reflux, and I can't wait for his book, Heartburn Cured, to arrive.

Yesterday, Day 2 of my low-carb experiment, started with a workout I couldn't finish: I didn't have the energy. But after I showered and got dressed, all those Saturday chores--shopping, sorting papers, mopping the floor, clearing out clutter, putting away laundry--got done easily. I normally hate, dread, and often put off those chores. I noticed the same thing the day before: I was flying through my work. Last night, though, I didn't feel like going to the Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, a dance weekend that attracts balboa enthusiasts from all over the country. I stopped to wonder why and realized that I wasn't tired or depressed, I just missed my sugar high.

I danced from 8:30 until 11:50 (with some breaks to watch dance competitions) and left because I was sleepy and one of my knees hurt slightly. I wasn't even close to being exhausted, even though all I'd eaten for six hours was 10 blackberries and some nuts.

What awful reflux those blackberries gave me! (Bouncing up and down with my balboa partners probably didn't help.) My throat got stiff and contracted, it burned, and it was hard to speak. As soon as I got home, I drank a solution of baking soda and my throat was instantly back to normal.


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