“We’ve GOT to start eating healthier.”
This has been our mantra for years. Knowing that our diet is not healthy or even close to the best for us, but still trekking on, never really willing to put in the work required to change it. I know that for myself, I’ve always been pretty lost on how to even start with such major diet changes. I’ve done half-hearted searching, but never really knew where to start, or how to meal plan.
Along came The Acid Watcher Diet by Dr. Jonathan Aviv. What caught my eye first was the description:
“Do you suffer from abdominal bloating; a chronic, nagging cough or sore throat; postnasal drip; a feeling of a lump in the back of your throat; allergies; or shortness of breath?
If so, odds are that you are experiencing acid reflux without recognizing its silent symptoms, which can lead to serious long-term health problems, including esophageal cancer.”
Out of those seven symptoms, I’ve been experiencing 3 of them regularly for about 4 years. Once I got the book, I was immediately drawn in. The book content is very analytical, but written in a way that makes it fun to read. Dr. Aviv covers the issues and prescription in depth through the book. Dietary acid damage; the ways our regular diet can have a profound and negative impact by causing inflammation and acid reflux, understanding how food elements help or hinder your body’s acid control, and a 28 day plan for reducing acid damage and beginning a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable.
For the first time in my life, I was eager to get through the book and start the diet. This was the first time I’d read diet recipes and been excited to try them because they sounded so good! It shouldn’t even be called a diet, really, because that implies a short sprint of drastic food changes that ultimately ends in returning to exactly how you were eating previously.
This “diet” is more like a slight menu change, cutting out most processed foods, but retaining many of the staples (though opting for more holistic versions, such as whole grain bread in place of white).
Not only does he list the approved foods in entirety, but he provides recipes and a full 2 week meal plan, that can be modified with any combination of approved foods. We purchased our first week’s groceries this past Sunday, and it seemed 90% of our cart was green. It felt healthy just looking at it!
We’re just 3 days into the diet, and I’m finding it mostly enjoyable. The diet requires 3 full meals daily as well as a midmorning and midafternoon snack. This is especially helpful for me, since I tend to go hours and hours without eating because I just don’t want to cook, or haven’t thought far enough in advance and don’t know what to make. With the meal plan, I can see exactly what I need to prepare for us to eat, and make plans to cook it the night before if I need to.
It feels like the most difficult part has been done for me, which is giving me a starting point. I’d always had trouble with that before. Now, it feels like maintaining a healthy diet will be almost simple.
I’m very interested to see what effect the diet may have on my postnasal drip, cough, and allergies which all may very well be symptoms of acid reflux. All in all, it is a very well-written and informative book that is soon becoming the cornerstone in my family’s new healthful diet.