Gastritis and what it really means

Gastritis is the swelling of the inner lining of the stomach. This can occur for many reasons. It's likely caused by a bacteria called H. Pylori, which causes ulcers.

 

Luckily, I have neither. Instead, I am in the process of figuring out what foods are too hard to digest. My "triggers" cause my stomach to overproduce acid which lead to nausea and sometimes vomiting. 

 

 

So far I've learned

Gastritis and what it really means
  1. I'll never be able to eat a pint of ice cream again. (I'm not sure if I've ever actually eaten a pint of ice cream before). I love ice cream so I have to be really cautious not to have it too often or too much. Which basically means instead of getting a "Love it" from Cold Stone's I have to get a kids size. 
  2. Basically, I have to find a healthy balance of all dairy for my body. Some times I can have cheese but not always. I'll probably use this
  3. Foot long subs are a no-go. I'm not sure if it's too much bread or too much meat, but my tummy doesn't like big sandwiches. 
  4. I have to find a new way to judge restaurants. It used to be French fries, but that's no longer a thing. 
  5. Pretty much all of my favorite processed foods have to be extremely limited.

 

 
Gastritis and what it really means

Remember how I said I'm 19 and not having any surgeries? Well I guess that means that even 19 year olds that workout and have fast metabolisms have to watch what they eat.

 

Foods I've started to love

 

Gastritis and what it really means
  1. Chia seeds. Chia seeds are one of the underrated superfoods. I'm just gonna say that and let you do your own research. 
  2. Lean meats. I follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament so I quit eating pork and shellfish (and a few other things) a while ago. Heavy meats like a T-bone steak make my stomach hurt. But I have no problem with fish, lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef. 
  3. Dried Cranberries. Dried fruit in general. They are my favorite thing to snack on when I want something sweet but don't want a stomachache.
  4. Boiled eggs. I've always known eggs were a good source of protein. Growing up, I just wasn't the biggest fan of boiled eggs. 
  5. Oven-baked potatoes. No more French fries but there are so many other ways to enjoy potatoes!
  6. Quinoa. I don't like rice very much so quinoa is my new go-to starch! It's so good and so light! 
  7. Honey. I pretty much used to hate honey. On a scale of sweeteners it was second to Splenda in last place.
  8. Smoothies. Smoothies used to be a good summer treat. I learning now how to enjoy them year-round.
  9. Eggs. Let's talk about my hate for eggs. I had runny scrambled eggs once and swore them off for years. Now they are a staple in my breakfast bowls. 
  10. Peanut butter. Okay I had already loved peanut butter, but I had no clue it was so magical! There are literally hundreds of peanut butter recipes out there. My favorite are peanut butter bites. The recipe can be found on my Pinterest board!

 

 

Your turn

Do you have any food allergies? What are your favorite things to cook? Did I leave anything off of this list?

 

Stay Tuned

Next on the blog I will talk about meal prepping!

Living with Gastritis