Monday, April 29, 2013

Reader Advice Day: Problems Digesting Raw Food

Greetings Everybody!

I'm working on a post about the lecture that I heard from Dr. Neal Barnard last Wednesday evening about preventing Alzheimer's, but that's not ready yet.

This past weekend my husband, three kids and I took a road trip to New Jersey to visit with my extended family for my mother's 80th and my father's 87th birthdays. We hired a private chef to cook 25 people a combination Vegan and Omnivore meal at my brother's house. It was quite a success in my estimation! I was so not stressed out like I would have been with my 5 and 8 year olds in a restaurant where they would have been miserable after the first ten minutes. Instead, they were out in my brother's back yard playing basketball with all of their cousins and having fun on a playground. It was a dream! And the Vegan options were delicious too.

So today I am here with a very specific question from a reader. She's got major issues with raw foods, and given that fact that raw food is a fundamental part of being Plant-strong and/or a Nutritarian, it's no wonder that she's bummed about it. Here's what Candyce wrote in:

"Hi, Wendy,

I really enjoy your blog, and turn to it often for inspiration and guidance in my transition from vegetarian to no-fat vegan. Two years ago, I had my gallbladder removed, which led to the development of GERD and esophageal/stomach issues.

Since then, I seem to do well with cooked vegetables and fruits but raw fruits and vegetables, especially salad greens and bananas, trigger heartburn, chest, and throat pain. Have you ever encountered this, or have you had any blog readers contact you about this? I am on medication for GERD, but it hasn't helped with raw fruits and veggies. I miss salads, and wish that there were a way to reincorporate them into my diet, especially as we approach the summer months. Any suggestions?

Thank you and best,

Candyce, I feel for you! My mother suffered from acid reflux for so many years and I remember her laying in bed in a lot of pain, a lot of the time.

I would so love to help Candyce, but since I don't know anything much about this condition (and am not a doctor or nutritionist), I'm throwing it out there to you guys. Has anyone heard of this or even suffered from it themselves? Does anyone know how Candyce can get some relief or where she can look for answers? To leave a comment/view the comments, please click on the title of this post (the orange text above).
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