I am feeling good! Despite having a minor procedure today (removal of that sebaceous cyst), I am thrilled to be focused and completing projects and feeling, overall, pretty normal GI-wise. It is interesting to note I also have not been grinding my teeth the past few days. Less stress equals a happy gut?!
After reincorporating caffeine (tea and chocolate) and other GERD diet triggers, I feel okay, with one exception: an increase in belching. This occurs during or after eating, so I suspect I may be eating too fast, or eating too much.
I greatly enjoyed my morning cups of green tea the past days but have to admit now, after my GERD diet detox:
My body feels different.
Since recent tea and chocolate did not "trigger" symptoms, I think the healthfulness I am feeling is related to a mindfulness and level of movement I embraced this past week.
I avoided gratuitous chocolate snacks, I drank a lot more water, and I really thought about my body and how it was feeling. Focused on it. And I cleared my head of tiresome nagging chores during my days off -- it was liberating to haul those sacks of books to the Salvation Army, clean the stove down to the knobs, and scour the shower.
I greatly increased my movement: first with an extreme 14 mile bike ride, but then I walked extra blocks, took the stairs after lunch, added a new set of morning exercises and stretches to my routine. This level of mindfulness and movement is something I would like to continue.
P.S. Blog finds: Check out this gem of a well-written blog. And then check this stunning berry layer cake -- breathtaking photo, cake, concept. (I'll bet someone I know could veganize that…)