|18th Century remedy for heartburn -- Colonial Tums|
I've been away from Cranky Gerd for a few weeks and, literally, away -- on a two-week road trip from NYC to Orlando and back. What an adventure! Aside from experiencing this part of the country first-hand, and getting into a state of mind only achieved by going "on the road" for an extended period, I was constantly confronted with my guts and dietary issues. Being a vegetarian (near vegan) while traveling in the South is not an easy task. Having only a limited time in each place while traveling with a group (my family) was even more challenging. Had I been traveling on my own, I could have planned entire afternoons around getting to "that great vegetarian place" across town, but I needed to accommodate the other dietary issues in my party, as well as time restrictions (this was a fast vacation!), so I made due with what was immediately available.
For the next few blog entries, I'll reconstruct parts of the trip and how I navigated my GERD (and veg diet) -- often successfully, but sometimes not. The first leg of the trip was a short 2-day stay in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. I had decided at the onset to eat eggs and dairy products if nothing else was available or I if I felt protein/nutrient deprived. I vowed to seek "pastured" eggs when possible. I'm not thrilled by my choice to eat outside my comfort zone when I did out of laziness or hunger or even temptation.
In the end, I did okay overall, returning the same weight as I left, slightly less toned but much less stressed. I realize now I did not have the chronic "food in throat" feeling during my trip. The times I had reflux or bloating were directly related to my eating too much food, or too much rich food. Here is a summary from a GERD point of view.
FIRST STOP: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, VA
|One of the best breakfasts on the trip -- The Trellis restaurant's grits and eggs.|
The next morning, J. and I treated ourselves to breakfast at The Trellis, a "farm to table" restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg's "marketplace." The portion was perfect and the quality amazing. I ordered grits with two over-hard fried eggs. I prefer fried eggs when eating out, as I don't care for most of the scrambled style, and there is a danger they will add milk or cream, making the result too "heavy" -- a tip I learned from a dairy-intolerant friend (Thanks, A.!). Omelets are out of the question due to their size, unless I split one. And, I just like fried eggs! I enjoyed every bit of this breakfast, and did not feel any GERD symptoms.
|Ploughman's lunch in Williamsburg -- bread and herbed cheese.|
Note: The Colonial foods prepared on site were fascinating -- most were lightly seasoned with just a few herbs, salt and pepper, involved seasonal items (of course), and the occasional game. GERD-friendly? Probably! I did not sample this Colonial fare shown below -- boiled vegetables (leeks, squash, potato) with rabbit:
|Colonial food in preparation on site.|
|More Colonial foods…|