Lunch ideas for those with acid reflux

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Today we have a question from a reader concerning a specific type of acid reflux.

Question: I've recently been told that I have LRD, a type of acid reflux. I'm supposed to avoid coffee, tomatoes, spicy foods, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, mints, etc. I'm trying to be good, but I'm having a hard time coming up with easy-to-make packable lunch options to bring to work. I'm not much of a cook, and I'd rather not have to go out for fast food (which doesn't offer a lot of options, either). Any ideas?

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a form of acid reflux where the banded muscle between the esophagus and stomach allows acid back into the esophagus, irritating the larynx and voice box. Some of the symptoms people with LPR may experience include throat irritation and mucous buildup, hoarseness, coughing, and heartburn.

Like most forms of acid reflux, it is recommended to limit caffeinated beverages, acidic, and fatty foods.  Because of the mucous buildup experienced with LPR, it is also recommended that people limit their consumption of dairy foods as these may produce further mucous.

Here are some healthy lunch ideas that should meet the restrictions to help improve your symptoms of LPR:

Broth based soups with whole-grain crackers or bread
• Salad with mixed greens, vegetables, lean meats or beans, and lowfat dressing (do not use vinegar)
• Healthy Choice® or Lean Cuisine® frozen meals that do not contain tomato sauce
• Whole grain crackers with hummus or natural peanut butter
• Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ with natural peanut butter or light cream cheese
• Apple with natural peanut butter
• Sandwiches on whole grain bread with lean lunchmeat, tuna or egg salad made with lowfat mayonnaise, or natural peanut butter
• To add variety to your sandwiches, experiment with products like Arnold Select Sandwich Thins®, Flatout® Bread, and low-carb pitas
• Dinner leftovers with a meat, healthy starch, and vegetable combination
Non-citrus fruits – apple, banana, pear, melon, cherries, berries
Vegetables – fresh or cookedWater or flavored waters with little or no calories

Thank you to those who sent in their questions. This week I will be answering 2 of the questions I received. Keep those questions coming!

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