A food blog with tasty, feel-good recipes

made especially for those with acid-reflux.


colorful food bowl full of spinach, salmon, mushrooms, and an avocado shaped into a rose with a vibrant green background


Hi there, I’m Chaunté! I’m the writer/recipe developer here at The GERD Chef.


woman holding mason jar filled with a mango smoothie



I’m here to share healthy and tasty meals created for those who suffer from symptoms of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (aka GERD). My hope is for others who experience chronic reflux (or just tummy troubles in general) to have access to an abundance of recipes & meal inspiration. Of course, my recipes are not JUST for people who have acid reflux, but also for anyone who wants to live a heathier lifestyle.



My Story


I’ve had symptoms of acid reflux since childhood (of course, I was unaware it was GERD at the time), but I wasn’t officially diagnosed until after having my daughter. Around that time, I was having issues with my food getting stuck while trying to swallow, along with unrelenting nausea, coughing, irritability because I felt miserable, dental issues, etc). I had no idea why this was happening and felt lost when I was given little instruction by my doctor on how to manage my symptoms.



I decided to take Zantac, an H2 blocker, that blocks histamine receptors, reducing the production of acid. This provided a little symptom relief, but it was more of a bandaid than anything. It wasn’t until November of 2016 that I decided to dig deep to find out what the root cause(s) of my symptoms were; it was time to make some changes to my diet and lifestyle.



Here is what has helped me over time:

  • limiting foods that ferment in the stomach and that are hard to digest
  • being more aware of how I’m eating, how much, and when
  • implementing practices that help improve gut health
  • learning to manage stress/anxiety


Check out my Top Tips for People with GERD post to learn more about how I’m healing.



To track my progress while healing, I decided to make an Instagram page, @thegerdchef, (which originally started off as my food diary/log). This was a way for me to not only hold myself accountable with these new changes, but hopefully help others who might be facing the same challenges. The page started growing into an amazing community of GERD sufferers who can share in both the difficulties and triumphs of healing. Eventually, I created a food blog, so that readers could easily search for and access recipes.



Family photo of a dark haired female, a male with a hat and facial hair, and a little girl with light brown hair with a fall background



A few random facts about me:


  • I was born & raised in Idaho
  • My interests include creating recipes, hiking, camping, yoga, and DIY projects
  • Favorite movies: Star Wars (the classic trilogy and Rogue One are my all-time faves) and The Princess Bride
  • List-making is my jam
  • I have Celiac Disease and food allergies (also a food allergy mom). Because of that, all of the recipes on The GERD Chef are gluten, dairy, and soy free!
  • I’m married to my high school sweetheart who also happens to be the official taste tester  and #1 supporter of this page. Plus, he’s completely wrapped around this little one’s finger.



a little girl running and dancing in the rain on a driveway


Let’s get to know eachother! Leave a comment below and share a random fact or two about yourself!




Disclaimers: I am not a doctor and this post is not to be used as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a doctor before starting a new diet or taking any new dietary supplements.

24 thoughts on “About”

  • Thank you for posting beautiful recipes & photos! I have celiac
    also lactose intolerant with some type of cheese & regular milk.
    Please continue posting your recipes-love them??!!

  • Hi! April shared this on FB – I am a GERD sufferer….had a hiatal hernia repair surgery about 5 years ago, lately having heartburn issues again. Not a fan of the anti-acid meds just masking symptoms. Also, developed an egg allergy after the surgery, so have had to reflect on diet and eating habits. Really excited to start following your blog and recipes!

    • Thanks for your comment, Julie! I’m with you there on not being a fan of acid-reducers. I’m thankful for them initially while my body heals, but I don’t want to have to rely on them just so they can partially cover up symptoms. I hope that you can find inspiration from this page while healing!

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to create this page! I was just diagnosed with LPR and I’m trying so hard to find recipes everyone in my family will enjoy.

  • Hi, I just got my GERD diagnosis on Friday, yet I was already following you, and now I am even more glad to have these recipes – because they’re also allergy free, along with your insightful comments! Do all doctors just hand you a script and tell you to come back in 30-days?! lol… this sight is helping me so much! Thank you! You are a beautiful person and a beautiful family!

    • Hi Amy!

      Your comment seriously made my day! I’m SO happy to hear that you are enjoying the site. My doctor pretty said the same thing, minus mentioning a follow-up or weaning off of the medication eventually. Thankfully there is hope for healing with diet change and lots of us that are healing to support each other. Thank you for your sweet words and your support – can’t wait to share new recipes and more soon!

  • Hi Amy!

    Thank you for sharing your story. I myself am currently struggling with LPR/Gerd. I have visited many different doctors and have not had any improvements. Until now I just recently found out I’m lactose intolerant and possibly have a parasitic infection. I’m debating whether medications will be good or not. I’m curious to know how your healing process was like?

  • I was just diagnosed with LPR this past Thursday. Your food recipes are for GERD which is not quite the same as LPR! Are these recipes good for LPR sufferers also? I have Crohn’s Disease and I am lactose intolerant.

    • Hi Catherine!

      I had LPR symptoms as well, so my recipes are created with GERD/LPR sufferers in mind (I use The Fast Tract Diet as a guideline). That being said, what foods one can tolerate may vary, as our bodies are unique. For example, some people do okay with lemon juice in recipes, while others may have to wait until healing has progressed before introducing it. It can be helpful to keep a food journal to jot down foods that you notice triggering symptoms. If lemon juice does bother you and you see it in a recipe, simply omit and adapt that recipe to suit your needs.

      I hope you can find some recipe inspiration here! 🙂

  • I have LPR. With help from my doctor and books by dr. Kaufman, I’ve been able to get to a point where I am not coughing all the time but it sucks! I am only 33 and dont want to have to live like this the rest of my life. None of my friends really understand either. I am so thankful to find your blog while researching for tomato free pasta sauce!

    • Hi Amanda,

      Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to comment! LPR is SO tough, so I’m glad you’ve found a some relief with the coughing using the Dropping Acid Diet. It can be discouraging for sure, I empathize with you on that. Honestly, the only people I talk with who “get it” are people I engage with on here. Just know you definitely aren’t alone. Also, if you ever feel like eating low acid isn’t cutting it, Fast Tract Diet may be worth considering 🙂 It helped reduce my bloating and pressure on my esophagus immensely. Wishing you the best in healing and hope you enjoy the pasta sauce!

  • Hi Chaunte! I found your recipe for turmeric rice (I had no idea jasmine was the most easily digested!) which then snowballed into me falling in love with your site! I can’t wait to try your recipes! Making the rice tonight 🙂 I am 32 and have been living with GERD my whole life (plus related GI & dental issues), and have finally come to a point where I realize that I have to be much stricter with my diet if I want to reduce my chances for worse problems developing. Your recipes are going to be so helpful! Much love to you and your family!

    • Hi Caroline,

      Thank you SO much for taking the time to try out the turmeric-coconut rice recipe and also for just stopping by my blog! Your kind words are appreciated so much. I can relate to a lot of what you shared and my heart goes out to you! I hope you enjoyed the rice and I’m looking forward to sharing more tasty recipes with you 🙂

  • I have recently been experiencing issues with GERD due to a bacterial infection that caused Gastritis , I feel completely overwhelmed with all of the dietary information as it’s so conflicting I am in the healing process just now and trying to stick to a bland diet , your blog gives me hope that I can return to some natural delicious food as I have never had any reflux issues before this infection so it’s a whole new world for me . Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes look forward to trying them . I may also look into the fast track diet book for info too ,

  • Hi! I’m obsessed with your blog, thank you for sharing!!
    I was recently diagnosed with GERD and I’m finding it so hard to accept and make changes.
    But I’m so happy I ended up here!
    Take care

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *