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About

 

A food blog with simple & tasty 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 for anyone who wants to live a more healthy lifestyle.

 

My Story

 

I’ve had symptoms of acid reflux for as long as I can remember, but 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.

 

After being prescribed a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) by the doctor who diagnosed me, I was hesitant to take it after reading about the side affects. I decided to opt for a less powerful acid-reducer, which provided a little relief, but was more of a bandaid for my symptoms than anything. It wasn’t until November of 2016 that I decided to turn things around by making some major changes to my diet and lifestyle.

 

This included:

  • 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

 

Random facts about me:

  • I was born & raised in Boise, Idaho and love my beautiful, potatoey state 😉
  • My interests include EATING, recipe development, hiking, DIY projects, Grey’s Anatomy & kickin’ it with my little fam
  • I’ll never get tired of rewatching all of the seasons of The Office (I stopped keeping track after the 12th time through…)
  • 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, egg, and soy free!
  • I’m married to my high school sweetheart who also happens to be my #1 taste tester + 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.


11 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?

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