By Jasmine Jesri,
Torrance Memorial Dietetic Intern and Cowritten by Dani Rodriguez-Brindicci, MS, RDN
Director of Clinical Nutrition
National Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week takes place
November 21-27, just around the corner of the Thanksgiving holiday. GERD
is a digestive disorder involving stomach acids, food, and fluids to flow
back into the esophagus, often triggered by certain foods consumed. Heartburn
is the most common symptom, but they may also experience bad breath, coughing,
abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
Nutrition therapy makes sure that the food you eat will improve your health
and help control your symptoms. It is recommended that a trial of limiting
or eliminating certain foods may reduce the symptoms of GERD. Reporting
symptoms to your doctor and working with a registered dietitian nutritionist
can help guide you to find the best prevention and treatment strategies.
Here are a few lifestyle tips that might help relieve some of the symptoms
you may experience:
- Exercise at least three or four times each week.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Do not smoke.
- Raise the head of your bed 6 to 9 inches. You can put a foam wedge under
the top part of the mattress or prop up the legs on the head of the bed
with wooden blocks. (Stacking pillows is not effective.)
- Wait 3 hours after eating before lying down.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day.
- Eat in a calm, relaxed place. Sit down while you eat.
Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving essential and should have its place
on the table. However, typical green bean casserole recipes may cause
acid reflux (heartburn), abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting for individuals
with GERD. These symptoms may be triggered by the consumption of fried
food, fatty food, or spicy food.
Typical green bean casserole recipes may include aggravating ingredients
such as fried onions, garlic cloves, soy sauce, butter, and dairy products
(milk, condensed milk, creamy soup, and/or cheddar cheese). Minor modifications
can help prevent these symptoms, including substituting fried onions with
crumbled cornbread, whole milk with fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk,
cheddar cheese with low-fat cheddar cheese, and whole cream soups with
reduced-fat cream soups. These simple changes can help keep Thanksgiving
favorites on the family dinner table!
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Makes 4 servings/ 5 min prep, cook time 25 mins
- 2 cups frozen (partially thawed), fresh or canned green beans
- 1 (10-3/4 ounce) can of reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup water
- 1/2-1 cup of crumbled bread corn
- 1-1/2 diced chicken or diced turkey
- 1/4 cup non-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large skillet, mix the mushroom soup and water together, and add green
beans, and diced chicken or turkey.
- Cover and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until chicken or
turkey is nice and tender (about 13 to 15 minutes).
- Lower heat to simmer and add sour cream, cheddar cheese, and seasonings.
Mix well and simmer for 5 to 6 more minutes until cheese is melted.
- Transfer ingredients from the skillet into a baking sheet and add the crumbled
breadcorn on top.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 mins. Enjoy!
Nutritional information (1 cup per serving): Calories 241, Sodium 419mg, Sat fat 5g
Torrance Memorial Medical Center supports raising awareness about
#GERD Awareness Week - November 21-27, 2021. Experiencing acid reflux or heartburn once in
a while may be okay, but if these symptoms impact your daily life at least
twice per week, it could be a sign of GERD which is a more serious chronic
digestive disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases, GERD impacts at least 1 in 5 American adults,
and when left untreated it can lead to a precancerous condition.
James Sattler, MD is ready to help. Dr. Sattler told us that “GERD is a spectrum disease
impacting the quality of life of many people in our community and around
the world. If you are one of those people, we can evaluate you to find
a solution that is right for you – whether it’s lifestyle
modifications, medication management, or other interventions like the
TIF procedure for reflux, we offer help right here in your backyard and
look forward to helping you get back to being you.” To schedule
an appointment, please contact us:
James Sattler, MD
If you have questions or are interested in learning more techniques to
help build a healthy and nutritious lifestyle, contact one of our Registered
Dietitian Nutritionists at the Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Office
or our Diabetes Self-Management Program located in the Torrance Memorial
Specialty Center, 2841 Lomita Blvd., Suite 335, Torrance. Call 310-891-6707.