After overdoing it at training on Thursday night, I was taking it really easy on Friday. I slept well and breakfast went down fine, but I had quite bad indigestion after lunch and throughout the afternoon.
Indigestion is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the stomach and under the ribs. The main symptom is heartburn but can also include feeling sick, uncomfortably full or bloated, and belching/passing wind. Unfortunately, I was experiencing all of the above! Usually indigestion is caused by either an over abundance of stomach acid, or the stomach acid moving up into the oesophagus. Remember, stomach acid is used to digest food rich in protein, like meat. As the stomach is made of muscle, it is made of proteins. Normally the stomach is protected by a layer of mucous, but if too much acid is produced it can irritate the stomach.
The recommended remedy is usually antacids, however, what you eat can also help with indigestion. Some people find caffeine, alcohol, and spicy or fatty foods make their indigestion worse, while the classic home remedy is a glass of milk. I’ve found that bland starchy carbohydrates also make me feel better as the carbohydrates help to absorb the excess acid. In my case, I discovered this after a couple of short experiments with high fat, low carbohydrate diets. Apparently I have a naturally quite acidic stomach and I found the high fat, high protein diet gave me serious indigestion. I also gave up dairy at the same time, so there really was nothing to neutralise the acid while the higher protein intake encouraged my body to make more.
So, after sipping a glass of apple juice to test whether I was really going to be sick or not, I then spend the rest of Friday afternoon and evening snacking on a variety of carbohydrates. Special mention and a big thank you goes to my husband who made the perfect savoury risotto for my dinner. Settled my stomach and was delicious as usual!
The Score for 24 March:
|Calories burned through exercise:||0|
What I ate:
|07:30||Centrum Multivitamin, Vitamin E 400IU, Vitamin D 25 µg|
|Soft boiled eggs, 2 large||115g||150||14.49||0.00||0.00||0.00||10.35||2.88||0.00|
|Free From pure oats||50g||171||6.40||30.30||0.60||4.30||2.70||0.50||0.00|
|made with boiling water||250mL||0||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Tesco mixed frozen fruits||100g||40||0.90||7.90||7.90||2.00||0.20||0.00||0.00|
|12:00||King Prawn stir fry with carrots, broccoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, ginger and sweet chilli sauce||285g||157||20.91||21.25||11.36||3.32||1.01||0.44||0.00|
|Wai Wai brown rice vermicelli||50g||186||3.40||42.10||0.00||0.95||0.40||0.15||0.00|
|Yoomoo frozen yoghurt ice lolly, mixed berry||1 lolly||74||1.60||14.70||10.70||0.30||0.80||0.50||0.00|
|Yakult light milk drink||65mL||27||0.80||8.80||2.90||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|14:30||Tesco pressed apple juice||200mL||98||0.60||22.40||22.40||1.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|16:00||Tesco Twists cheese and onion||80g||322||7.92||55.44||2.64||4.48||6.64||1.04||0.00|
|Nairns gluten free wholegrain crackers||28g||128||2.97||16.49||0.50||2.13||4.70||1.85||0.00|
|with SunPat crunchy peanut butter||31g||183||7.40||4.40||2.00||2.20||14.60||2.80||0.00|
|20:00||Homemade chicken and mushroom risotto||327g||352||35.00||38.95||3.85||1.70||5.96||0.85||0.00|
|Tesco Parmigiano Reggiano||3g||12||0.97||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.89||0.59||0.00|