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Posted by: sunflower | 2005/07/01

diet for ulcers - no late night eating?

dear diet doc

does the fact that i have two unlcers now and now only one anymore mean that i should not be eating late? what is the ideal time for me to eat and does it mean i should avoid apples etc.

lastly, what about snacking? does that mean no more snacking after dinner, i ate half a pack of crackers tonight because i was hungry.

hope to hear from you soon

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Dear Sunflower
No it does not mean that you cannot eat supper late or have a snack before you go to bed. Stomach ulcers are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if you have food in the stomach this give the acid something it can work on instead of attacking your stomach lining. In fact, the use of 6 smaller meals a day is a good idea when suffering from ulcers because this would mean that you practically always have some food in your stomach to prevent acid erosion. Split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. One of the most important factors in excess acid production and ulcers is stress. If you suffer from ulcers, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, very fatty foods, etc and all alcohol). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
Hope you feel better soon
DietDoc

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