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Savory vs. Spicy 
Feb. 25, 2012 11:21 am 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2012 5:22 am
When I was first learning to cook I was unaware of how much more control I had over my recipes; I followed them strictly to the letter, never thinking of what I could alter, add, or remove to suit my tastes.

With how sensitive my stomach is to spices I had a hard time enjoying foods. To help put this in perspective I can't use table pepper without getting heartburn, so think of other spices in cooking! As my cooking experience grew so did my knowledge of switching spices. Now I know that I could use garlic and onion salts in place of chili powder in certain recipes, and other wonderful changes like that.

To help my body I now cook 'savory' instead of 'spicy' and my stomach is very happy with me about that!
Feb. 25, 2012 11:43 am
Have you ruled out Gerd or an ulcer?
Feb. 25, 2012 12:27 pm
I do have GIRD, and for a while I was on an acid reducer. Having lost my insurance I no longer am able to afford the prescription I was on and the over the counter don't work as well. Changing my diet to cut out a lot of the spicier dishes helps my otc pills work better.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:10 pm
Mhend, I have gerd too. Badly. My biggest help was not from pills but from sleeping on a wedge under the pillow. This keeps stomach contents where they belong. The first day after I first slept on the wedge, my granddaughter said I was choking far less than I had been. My heartburn is far more easily controlled with the medicine (omeprazole)and there is no need to increase the dosage. I now eat any spice that I want to. Just a simple wedge made a huge difference in quality of life! It would be well worth the extra money to buy a wedge from a medical supply instead of a sleep store. They are a much better grade of foam and the sales people will be very careful of what they recommend.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:13 pm
I was thinking that, I had taken many of them over the past 11 years, and Nexium I found works best for me. About 4 Days Ago My Wife Has Been Diagnosed With GERD And Is Taking Prilosec Now, And she is on a bland diet.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:15 pm
mike that's how my wife sleeps, and I heard it does help, I can't sleep that way because I sleep on my side or stomach.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:21 pm
@Mike - I sleep on an wedge right now as well, and it really does help! I find it amusing how one simple wedge helps with several things that ail me.
Feb. 25, 2012 1:25 pm
@KingSparta - The bland part is what drove me to try different spice ideas. I go through so much celery, garlic, and onion salts or powders. I also will use a bit of seasoning salt in lieu of regular salt where I can, just to add a bit more flavour.
Feb. 25, 2012 5:29 pm
I sleep on my side or stomach, also King. I surprised myself with how easily I adapted and I can sleep on my side on a wedge. Can't do it on my stomach, though. ... Mhend, some spices are very good for you. Am i correct that you may mean those spices that are hot? Curry is a very healthful spice and is found in hot food but is not hot itself. It has to be made hot. (For example.)
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I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
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My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
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My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
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When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
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My most memorable cooking experience has to be the first time I made apple pie. The instructor said to add 'as much brown sugar as you want.' I took that a bit too literally (horrid sweet tooth, I admit!) and ended up making what is now called "Apple Soup in a Pie Crust."
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