So, I have had this nose and throat problem for a few years. Can't tell you how many different things have been ruled out and/or treated along the way but now the diagnosis is something that has a long name but is also called "silent reflux." My larynx and throat have been damaged.
The prescription in addition to meds is a draconian, "low acid" diet. Pretty much everything that has flavor seems to be ruled out for at least 3-4 months, until symptoms have cleared up and things can heal. After that I can try adding things one at a time to isolate anything that causes symptoms to return
Here is what I am told I cannot have:
No alcohol of any kind. No carbonated beverages--including sparkling waters.
Coffee, tea--black and green. ( I have not been uncaffeinated in over 40 years. I adore coffee.)
No citrus--not even in cooking. (I would assume this means vinegar is out, too.)
GARLIC (this is what the Dr says, though I downloaded the USDA;s "ph of common foods" document and garlic does not seem to be excessively acidic.)
Most condiments--mustard is specifically listed as a NO
Cheeses, cream, 2% and full-fat dairy products. (skim is OK, but yuck.)
Most fruits--bananas and papaya --my 2 least favorites are OK. Melon is OK.
Pastries, cakes, pies, etc.
No more than one whole egg a day--prepared without fat. (I question this, as butter and oil are on the "allowed" list)
Sausages, bacon, cured meats and pork (though, again, I think "pork" is stupidity. Tenderloin is not shoulder and the fat is supposedly the issue)
"Spicy" food. The dr I saw, seemed to interpret this as NO SPICES.
I walked out of that office and sat down and wept. I do not know how to cook without garlic, acids and spices.
What I can eat seems to be limited to lean proteins, blandly cooked. Beans and lentils (unseasoned? No thank you.) Raw, steamed, roasted or boiled vegetables. Breads and grains. Some fruits. Butter and Oil are OK in moderation. Herbs seem to be OK. I think ginger might actually be OK. Water. Herb teas, except for mint.
Is there any hope?