Until recently, the only flesh foods I ate were fish and seafood. After considerable reading, I decided to add meat back into my diet, but I have been having problems with GERD frequently. It occurs after the first few bites of meat. It's fixed with anti-acid calcium tabs, but I'd rather not keep going that route.
Before now, GERD usually only affected me when eating bread, fried food, or when under stress during a meal. Those are totally out of my diet, and I'm not stressed about the meat because I'm satisfied with the conditions the animals are raised in, with the slaughter methods, etc. And the flavor of the meat I'm getting is wonderful. Help!
Chances are without meat in the diet for an extended period of time you might well be hypochloridic (too little stomach acid), which is quite normal for those coming to paleo from a more vegetarian or vegan diet. Now super foods enzyme should assist with your digestion. Begin by supplementing with 1 capsule during a meal, continue adding 1 capsule to the initial dose until you reach a point where you feel a warming sensation in the epigastric region. At that point dial back your dosage by 1 capsule. Robb Wolf also has a pretty neat little breakdown on this in his paleolithic solutions episode 13. Here is a link episode 13
Are you adding spices to the meat? Try it a few more times with just plain meat. There's nothing in meat that should cause GERD. In fact, protein typically cause less reflux. Does non-meat fat cause the same problem for you?
How long since you added it back in? If you haven't eaten meat for a long time it might take a while for your stomach to adjust to the fat/protein block.
I don't have any noticeable symptoms of GERD, but my gastro told me that I have damage in my esophagus consistent with chronic GERD. I started taking 6mg of melatonin before bed (see here) and aside from deeper sleep I haven't noticed any real effects. The link has links to studies where people had relief from GERD after taking melatonin bearing supplements for just a few weeks, so maybe you could benefit from it.
Are you eating any dairy besides butter? If not, try ghee at all meals for a week.
If so, a dairy elimination trial may be in order. I realize that the GERD and the dairy consumption may not line up in a way that seems logical. That's just how food intolerances work. You'd need at least a week off dairy to test this.
I was experiencing GERD as well, despite having been gluten-free for nearly a year, and grain-free for at least half a year. I prepare all my own food and never stray from the path I have set myself on. It was frustrating to me when the GERD from my gluten eating days came back. I eat PaNu style, using some heavy cream and Kerrygold butter.
Even though I am not diabetic, I found a book by Dr. Richard Bernstein titled "The Diabetes Solution." In it, he had an entire chapter on Gastroparesis. This is "delayed gastric emptying." Reading through that chapter was certainly an eye-opener for me. It became the answer to so many of the questions I had. You may find this useful. I was able to get rid of my GERD by following his instructions.
I picked up the 2007 edition at my library, via inter-library loan. I bet you could find a copy too. He is a low-carb, paleo friendly Doc. His personal experiences over many decades provide a lot of insight into long-term health and repair.
Sorry about the Gerd.. I hate to say this but you're probably Blood Type A which is generally incompatible with a paleo diet. A's have lower stomach acid, an ability to break down lots of fat and thicker blood. Red Meats NEED high levels of stomach acid for digestion so.... You can force yourself of course by masking your symptoms with HCL and pills etc.. but your body is clearly trying to tell you something and I'd advise you'd listen. I am a hardcore Paleo eater and this way of life is amazing for sooo many people. However, I'd never be arrogant enough to think that EVERY since person should do it this way. There are many thriving Vegan types.. If you eliminate the RED MEAT and stick with chicken, turkey, fish your GERD will be a thing of the past. I'd advise you check/research more info about eating for your Blood Type..(Wheat is a no no for all types, which shouldn't surprise you).