How do I change my lifestyle to deal with gerd?

See below. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, late meals, large fatty meals, tomatoes and tomato sauce, spicy foods, and alcohol.
Prevent/Control GERD. Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent.