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  • m

Anybody have suggestions as to what else I can eat on this horrible diet besides the bananas, rice, applesauce and toast? I'm also having some plain chicken, clear broth, saltines...THANKS!

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  1. How about BRATwursts? :-)

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    1. re: 2chez mike
      m
      Miserable and hungry

      stop teasing...

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      AlanH™ (formerly AlanH)

      What is the concept of the diet?

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      1. re: AlanH™ (formerly AlanH)
        m
        Miserable and hungry

        Having some (ahem) GI problems and this diet is recommended to make things a bit eassier on the stomach. Have also been using some immodium but gotta do the diet as well:(

      2. Sounds like you either pissed off Montezuma, or a case of the "Beaver Fever".

        Only thing I would add is ginger ale and a lot of water.

        Below is a link you may be interested in. To summarize:

        The traditional BRAT diet--bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast--is tolerated by the tender gastrointestinal system, but it is not particularly nutritious. Many, but not all, medical researchers recommend a diet that includes complex carbohydrates (e.g., rice, wheat, potatoes, bread, and cereal), lean meats, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. Milk and other dairy products shouldn't create problems if they are part of the normal diet. Fatty foods or foods with a lot of sugar should be avoided. These recommendations are
        based on clinical experience and controlled trials, but are not universally accepted.

        Good luck!

        Link: http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/...

        1. Found this post on a message forum:

          This web site gives a more liberal view of the BRAT diet (they say you can have lean meat, fruit, and vegetables), but they caution this view is not universally accepted:

          http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/...

          "The traditional BRAT diet--bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast--is tolerated by the tender gastrointestinal system, but it is not particularly nutritious. Many, but not all, medical researchers recommend a diet that includes complex carbohydrates (e.g., rice, wheat, potatoes, bread, and cereal), lean meats, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. Milk and other dairy products shouldn't create problems if they are part of the normal diet. Fatty foods or foods with a lot of sugar should be avoided. These recommendations are based on clinical experience and controlled trials, but are not
          universally accepted."

          So maybe rice and potatoes can be added, as well as yogurt? (Although would the bacterial cultures in yogurt defeat the purpose of the BRAT diet?) If it's supposed to be bland, not sure if fruits and veggies should be added.

          I've included another link that talks about cooked cereals, pasta, rice, and fruit and vegetable juices...but no raw veggies. The link below says to avoid milk and cheese, so the first link's suggestion re: milk and other dairy products may not be valid.

          I just know BRAT as bland and boring from childhood illnesses. Flat ginger ale was another drink that my mom would allow.

          Link: http://www.ivillagehealth.com/experts...

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            Caitlin McGrath

            Noodles with a little butter and parmesan (not too much) is okay under the circumstances, in my experience. Also, combine the rice, broth, and chicken for a little soup - you can add soy sauce and hot sauce to season it. Jello's fine too, but who wants to eat that? Also, nonfat yogurt's usually okay, if it has live cultures; the bacteria are good for your digestive system, so it doesn't interfere with stopping the problem.

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I am not sure I would add hot sauce to the soup, given the primary problem Miserable and Hungry describes.

              1. re: Kirk

                not hot sauce, ginger and garlic - good for the GIT, and soothing.