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Oct 3, 2007 05:28 PM

best thing to eat when stomach is off?


i am just getting over a stomach upset, and i would like to know what is best to eat while i am not sure about the state of my stomach.

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  1. white rice, or the BRAT diet...Banana, apple sauce, rice, and toast...

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    1. re: galleygirl

      Recently doctors have been advising the CRAM diet as an alternative to the BRAT diet:
      Apparently the protein in the milk helps to ease the discomfort faster than no protein.

      Here's a link that explains it:

      And another:

      In the past the BRAT diet has been very effective for me.

      1. re: Gio

        CRAM, of course, does not work for people with lactose intolerance. Lots of people do not even know that they are lactose intolerant.

        I recommend rice, banana, blueberry soup, chamomile tea or other mile herbal teas.

        For people who are not lactose intolerant, Acidophilus & Kefir products are great. They work like magic for me.

        Sadly, ginger ale just makes me feel worse. Maybe the bubbles, I do not know.

        1. re: FoodWine

          actually, that's a good call on the acidophilus & kefir - even people who are lactose intolerant can usually handle them. but yeah, milk is definitely not a good idea if there are any issues :)

          i'm with you on the bubbles in ginger ale (the sugar doesn't do me much good either). try drinking ginger tea or snacking on dried ginger instead.

          ETA: oops, just realized someone resurrected this thread from over 3 years ago!

        1. re: ChefJune

          Oh yes, of course congee; the best of all possible worlds....

            1. re: danhole

              You can make it in a plain old pot. The simplest instructions are: 1 part rice, 4 parts water. Bring to boil and then down to a simmer. Do not cover completely. Stir periodically until all of water has incorporated into a thick rice mixture, but don't scrape to the bottom or else it can burn easily. You can continue to add more water if it is too thick.
              For Chiu Chow style (thinner), it should take about 30min; for thicker (regular) congee, it should take about 1 hour.

              Extras: sweeten by throwing in some dried scallops or shredded chicken meat near the beginning, or frozen corn near the end. For more protein, crack an egg in near the end and let it poach, or stir it around if you want eggy ribbons. For a salty flavour, add a dash of soy sauce to your serving bowl! Top with some chopped green onion and ginger.

              It's really easy to make, easy on the stomach and filling. Hope you feel better!

              1. re: jinxed

                Little bit of toasted sesame oil never hurt either.

                1. re: piccola

                  Hmm, I have never tried that but I can see it working! I find that a little goes a long way with sesame oil...

            2. re: piccola

              yup, always jook.

              I'm I'm really really sick, I'll just eat it plain with nothing in it but rice and water. A good korean variation on jook is to toast the cooked rice and then add boiling water. Its a little nutty and isn't too harsh if you are sick

            3. Try soft boiled egg and dry toast! Always works for me.

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              1. re: misopnu

                I agree, I feel this is always recommended by my mom when my stomach used to hurt me.

              2. Go easy. Go bland. Ginger ale settles the stomach. When my stomach's iffy is about the only time I'm interested in eating raisin bran. Mike swears by milk toast, but that doesn't work for me.

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                1. re: revsharkie

                  Definately agreed on the ginger ale. You can also use candied ginger. Works on sea sickness too!!

                  1. re: CraigH

                    When I lived in Portland I always took a bag of ginger snap cookies with me when we went out to the coast. I never had motion sickness (except seasickness, once--but that never came up much growing up in Kansas) till I used to go through the coast range. Finally occurred to me that I could not try to read in the car on those curvy, hilly roads.

                    Somewhere along the line someone has done actual scientific studies and confirmed that ginger really does work.

                  2. re: revsharkie

                    The very thought of milk toast MAKES me sick!

                  3. Poached eggs and toast have never failed me.