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Jan 18, 2009 05:55 AM

What to eat for food posoning recovery?

I'm at the spoonfuls of yogurt and a couple of saltines every few hour stage today, but am hoping to be able to eat something a little tastier tomorrow -- just don't want to upset the applecart, as it were. I have some chicken stock in the freezer, so could make soup. Also have a nice piece of halibut. It's been so long since I've been really sick that I've forgotten what ingredients/spices are easiest on the digestion.

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  1. Bland, bland, bland food for a couple of days. then re-introduce things gently. Tea, toast, gingerale... My nephew was hospitalized with food poisoning from Street food last Labor Day. Boy,was he sick.

    I had food poisoning once in my life, over 40 years ago and still remember it!

    Get well soon!

    1. rice. bananas.toast. weak tea.

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      1. re: thew

        and applesauce... BRAT.

        next step could be to stirfry (in broth or Pam) some tofu and white rice.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Had a piece for lunch, Sam, and it tasted very good (but then I like burned toast under any circumstances). Is there something about burning the taost that makes it especially digestible?

          1. re: pikawicca

            it isn't the digestability, charcoal is supposed detoxify

        2. Crackers and ginger ale. Some oatmeal later if you are ambitious. Juice. Herbal tea.
          Soup with rice or noodles tomorrow.

          I've had very mild fp several times and only one Very Bad I Wish I Could Die case.

          I would stay away from any dairy product whatsoever til I was *completely* better.

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          1. re: Louise

            i second louise's advice about not eating any dairy- often the bacteria in your stomach that caused the food poisoning destroy the good bacteria that normally digest dairy. even if you wait a long time to eat dairy, you may still get sick. hopefully, it won't lead to lactose intolerance.

            1. re: njchowgal

              I disagree if you need good bacteria, you might as well be eating yogurt as almost every yogurt on the market it right now has "probiotic cultures" which are the epitome of good bacteria.

          2. BRAT or BRATY is what always works for us.

            Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea/Toast and some people swear by yogurt. I'm one of them. :) The beasties in yogurt are important for digestive balance in a system that's out of whack. I'd stay away from all other dairy, as someone else recommended, but having some yogurt should do more good than normal dairy would.

            I make the rice with broth, to give it more flavour, but nothing other than that. We can't really drink tea, so we usually have water, but we've also tolerated some juices when we were recovering.

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            1. re: Morganna

              A plain baked potato, noodles, veggie broth should be fine for recovery. I had food poisoning once and I still remember how gross I felt for several days after the onset. I agree with bland and brat diets. Hope you feel better soon!

              1. re: addicted2cake

                An MD friend also recommended the plain baked potato, so I'll give this a try for dinner tonight. Do you know if plain sweet potatoes are also easily digestible?