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Recovering from a Stomach Bug, Diabetic Edition

pinehurst Feb 22, 2013 03:25 PM

So The Husband is recovering from a 48 hour bug or a mild case of food poisoning. He's fever free, but still has some lower GI symptoms.

Now, my mom's go-to for me when I was recovering from an upset stomach or (as in H's case, diarrhea) was the BRAT combo (bananas or rice or applesauce or toast), jello, and rice krispies with skim milk (which I cannot stand to this day).

All of the above are not optimal for the way H needs to eat, except for sugar free jello. Any ideas for GI-friendly recovery foods? I was thinking plain scrambled eggs, but I don't know. Thanks in advance from Nurse Ratched.

  1. pinehurst Feb 25, 2013 04:10 AM

    Hi everyone!
    Wanted to say thank you for the suggestions from (still) snowy MA.

    We progressed from sf jello and chicken broth with an egg beaten in (Friday night) to the miso soup (white miso soup) for lunch on Sat to scrambled eggs (no milk added, my usual trick, Ruthie789) for supper, and then on Sunday he had an omelet with a little bit of cheese and tomato.

    Things seem to be staying where they should in all aspects...thank you all. Tonight will be chicken soup in a bland-ish broth.

    3 Replies
    1. re: pinehurst
      mcf Feb 25, 2013 08:14 AM

      Glad he's on the road to recovery! Sounds like you found some great go to's without the usual carby stuff we're all accustomed to as sick room foods.

      1. re: mcf
        pinehurst Feb 25, 2013 01:22 PM

        Thank heavens for this board. Even when fighting stomach woes the complaints about food were flying fast and furious (SF Jello??? Again???? I'm going to turn into jello!)
        Sigh! ;-)

        1. re: pinehurst
          mcf Feb 25, 2013 03:03 PM

          I hope you summoned up your best withering stare? ;-)

          I do keep a jar of no sugar added orange marmalade in the house just in case, for use on low carb toast if totally off... but so far, I've thrown each jar away due to expiration. Still, in a pinch, a slice of toasted Joseph's flax and oat bran sandwich thin with it might be all I can do.

    2. jmcarthur8 Feb 23, 2013 08:29 PM

      I was sick recently with that stomach flu, too. If your hubby likes unsweetened almond milk, you could make him some pudding or tapioca with eggs and Splenda or another artificial sweetener.
      Perhaps some steamed carrots or butternut squash?

      1. p
        pedalfaster Feb 23, 2013 04:57 PM

        Not sure if I can help...but I have GI "issues" myself.

        I would just tend to go bland but nutrition-rich. If he can do salmon...that has been a life saver for me.

        If he needs fat/calories without too much fiber consider avocados.

        If he wants toast, go rye. Dark rye has a lot of flavor, but not too much fiber for the sensitive GI tract. I digest it easily, his results may differ.

        You are spot-on about the eggs; Hopefully you are having fun making great omelettes at this point!

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        1. re: pedalfaster
          mcf Feb 23, 2013 06:19 PM

          Avocado is very high fiber... that's never been a stomach bug problem for me, though. Fat and proteins are tough, except for gently scrambled egg, in my case. And cottage cheese.

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          Ariadanz Feb 22, 2013 07:50 PM

          I often gravitate to simple foods after a stomach problem. After the crackers and butter (not necessarily good choice for your husband) one of the first foods back on my list is Chicken tenders, preferably all white meat in whole pieces with breading. The frozen ones that are pre-fried and you bake in the oven are fine. Also on the list are broth-based soups with chicken and vegetables and some noodles perhaps.

          1. pinehurst Feb 22, 2013 04:44 PM

            Egg drop soup is a great idea, GoodHealthGourmet!

            KrumTX, my H was SUCH a potato lover that he could eat them three times a day and not tire. But sadly, he can't tolerate what they do to his blood glucose anymore.

            That said, we found that he can eat a smallish "fingerling" type blue potato (these are VERY firm and waxy, unlike say russets) with minimal effect, so every once in a while I "fry" a little one with a couple of eggs for supper. Maybe tomorrow night for that.

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            1. re: pinehurst
              KrumTx Feb 22, 2013 04:54 PM

              I'm sorry, pinehurst. I'm an idiot. Thank you for being kind:)

              1. re: KrumTx
                mcf Feb 23, 2013 03:57 PM

                Ease up on yourself! I felt awful when someone pointed out that I'd posted about an animal food on a low carb thread without noticing it was on the vegetarian/vegan board.

                I just flagged it for the mods and requested it be deleted.

                1. re: mcf
                  KrumTx Feb 23, 2013 04:32 PM

                  Ha! Good one. I'm on day 2.5 with a bottle of cough medicine, a dog, cat, and no human interaction. Maybe I'll shuffle over to the Kosher board and see what kind of damage I can do there. Thanks, all!

              2. re: pinehurst
                cresyd Feb 25, 2013 04:19 AM

                Eggdrop soup all the way.

                This winter has been a nightmare for me. 4 weeks of food poisoning and after all of the antibiotics, I feel like I'm now just a sitting duck for the flu. Sigh.

                When I was ready for a bit more than egg drop soup, but still not ready to re-enter normal eating, I found that roasted (or very well cooked) carrots and cooked green beans to be a good next step. I cooked them a bit further than I'd normally want, but both veggies are pretty low in fiber so it made for a good comeback to veggies. Taking that a bit further, a carrot soup might also be a good idea as well.

                Hopefully your husband recovers quickly though and doesn't need such baby steps.

                1. re: cresyd
                  pinehurst Feb 25, 2013 01:19 PM

                  Oh cresyd, how awful!
                  Antibiotics can do a number on the GI tract as much as bugs can, sometimes.

                  Can you tolerate a plain, full fat yogurt that can get some good immune-enhancing cultures back into your poor belly?

                  Wishing you well!

                  1. re: pinehurst
                    cresyd Feb 25, 2013 10:16 PM

                    Yeah, I'm now back to normal - but I definitely got a first rate education on baby steps back to normal food.

                    I had my mom, who's a dietician give me a list of low fiber foods. So she gave me the lists of recommended food for Crohn's disease. Turned out to be really helpful, but largely because it just lasted for soooooo long. In case anyone else is looking for that intermediary stage of low fiber foods:

                    - Well-cooked fresh vegetables or canned vegetables without seeds, such as asparagus tips, beets, green beans, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, squash (no seeds), and pumpkin.

                    - Cooked potatoes without skin.

                    - Tomato sauce (no seeds).

              3. goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2013 04:14 PM

                Scrambled eggs are good if he can tolerate them. Otherwise, try a nutritious bone or beef broth, poached chicken in broth, or egg drop soup.

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  mcf Feb 23, 2013 03:55 PM

                  Exactly my go to meals now... scrambled eggs have to be soft and moist, but not wet, sometimes with cottage cheese on the side.

                  My former sick food used to be won ton soup, but that's off the table now. Chicken soup, skip the noodles works.

                  When I'm more up to it, grilled havarti with tomato on Weight Watcher's rye, not ideal, but not a killer, either, with some protein.

                  Oh, and instant dried Miso Cup soups, with or without tofu cubes.

                2. k
                  KrumTx Feb 22, 2013 03:31 PM

                  My mom always made us a grilled cheese sandwich. Since he's 48 hours out of onset, the poor guy's body probably craves something with a little more substance. Bread fits the bill. Mashed potatoes, a baked potato, or oatmeal are things I'll go to as well. Sorry he's been sick.

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                  1. re: KrumTx
                    goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2013 04:16 PM

                    Bread, potatoes & oatmeal are pretty much pure starch, and he's diabetic.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      KrumTx Feb 22, 2013 04:49 PM

                      Oh my gosh, I'm mortified. I was home sick again today and have been perusing the main board more than lately. I didn't absorb the diabetic tag. I'm very embarrassed.

                      I apologize and blame the codeine in my cough medicine, even though me just being a dipstick was probably more likely. Wishing your hubby well, pinehurst.

                      1. re: KrumTx
                        pinehurst Feb 22, 2013 04:53 PM

                        No worries! I will incorporate your suggestion of cheese, too, as he mends....probably in an omelet. It's a super comfort food.

                        I hope YOU'RE on the mend too! What a winter!

                        1. re: pinehurst
                          Ruthie789 Feb 23, 2013 04:01 PM

                          Pinehurst, you might want to avoid dairy while he is under the weather. It can be very irritating to the digestive tract. Some soup might be in order as goodhealth gourmet has suggested. Hope he feels better soon.

                        2. re: KrumTx
                          goodhealthgourmet Feb 22, 2013 07:47 PM

                          Aww, don't be mortified - we've all done it :) I'm sorry you're not well. Feel better soon!

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