Bein’ a BRAT

As previously mentioned, I had a pretty bad stomach virus last week that caused me to lose what little food was in my stomach. At times like that it can be nearly impossible to even think about food, much less eat any, but it is essential to replace fluids and nutrients lost. Enter: the BRAT diet.

The BRAT diet is just an acronym used to remember foods that are good to eat or feed to your child whenever there is a lot of GI distress (nausea/vomiting/diarrhea) going on. The next time you’re feeling like total crap, remember this

B bananas: soluble fiber (but not insoluble!) is easy on the system and can slow the movement of food through your digestive system without causing cramping and pain. Especially good if you’re experiencing the D part of N/V/D.

R rice: white rice is easy on the stomach and digests quickly to get some nutrients in there

A applesauce: same deal as bananas

T toast: again, white toast – insoluble fiber is not your friend right now. Easily digestible foods are best!

Also, remember to avoid caffeine and spicy foods, and to replenish electrolytes with a sports drink. Normally I am not a big fan of sports drinks except during 2+ hours of intense activity but this is an exception. Your choice whether you think you need the sugar or low carb version.

Hopefully you don’t need to use this info any time soon!


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