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Is there a paleo version of the B.R.A.T. diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2011 at 4:00 AM

There seems to be a stomach bug making the rounds here, and the common wisdom is to go with the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) until it passes.

I'm okay with the bananas, rice, and applesauce, but what about toast, what else could replace it? (How did bread make the cut for stomach soothing anyway since it such a common irritant?)

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

done. the acronym has been saved.

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on September 04, 2011
at 12:50 AM

If you put that as an answer, I'd pick it, if only because I wouldn't have to change the acronym.

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:24 PM

you could add some broth to his baby food as well.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:08 PM

I haven't either, Happy, perhaps they're like pumpkin, in that they work both ways?

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on September 03, 2011
at 06:59 AM

The group I was traveling with in Mexico kept calling bananas "nature's pepto". Supposedly they work to plug you up a bit. I never noticed one way or the other with them.

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at 05:49 AM

Good to know about the pumpkin, that's awesome. I must've gotten a sense things were about to go weird because I went out of my way to get extra soup bones this week, and set them stewing in the crockpot the same day my son got sick. I keep trying to give him broth, but he won't go for it, luckily he's nursing a lot. He did enjoy the pumpkin and apple baby food I gave him though. I've been downing the broth and upping the vitamin D to try and keep myself from getting whatever he has.

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:46 AM

here's a link to that Haas/SCD view of bananas http://www.scdkat.com/2011/05/management-of-celiac-disease/

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at 05:45 AM

Funny, I thought BRAT stood for Bananas, Rice and Taters - which may be a more paleo/safe starch version.

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:44 AM

SCD Diet and its predecessor Dr. Hass say (ripe) bananas are safe - and act as prebiotics for re-populating the gut with good bacteria (alleviating the need for probiotics) as well as helping digest protein and fat. It was interesting enough (to someone that doesn't tolerate probiotics) that I'm giving it a try. What's more, Dr. Kurt Harris says ripe bananas are ok as most of the sugar has been converted to starch. (On the other hand Loren Cordain comes down hard on bananas, saying they contain saponins and other baddies.)

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:36 AM

The great thing about pumpkin is that helps for either diarrhea or constipation.

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88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

on September 04, 2011
at 10:28 PM

Bananas, Rice, And Taters!

Though it's not strictly paleo, I've seen this version discussed and would argue it's a paleo-friendly one.

Rice and potatoes would fall under the "safe starches" of the Jaminets and, more or less, Dr. Kurt Harris and Richard Nikoley.

As for bananas, see the discussion in one of the other answers.

Pumpkin and bone broth sounds good too - but that's the PABB diet!

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:07 AM

My favorite replacement for that forth is bone broth mixed with canned pumpkin. Whenever I used to have stomach issues, this helped a lot.

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:36 AM

The great thing about pumpkin is that helps for either diarrhea or constipation.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:49 AM

Good to know about the pumpkin, that's awesome. I must've gotten a sense things were about to go weird because I went out of my way to get extra soup bones this week, and set them stewing in the crockpot the same day my son got sick. I keep trying to give him broth, but he won't go for it, luckily he's nursing a lot. He did enjoy the pumpkin and apple baby food I gave him though. I've been downing the broth and upping the vitamin D to try and keep myself from getting whatever he has.

C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:24 PM

you could add some broth to his baby food as well.

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:43 AM

I'd skip the toast and bananas, only because the sugar in the bananas will only feed that yucky bacteria that your gut is trying to rid itself of.

If you're completely emptied out (from both ends) I would make up a batch of chicken broth (not the low sodium kind--if you've been shitting all day your body is most likely deprived of electrolytes and needs the salt). My favorite sick soup is homemade egg drop soup: Bring a couple cups of broth/soup stock to a boil, and beat a couple of eggs in a cup, drizzle the eggs slowly into the boiling broth, and swish it back and forth with a fork until the egg is cooked (only takes a couple of minutes). Adding a dollop of butter to the soup is a good way to get a little fat in your body and add flavor. Unsweetened applesauce would probably be fine but I wouldn't want to overdo it on the fruit. Stay away from juices for the same reason = sugar.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:46 AM

here's a link to that Haas/SCD view of bananas http://www.scdkat.com/2011/05/management-of-celiac-disease/

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:08 PM

I haven't either, Happy, perhaps they're like pumpkin, in that they work both ways?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 03, 2011
at 06:59 AM

The group I was traveling with in Mexico kept calling bananas "nature's pepto". Supposedly they work to plug you up a bit. I never noticed one way or the other with them.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

(803)

on September 03, 2011
at 05:44 AM

SCD Diet and its predecessor Dr. Hass say (ripe) bananas are safe - and act as prebiotics for re-populating the gut with good bacteria (alleviating the need for probiotics) as well as helping digest protein and fat. It was interesting enough (to someone that doesn't tolerate probiotics) that I'm giving it a try. What's more, Dr. Kurt Harris says ripe bananas are ok as most of the sugar has been converted to starch. (On the other hand Loren Cordain comes down hard on bananas, saying they contain saponins and other baddies.)

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on September 03, 2011
at 05:11 PM

I thought the BRAT diet was essentially based on bland, low in fat, easy to digest foods. Just apply that concept to paleo when you're feeling iffy - steamed, mushy vegetables with a little butter to taste (you might not want as much because fat is harder to digest), boiled eggs, white meat chicken, etc. I personally just wait it out: after a day or two (even half a day) you starve the germs in your system.

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