Suggestions on what to eat if I get a stomach bug?

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Created March 05, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I am out of town visiting family. Unbeknown to us until we arrived, half of the family is sick with some kind of stomach bug causing vomiting and diarrhea. For those that have consulted a doctor, the doctors have recommended a diet of items such as rice, saltine crackers, dry toast and ginger ale until they can keep their food down and are feeling better. I just recently adopted the paleo way of eating less than 4 weeks ago. I am feeling the best I have felt in my entire life and I refuse to go back to eating grains. If I should catch this stomach bug all of the recommended foods are things I refuse to eat. Does anyone here have any suggestions on what I should consume if I get sick here? Thanks

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on March 05, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Chicken broth or beef broth!



on March 05, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I just had the same bug. I fasted until the nausea subsided and then had some safe starch: baked yam with a bit of butter to get some calories into my system. I could have substituted white potato or white rice and gotten the same effect: some energy and nutrients, without the toxins found in grains used to make the toast or crackers, or the huge amounts of sugar in ginger ale.

Ginger root is a powerful anti nausea home remedy. Sailors used to stuff a plug in their cheek before seasick medications were invented.



on March 05, 2011
at 09:32 PM

Starve a flu and feed a cold. One of the few good advice from conventional wisdom. However, they usually suggest to start with rice, crackers, bananas and white bread which is where they lose me!

I usually go with homemade chicken broth and yams.



on March 06, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Many people will supplement with 50,000IU of Vit D3 for a few days when they feel they are going to come down with a cold or flu to give their immune system a quick jolt Regular supplemtation at 5000IU to 10000IU daily gets a person up to acceptable value of serum Vit D3 of 50-70ng/mL. I have been supplementing for 3 years and have not once come down with a cold or flu despite being surrounded by hacking, coughing SAD eaters.

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on March 06, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I would wager that an illness consisting of a heavy proliferation of unwelcome microflora in the intestines would best be handled by a diet comprised of no carbohydrates until symptoms have passed.


on July 22, 2012
at 03:09 PM

If you ever have the stomach bug. Rule #1 - Do not eat anything. Rule #2 - carry promethazine, or another anti nausea med in your med kit.



on July 22, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Bone broth followed by more bone broth. I usually add a little extra sea salt to mine.
I rarely eat bananas but once I start to get over that "I feel like death and never want to eat again" feeling and I start to get a little hungry I always go for a banana. A friend of mine swears by baby food, plums specifically. Never tried it but it seems to work for her.


on July 22, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Fasting helped me. Sip bone broth if needed.


on July 22, 2012
at 01:00 PM

crackers really good



on March 07, 2011
at 12:39 AM

When the last one hit me, I fasted until I felt well enough to eat and then I ate whatever I normally would have eaten. The bug hit while I was fasted already, so I just kept at it. My fasted state helped because there was nothing to "lose" as it were. The fast was 40 hours in total, but it felt natural.


on March 06, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Ginger root tea, broths until the nausea goes away.


on March 06, 2011
at 01:26 AM

We've had this delightful bug going around our house this week as well. I second the sweet potato suggestion. You could also try a banana. Scrambled eggs would be a good next step.

We've been drinking a lot of ginger tea, too, which seems to be settling our stomachs. There's a brand called Yogi Tea which is pretty good. Good luck!



on March 05, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I had a stomach bug that seemed to go away really fast when I drank some goat broth (we have African grocery stores here in town and goat is very easy to find and we had it around anyway in the crock pot, so I drank some). I've heard good things about broth and GI trouble. Now mind you, I wasn't vomiting. I don't know how that would figure into things, but you could always try some kind of homemade bone broth if you don't mind experimenting. A lot of the recipes for the traditional stuff call for cooking the broth for well over a day but you can come up with a good one in a few hours, especially with chicken.

In a pinch, if you have access to good-quality premade bouillon or canned broth (Swanson's is usually a good choice), you could fix up about a cup of it and add a packet of gelatin. Gelatin's very healing.

Aside from that I'm about as lost as you are. This is not an area that I see talked about a lot amongst Paleo and LC people.



on March 05, 2011
at 08:32 PM

I would try some extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil - and would start with one tablespoon. If it stayed in place for several hours (four or more) I would have another tablespoon.

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