|Stomach bugs are gross.|
My biggest ailment is the persistent nausea. As a dietitian and runner who thinks about food 24/7 and has a hearty appetite, this symptom is very strange. The thought of eating makes me cringe and the smell of food cooking forces me to lie down. Though it may be difficult, it is important to maintain proper nutrition during these times to prevent complications such as dehydration.
The fundamentals of what we think of as 'good' nutrition are out the window when it comes to treatment and recovery of a stomach virus with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This is a situation when fiber needs to be avoided and sports drinks are acceptable when lying around.
When the time comes that you feel you can stomach something to eat, choose foods that are easy to chew, swallow and digest. This would include:
|Go bland and boring.|
- toast, crackers, pretzels
- fat-free yogurt
- boiled potatoes, rice, noodles
- baked or broiled chicken
- eggs cooked without fat
- canned peaches, applesauce or other soft, bland fruits
- clear carbonated beverages, sports drinks, apple/cranberry/grape juice, jello, ice pops, tea, water
|Flowers from someone you love by your bedside helps too!|