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Tender Belly

Someone asked the other day on Facebook or Twitter, what I eat when my stomach is not 100%.  I definitely alter my diet, as my normal diet includes a lot of fruits & vegetables, and those don’t always sit well when my stomach is upset.  Sometimes a warm, flat Coca-Cola will settle things down, but when that fails or I am trying to start eating again, I need something more.  Here are some of my go-to gluten-free “comfort” foods:

  • Rice Chex
  • Brown rice
  • bananas
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Waffles
  • Rice cakes

The other day I was hesitant to eat my “normal” breakfast of a large fruit bowl and rice cakes, so I modified my breakfast.  I made half caffeinated coffee instead of full strength.  I opted for waffles with peanut butter & sliced banana instead of a large fruit bowl.  It was enough to fill me up and not anger the belly. 

This approach works well for both illness & glutenings.  I also try to avoid dairy as much as possible.  I do take Lactaid normally with cheese, ice cream, etc, though when my stomach is not 100%, I don’t like to rock the boat.  I aim for bland, low fiber, medium to high carbohydrates for the first meal or 2 to try to settle things down.  If that goes well, I progress with the next meal & snacks depending on how I am feeling.  

What is your go-to “comfort” food when you aren’t feeling well?

7 comments to Tender Belly

  • Rice (of the white and unhealthy variety) and toast are my go tos. I'm not lactose intolerant, but no one needs cheese on a sour stomach.

  • I actually took a day off from class today because I'm not feeling well, so I love hearing your gluten free comfort foods, especially now! Fabulous blog!

  • Tracy

    Cream of Rice. I will add some applesauce and maybe bananas. But it does calm things down.

  • angela

    Brown rice in a light homemade veg/chicken broth, usually with spinach (just cant get enough). This is my goto when my tummy is hurting. Usually with a banana for snack. I cant have gluten, dairy, soy or nuts so I’m limited. I just bought sunflower milk to try with my Chex.

  • It's interesting to see that your comfort foods are about the same as mine. I also have grown to love Rice and Shine hot cereal by Arrowhead Mills. I too try to limit my dairy even though I'm not lactose intolerant (or at least my test came back negative). I love almond milk, but I don't really like soy, almond or rice cheeses though, so I usually eat real cheese and then suffer later. Does the Lactaid really help?

  • Martha

    I'm celiac and also lactose intolerant and have to say that Lactaid really does help me. I carry it with me all the time just in case there is cheese or milk on something which I have ordered when I am out. nter text right here!

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