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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?

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