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When you're sick which foods are the easiest to keep down?

Asked by silvermoon (753 points ) January 4th, 2011

Last few days I have been sick (aching body, neck, throat and ears) and haven’t been eating. Still sick now but seriously hungry I was just wondering are there any foods I can eat and keep down? I ate this morning just to bring it all back up a few hours later.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

Soup, completely pureed and eaten slowly with a couple of Saltines works for me. Less is more, in this case, don’t do a lot at one time, small amounts over a few hours. I’m sick, too, feel better soon!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

If you are throwing up, you might be better off to avoid eating altogether until your stomach settles. In the meanwhile, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Sip, don’t gulp. Saltines or a piece of plain toast might work, but I wouldn’t attempt a whole meal until you’re certain that the throwing up part of your illness is over. Get well soon. :)
@JilltheTooth you feel better, too!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Try the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie : working on it! You know, @silvermoon , sometimes sipping Gatorade helps, because the sugars in it will calm the hunger a bit, and keep you hydrated. The point is to SIP frequently so you don’t keep throwing up.
@hawaii_jake : I remember the BRAT diet from when Katawagrey was little…

WestRiverrat's avatar

I disagree @TheOnlyNeffie, if I don’t eat/drink something when I am throwing up, I get the dry heaves. They are worse than vomiting. Eat small portions often. Chicken and rice or tomato soup are the two go to meals for me.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@JilltheTooth is right, gatorade can be really helpful.
You don’t have to respond to this, but, if you are dealing with diarrhea along with the rest of your stomach troubles, gatorade should be diluted before drinking. The high sugar content can make diarrhea worse.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@WestRiverrat I didn’t mean to say that the OP should consume nothing. Liquids will prevent dry heaving, and that’s to assume that the OP is even dealing with dry heaves.

JilltheTooth's avatar

And rest. Try to get a lot of rest. Which is what I plan to do right now. @silvermoon , I hope you feel better soon. Good night, everybody.

SamIAm's avatar

Toast!

Brian1946's avatar

I’ve also heard good things about bananas being easy to keep down.

filmfann's avatar

I was raised being told to eat things you can see thru, like Jello, broth, 7up. You can also have crackers. Gatoraide is invaluable for keeping your electrolites up.

guitargirl93's avatar

Try some soup and saltines and gatorade to keep yourself hydrated and get back electrolytes.

AmWiser's avatar

When I’ve been in that situation, the only thing that calmed my stomach was Ginger tea and saltines. Hot GingerAle helped too.

perspicacious's avatar

sweetened black tea is the best thing

faye's avatar

@perspicacious I agree that tea is good. Sometimes your stomach needs to rest, though, as in nothing in it but a sip of water. If you are not having diarhea you won’t dehydrate in a few hours. I always have gravol and sleep, though, knock on wood, I haven’t been sick in a long time.

Deja_vu's avatar

Potatoes, they also have lots of potassium (more than bananas), and thats what you need right now.

Aster's avatar

Broth and saltines could settle your stomach. Feel better soon!

perspicacious's avatar

@faye My uncle was a VP for the largest tea company in the USA and he told me their research showed tea is easier on the stomach and digestive system than water. I don’t know why that was never used in marketing.

bookwoman11's avatar

When my daughter was a baby, she had terrible tummy problems and I distinctly recall a nurse telling me that bananas and applesauce were both “binding” foods and would therefore discourage diarrhea. I drink ginger ale and nibble saltines when i can’t keep food down. I add jello and any of a variety of teas geared especially toward tummy-soothing. And then, when I’m fairly confident that the worst is over, I make Mrs. Grass Chicken Noodle Soup. Pretty much a rehash of what others have said, but my ritual is very specific so I thought I’d share it with you. Hope you sleep well, dream sweet, and wake up feeling brand new!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Toast with butter
Won Ton soup
Oatmeal rinsed of the starch then drizzled with hot milk
Scrambled eggs but they have to be moist and fluffy

Rhodentette's avatar

Tea without milk but sweetened with a touch of honey, and lightly toasted, soft bread or rolls always seems to work for me.

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