If you’re feeling sick, this week’s diet plan is designed to help with stomach issues. This will give your body the nutrients it needs without any gross food like dairy or meat and in a time where it needs them the most. It seems like a no-brainer, but not everyone follows the rules regarding their diet. Give this one a try and see if you feel better!

What Causes Diarrhea?

Diarrhea, or the inability to control bowel movements, can be caused by many things. The most common is irritable bowel (IBS), a disorder that causes changes in the digestion and function of the intestines. Other causes include constipation, viruses and bacteria, food poisoning, and eating popsicles.

What Can I Eat?

Vegetables are good fiber sources that help slow digestion and provide some bulk to your stools. You need to choose organic options to avoid pesticide-related diarrhea. They go through the most work and will have the highest fiber content. Root vegetables like carrots and beets are also good choices because they slow down digestion, and you’ll be able to eat them without feeling bloated.

Fruits and vegetables with an even more laxative effect are called “fiber-rich foods” because they can move things along a bit faster than their less fibrous counterparts. Offerings like raspberries and blueberries fit the bill. Look for potatoes, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower as well. (In the image above is a complete list of what to eat)

How Long can I Stay on This Plan?

This diet is designed to help regulate your bowel movements and ease your stomach discomfort. We recommend seeing a doctor if you’re experiencing any more severe symptoms. If you do not see any results from this diet, it’s probably time to visit your local doctor. Your symptoms may just be temporarily “stuck,” and there’s nothing wrong with that.

NOTE: If you are experiencing stomach pain or an upset stomach, you should see a doctor immediately. If, after several days of following this diet plan, the pain persists or you have bleeding or diarrhea, a trip to the doctor is imperative!

When Should I Start Eating These Foods?

It’s best to begin as soon as possible for the best results. Eat small meals throughout the day every three hours to avoid feeling hungry or leaving too long of a “diarrhea gap.” You should expect a bowel movement within an hour of eating these foods.

Weekly Diet Plan

Day 1:

Gatorade and chicken broth are good staples for when you’re feeling a bit better but can’t keep anything else down – or if it is your first day and your stomach just won’t cooperate. You want to stay hydrated, so as long as you can choke down some fluids, that’s great. The sugar will help raise your blood sugar levels, which helps give you energy while also curbing nausea symptoms. Add vegetables like carrots or kale to the chicken broth if they don’t cause discomfort.

Day 2:

This is when you should start eating a full meal again, but keep in mind that your stomach may not cooperate! You can try some fish or chicken as the protein, and rice is a good filler. Just make sure you stick to the liquids, or else they’ll make you feel sick again! You should also start adding vegetables back in here, so try some leafy greens such as kale.

Day 3:

I suggest using soft-boiled eggs for this plan for breakfast. They are easy to digest and keep you going while being easy on your stomach. If you can’t handle eggs, try some oatmeal. Make sure you add some fresh fruit to help bring back some of the vitamins you lost while being ill.

Day 4:

For lunch, start with some cheese, crackers, or bread. Then add in some soup or broth to help with your liquid consumption. You want to make sure you’re stretching out your stomach so that you can eat more later on! For dinner, try some bland foods like pasta and rice again if you get queasy.

Day 5:

On this day, you can start to skip meals a bit and see if that helps with making you feel better. If so, then you can start eating again! On this day, it’s recommended that you keep all your meals small since that will help your stomach as well, and try to eat every three hours or so. Be careful with your liquid intake, though, since too much liquid can cause diarrhea.

Day 6:

Give your stomach time to recover because now you’re starting to get close to the end of the week. If this is the case, eating a little more is okay, but remember just how sensitive your stomach is, so don’t overdo it! You should also begin noticing the foods that make you feel sick again.

Day 7:

Slowly start to introduce some foods that you usually consume. If this is the case, take it slow and ease back into your eating habits. You want to be careful not to stress your stomach as it still needs time to recover! You can start with a bit of meat and dairy, but then try to ease into the foods you love. It’s best to keep these foods at a “normal” level, though you may still have digestive issues because of your diarrhea. Be sure to stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated drinks, which can cause stomach issues.

Additional Notes

While some moms found this plan worked great during their pregnancy, others did better eating cooked foods and avoiding raw veggies altogether. People are not recommended to consume this diet at the beginning of pregnancy or while breastfeeding. There are many unknown side effects, and it’s best to consult a doctor first if you’re not sure. Also, remember that this diet is meant for occasional use and isn’t meant for an elimination diet. Please see a doctor if you feel that your symptoms are worsening and you do not see any improvement.