A gluten-free bland diet can be a life-saver when you’re feeling sick and need still need energy in your body. In this post, we will discuss what a gluten-free bland diet is, what a BRAT diet is, and when you might follow these diets.
A gluten-free bland diet is a diet that focuses on easy-to-digest foods. These are foods that are typically low in fat, fiber, and have a mild flavor. It’s often used to give the digestive system a break without depriving it of food.
Gluten-free foods to enjoy on a bland diet include:
Gluten-free foods to avoid on a bland diet include:
A bland diet has been thought to help tolerability of foods when nauseous. Additionally, plain gluten-free foods could help with symptoms like heartburn, nausea, vomiting and more. In the case of celiac, these are all common symptoms of gluten exposure. Thus, enjoying bland foods when exposed to gluten may help with symptoms. On that note, you may want to include them in your gluten exposure recovery kit.
Per Web MD, a BRAT diet is a diet focused on bananas, rice, apples, and toast (get it? B-R-A-T?). A bland diet is often used synonymously with a BRAT diet. However, in some cases a BRAT diet is specifically bananas, rice, apples, and low-fiber gluten-free toast. Because a BRAT diet is so restrictive, many people opt for a bland diet instead.
When you’re gluten-free, eating when you’re sick can feel like a challenge. Whether you’re not feeling well because you’ve been glutened (learn more about what to do when you’ve been glutened here) or because you’ve got an infection, plain foods are a solid go-to.
They are comforting and easy on the digestive system which is perfect if your stomach is upset. Another tip is to make sure to keep your meals small and frequent. This will help make sure you’re not undereating which can lead to overeating later on and cause even more symptoms.
Below are lists of gluten-free recipes, snacks, and pre-made meals to buy when you’re sick.
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