Whether it be morning sickness, car sickness, the flu, a similar bug, or a reaction to medication, when you puke up just simply LOOKING at food, it’s difficult to imagine actually eating, especially when you know it’s going to be at your feet in a few moments. But your body needs something of substance inside it, and eating actually makes the puking process go a lot smoother (if that’s even possible). So do your body a favor and eat a little something even if it’s not going to stay down long. Here are the best food choices for your super queasy stomach.
Bread. Untoasted. Just grab a piece and start chewing. Bread soaks up the acids in your belly, and when you throw bread back up, it just rolls out peacefully.
Crackers. Unsalted. Just chow down on as many crackers as you can before they come rushing back out at you. I prefer bread to crackers as you don’t have to chew bread so much, which is a plus on a super queasy stomach.
Surprisingly, a warmed up flour tortilla. Place a flour tortilla in the microwave for about 20 seconds, roll it up and enjoy. It’s chewy and moist, and a lot of dense substance, and without a huge amount of flavor. When I’m sick, this is the only food I can keep down for longer than a few minutes. When it comes back up, it’s so tender it’s almost like throwing up water.
Rice, or oatmeal, as plain as you can stand them. While these foods are full of substance that will stick to your ribs, expect to be spitting out a lot of tiny pieces of rice or oats when you puke them back up again. However, oats and rice do tend to stay down for quite a while, and if you can eat them plain are not bad on your tummy.
Bananas. Oh, bananas are wonderful when you’re sick. They are perhaps the most forgiving fruit when you’re sick, and when you puke up bananas they just come out so nicely and smooth. Plus, they help battle diarrhea, which is a huge plus. Mix a fresh banana with fresh oatmeal and you’re golden. One of the best foods ever on your erupting belly. It even tastes good coming back up.
Foods to stay away from? Buttery foods and cheesy, dairy foods. These foods just curdle in your belly and make you feel worse than before you ate them. Your goal is to get foods down that you can tolerate and possibly get some nutrients out of, not foods that make you feel worse. Choose wisely.
So long as you’re getting something with substance into your belly that doesn’t have a huge amount of flavor that may rub your belly the wrong way, you should be able to keep them down at least for a little while, and when you do puke, these foods can help make that process easier, too. And as always, keep up with your consumption of water. Dry heaves are the worst.