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What to eat/drink after vomiting?

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Created January 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Pre-Paleo I would eat crackers or whole wheat toast with diet ginger ale after vomiting from, say, food poisoning, but I'm not about to go back to my old ways and make myself even sicker.

What does the Paleo community recommend for recovering from stomach illness?

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3979 · April 25, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Listen to your body. What does it want, if anything? It's a good skill to have.

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4080 · January 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Or anything you might not want to vomit up in the next shaky hour or so, where you might puke again. Ruined me on coconut water...

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40 · January 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Bone broth would be the best all-around solution for replacing the electrolytes & minerals lost when you vomit. Bone broth has calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulfur, and salt all in an easy to digest package that will not upset your stomach.

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817 · January 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

sipping bone broth! good vitamins to help you recover and easy on the stomach.

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61 · January 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

great answer..:)

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61 · January 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

nice ideas. what i love is water. i had some green juices. juicess. herbal infusions. clay. cold infusions with herbs or tea. Nettle tea or infusion.

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6709 · January 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Compazine suppository if you can't stop vomiting puts an end to it and allows you to sleep.

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37187 · January 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

That's my thought too. Imagining myself nauseous, broth popped right into my head.

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4258 · January 28, 2012 at 2:49 PM

if it sounds nauseating, avoid it, but I'd also add butter or coconut oil to Milla's list. Salt, fat, and certain nutrients and enzymes. It's not a perfect solution, but it can help.

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310 · January 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thank you. Good ideas.

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3197 · January 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Firstly, make sure you hydrate yourself since vomiting upsets your electrolyte balance. Coconut water is very good. Herbal teas such as chamomile and peppermint (brew a teabag of each) are very soothing on the GI tract and decrease irritation, spasms and inflammation. Lemon & ginger, with perhaps some honey (if you eat it) is also good. Ginger particularly is also anti bacterial and anti-emetic (stops vomiting & nausea).

Bone broth is probably the best way to shuttle in nutrients if you can't keep anything down, and the gelatin is very soothing on the GI tract.

Once you actually feel hungry, well-cooked lean meat (e.g. turkey breast), root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, swede, squash, pumpkin) and some fruit (cooked apples/applesauce, bananas -if you eat them) are best. You can boil some turkey/chicken breast with some root vegetables in some bone broth, and puree for a creamy soup. Similarly, you can cook & puree root vegetables and even cauliflower to make a mash.

Then you can go on to steamed lean-ish meat, perhaps some scrambled eggs.

Get better!

Milla

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61 · January 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

great answer..:)

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4258 · January 28, 2012 at 2:49 PM

if it sounds nauseating, avoid it, but I'd also add butter or coconut oil to Milla's list. Salt, fat, and certain nutrients and enzymes. It's not a perfect solution, but it can help.

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40 · January 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Bone broth would be the best all-around solution for replacing the electrolytes & minerals lost when you vomit. Bone broth has calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulfur, and salt all in an easy to digest package that will not upset your stomach.

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1078 · January 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Lots of water rich with electrolytes since vomiters tend to be dehydrated - coconut water would be good.

Broth

Bananas and applesauce are still paleo, and a little white rice never killed anyone.

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310 · January 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thank you. Good ideas.

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61 · January 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

nice ideas. what i love is water. i had some green juices. juicess. herbal infusions. clay. cold infusions with herbs or tea. Nettle tea or infusion.

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379 · January 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I strongly recommend fasting until you're hungry (if you have no appetite, there are good reasons your body doesn't want food), and sipping water until then. Once you want food, if you trust your body to be free of addictions, eat what you crave. Your body knows what it needs and will tell you.

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3125 · January 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

dont eat ahything you just vomited

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4080 · January 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Or anything you might not want to vomit up in the next shaky hour or so, where you might puke again. Ruined me on coconut water...

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1070 · January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Definitely bone broth

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37187 · January 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

That's my thought too. Imagining myself nauseous, broth popped right into my head.

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48 · January 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

you can eat and drink anything you want. Part of the reason crackers and soda helped you is placebo and it takes you back to when you were a kid and your mom comforted you with those things.

Say you just vomited and you have that weak/thirsty feeling. You drink a glass of water but are still weak. You open your fridge and the sight of eggs makes you nauseous - don't eat eggs, your body is telling you something. However, the _ looks good or less bad. Eat that.

I know, it's practically rocket science, but if a paleo person 12,000 years ago could eat after vomiting without the aid of refrigeration and the internet, you too can do it too.

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3280 · January 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I take very dilute bone broth; if I'm feeling strong enough I will take it with a touch of pur??ed pumpkin or squash. I recently tried Campbells Chicken Noodle -- my pre-paleo go-to -- and found I couldn't stomach it. Now I always keep a frozen bone broth stash on hand.

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823 · January 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Bentonite can be good for 'curing' stuff wrong in the GI tract. It's clay, in a very fine powder. I prefer it mixed with juice, you can mix it with water.

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310 · January 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Thank you, everyone, for your responses. I was deathly ill. For future occasions, I'm going to start keeping in stock bone broth and some of the other great ideas each of you had.

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11152 · January 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Food poisoning is the absolute worst. I feel for you!

A broth with fat & salt works the best. You can use bone broth or if you don't have any, a simple soup made with chicken bouillon. Don't try to eat any solids in the form of veggies, nuts or fruits yet. I've also found that just drinking plain water will not re-hydrate your body--it will just come out the back end the same way it came in ;)

A quick soup recipe that has some protein in it is egg drop soup. Boil 4 cups of water, add in 3-4 bouillon cubes and 1-2 Tbsp of butter. Crack open and scramble 1-2 eggs in a cup, and with a fork lightly drizzle the eggs into the roiling water. Take off heat immediately, wait 5 minutes before serving.

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0 · April 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I'm vomiting. Too. I ate crackers with 7/up and I was better.

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61 · January 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

AS an ex bulimic. and still remulate. that mean irechew the food like a cow. im very sticky to my diet. and try to eat simple. i ate yesterday. rice with some red cury paste and got sick. and before some blue farmed mussles and got sick. What i did. Yesterday. i vomit and then drink water. then vomit the water. drink water vomit. til the urge is gone. i also know this can be very gale juice like or bitter. you can clean your stomache with watr. i did it some times and gone good with it. For the throat and cause of the pH of the acid. its good to have water. or herbalteas like chamile or comfrey( contains pyroalkanoide, so decide for oyursefl) or other herbs to sooth the gums mouth and throat. water is good to neutralize the pH. otherwise. what about bakingsoda(aluminum free) to neutralize acids. Healing clay is a wonderful thing for feeling sick. there are a lot herbs for this thing as well. also smell of peperment.

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3125 · January 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

dont eat ahything you just vomited

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