Make small changes to your diet
Eat small amounts of food often
Try to eat something small every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Hunger and an empty stomach can make nausea worse.
Sip fluids throughout the day
- Try to drink 6-8 cups of fluids each day to prevent dehydration.
- Fluids include water, soup broth, 100% juices, tea, and ginger ale.
- Try separating fluids from solid foods. It may be easier to have fluid 30 minutes before or after a meal.
Timing is everything
- Make the most of the times when you are feeling well by choosing nutritious foods to eat during that time.
- Prepare meals and snacks in advance. When you are feeling stronger, make big batches of soups, stews and casseroles and freeze in single serving portions. This can be easily reheated when you don’t feel like cooking.
Choose bland, starchy foods that are easy on the stomach such as dry toast or a bagel, crackers, pretzels, plain rice or noodles, or digestive cookies.
If you are able to keep the bland foods down, gradually add protein to your choices such as toast with peanut butter, a tuna or chicken sandwich, and cooked eggs.
Foods to avoid when nauseous
Only avoid spicy, sweet, greasy and fried foods if they are harder on your stomach.