Transcription of The IC Diet
1 For more information visit Confident Choices at Understanding the Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome diet Determining Your Personal Trigger Foods 3. Don't be afraid to eat. In addition to the many foods that you can enjoy from the Bladder Friendly list, as your symptoms diet modification is the first line of defense for patients struggling improve, add variety to your diet by testing foods from the Try with interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). Since It list. Some bladder patients, occasionally, may be able to sensitivity to various foods can vary among individuals, it is important consume small quantities foods from the Caution list. to determine your personal trigger foods. This three-column system is based on emerging research as well as information gathered from 4.
2 Shop for fresh foods whenever possible. Processed foods patient and clinician experience. often contain ingredients that can be irritating including some preservatives, artificial flavorings, additives and or artificial vitamins. Organic foods often contain fewer additives and may be Step by Step Through the Food Categories useful in an IC diet . Always read labels to look for hidden triggers. Bladder Friendly includes foods that rarely bother even the most 5. Try different brands. Many "brands" of the same food have sensitive IC bladders. If you are newly diagnosed, eat these foods completely different ingredients and additives and could irritate until you experience some relief from your symptoms. It may take a the bladder. few weeks, but do your best to stick with it! 6. Avoid foods that you know you are allergic to even if they Try It includes foods that are generally safe to eat though they are included in this diet guide.
3 Pre-existing food allergies, such might bother more sensitive bladders. If your bladder is improving, as an allergy to nuts or grains, can also trigger bladder irritation these foods are safe to try. Test one food at a time, beginning with a and/or a stronger allergic reaction. small quantity such as 1/2 a piece of fruit or a dash of spice, gradually increasing portion size over the course of a few days. If you do not react to the food, you can add it to your own personal Bladder Developed in partnership with: Friendly list. If your symptoms flare after consuming a problem food, return to the foods you know to be ok for your bladder until the Julie Beyer MA. RD, Author & Nutrition Counselor ( ). flare passes. Confident Choices: Customizing the IC diet Confident Choices: A Cookbook for IC and OAB.
4 Caution includes foods which trigger bladder discomfort. Try these Barbara Gordon, RD, Executive Director foods only if your bladder is no longer sensitive. Interstitial Cystitis Association ( ). Beverley Laumann, Author, Support Group Leader A Taste of the Good Life: A Cookbook for an IC diet Additional Hints Fresh Tastes by Bev IC diet column Jill Osborne MA, Author & President 1. Keep a good food and symptoms diary while you are Interstitial Cystitis Network ( ). experimenting with your diet . It can take from minutes to hours Barbara Shorter, EdD, RD, CDN. for a problem food or beverage to trigger symptoms. Director, Undergraduate Nutrition Program, Long Island University 2. Avoid trigger foods when starting new therapies, such as Faculty, Smith Institute for Urology ( ). Elmiron.
5 Problem foods may compromise the effectiveness of those treatments. For more information visit Confident Choices at IC/PBS Food List Bladder Friendly Try It Caution Note: Foods labeled with a plus sign (+) can be especially soothing during an IC flare. water test to find one that works for you Juice low-acid orange, grape, some apple, baby alcohol not only irritating to the bladder juice blueberry, pear coffee herbal, low-acid decaf, roasted carob but also contraindicated with many IC. milk+ tea alfalfa, roasted carob medications milk substitutes almond+, rice, Lactaid+ soda root beer with ice (decaffeinated, not diet ) water carbonated, vitamin, flavored milkshake vanilla+ sports drinks test to find one that works for juice cranberry, orange, acai tea chamomile+, peppermint+ you ( , blue Gatorade) milk chocolate, soy non-dairy creamers check label coffee regular & decaf eggnog non alcoholic+, without problem teas regular, green, herbal, iced ingredients sodas colas, citrus, orange, diet Beverages drink powders such as Kool-aid , lemonade, orange, or powdered ice tea drinks sports drinks energy drinks guarana, mate + +.
6 Breads corn bread , oat bread , pita, breads rye, sourdough breads made with unsafe ingredients + + and/or heavily processed and fortified potato bread , white bread , Italian sweet cereals instant packaged hot cereal bread, whole wheat bread ( Ezekiel) crackers without problem ingredients cereals heavily preserved, sweetened, heavily fortified, flavored, cereals most cereals without problem grain amaranth ingredients, oat cereal, rice cereal (hot or flour soy cold). pasta prepared or boxed pasta dishes crackers matzo rice boxed dishes grains couscous, grits, millet, quinoa+, spelt flours buckwheat, wheat Grains pasta rice+. nuts almonds, cashews, peanuts nuts macadamia, pecans, walnuts nuts filberts, hazelnuts, pecans, butters almond, peanut mayonnaise pistachios oils canola, coconut, corn, olive, peanut, tahini oils check label safflower, sesame, soy seeds sunflower seeds salad dressings most margarine shortening butter-flavored lard If you have nut or other food allergies, shortening talk with your healthcare provider salad dressing homemade without about your special diet needs.
7 Problem ingredients Fats and Nuts For more information visit Confident Choices at Bladder Friendly Try It Caution eggs+ garden/veggie burgers without soy products cured meats bologna, pepperoni, salami poultry chicken+, turkey beef corned beef canned crab meat fish+ sandwich meats liverwurst, ham (fresh or hot dogs beef+ boiled, without heavy preservatives or flavorings.) sausage most seafood clams, crabmeat (not canned), bacon smoked fish lobster, shrimp anchovies soy products soy veggie patties, protein lamb+ caviar powder, tofu pork prosciutto protein powder whey, egg whites sausages without problem ingredients Eggs, Meat, Fish and Poultry veal liver beef or chicken cheeses American, mozzarella, cheddar cheeses blue cheese, brie, brick parmesan, cheeses processed, Cheez Whiz + camembert, cheddar cheese (sharp), edam, cheese (mild), feta, ricotta+, string cheeses ice cream caution with citrus or chocolate emmenthaler, gruyere hard jack, Monterey Jack, flavors cream cheese parmesan (fresh & canned)
8 , Roquefort, stilton, cottage cheese+ Swiss soy products soy milk, soy cheeses ice cream+ most buttermilk milk+ sour cream - accent on a baked potato or soup milk substitutes Lactaid pizza - plain, chicken & garlic, veggie or made with sherbet no citrus or chocolate flavors white sauce - no pepperoni Rice Dream dessert vanilla sorbet Dairy, Cheeses, Frozen Desserts whipped cream Cool Whip yogurt - blueberry, vanilla, plain apples Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady applesauce commercial or baby berries cranberries, most applesauce homemade with Gala, Fuji or apricots citrus lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit Pink Lady apples bananas dried fruit with preservatives blueberries+ berries blackberries, raspberries, olallieberries grapes coconut without preservatives cherimoya guava dates without preservatives cherries fresh, maraschino kiwi fruit pears+ citrus peels melons cantaloupe watermelon currants nectarines Fruits figs passion fruit mango papaya melon Crenshaw, honeydew persimmon peaches pineapple plums starfruit raisins brown strawberries rhubarb raisins golden For more information visit Confident Choices at Bladder Friendly Try It Caution asparagus beans fava, kidney beans, lima beans, black chili peppers avocado beans onions raw bulb onions beans black eyed peas, garbanzo, lentils, bell peppers green pickles pinto, white, most dried beans olives green sauerkraut beets greens chicory, dandelion greens, purslane, soy beans edamame.
9 Roasted turnip greens broccoli tomato tomato sauces, tomato juice brussels sprouts leeks (cooked). tofu cabbage onions white, red, cooked bulb onion, raw green carrots+ tomatoes homegrown, low acid Vegetables watercress and Dried cauliflower Beans celery chives corn+. cucumber eggplant green beans greens collard greens, kale, mustard greens, okra, swiss chard, spinach, bok choy lettuce & most salad greens mushrooms+. olives black parsley+. peas green+, snow peas, split peas bell peppers yellow, orange, red potatoes+ white, yams pumpkin radishes rhubarb rutabaga squash+ summer, winter, zucchini turnips homemade soup & stock from okay soups canned, low sodium, organic soups bouillon cubes, powder meats and vegetables (without problem ingredients) canned most packaged soups most Soups For more information visit Confident Choices at Bladder Friendly Try It Caution almonds donuts glazed, old fashioned chips potato (seasoned, barbequed).
10 Carrots graham crackers dessert cakes fast food restaurants celery fruit & nut bars with safe ingredients chips (plain) corn , potato licorice crackers soda or soup pizza plain, chicken & garlic, veggie or made with fruit bars blueberry, pear white sauce - no pepperoni milkshake vanilla oatmeal bars Snacks peanuts peanut butter popcorn pretzels plain berries blueberries artificial sweeteners Splenda (sucralose) artificial sweeteners acesulfame K. cake homemade pound cake+, +. angel food , candy caramel aspartame, Nutrasweet , saccharine, Sweet- +. homemade white/yellow cakes , carrot chocolate white N-Low, stevia frostings - homemade vanilla frosting, ice cream caramel, coconut, mango, candy red hot-type cinnamon homemade caramel frosting, carob, whipped peppermint, butter pecan chocolate cocoa, milk, bittersweet, dark cream sorbet coconut ice cream chocolate, coffee, rocky road carob pastries blueberry, cinnamon sorbets with problem fruits cookies oatmeal+, shortbread, sugar+ popsicles some pastries with problem fruits muffins carrot sweet bread banana pie pecan, mincemeat Desserts and cheesecake yogurt frozen desserts with problem nuts Sweets creme br l e fruitcakes custards+.